Scenic Trails

 
 
 
 

Oregon has an extensive network of federal, state and local trails and some are state-designated scenic and regional trails. Scenic trails showcase Oregon’s outstanding natural features including rivers, mountains, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. Oregon’s regional trails connect recreation sites, schools and services and are alternative transportation routes.

Visit State Trail Designation Programs for information about the trail designation steps.

Scenic Trails

Cape Lookout Trail -- 2.4 miles

Hiking iconThe hike takes you through a lush coastal forest to the very tip of the Cape Lookout headland. Take in the incomparable views of the ocean and beaches to the south. See the Cape Lookout Trail Guide for hike details and the Cape Lookout State Park web page for photos, park information and driving directions.

Dinah Moe Humm-Kiwa Butte Trails -- 7.7 miles

Biking iconThe Wanoga Complex of mountain bike trails is in the Descutes National Forest near Bend. The Dinah Moe Humm and Kiwa Butte trails are moderate rides through second-growth timber with great views of central Oregon scenery. Visit the Central Oregon Trail Alliance for more information.

Humbug Mountain Trail -- 4.4 miles

Hiking iconHike the loop trail on one of the coast's highest headlands. Beginning at nearly sea level, the trail climbs 1,756 feet to the summit and down the other side. Look for glimpses of small but spectaculer views of the ocean and the coastal mountain range. See the Humbug Mountain Trail Guide for hike details and the Humbug Mountain State Park web page for photos, park information and driving directions.

Metolius-Windigo Trail -- 157 miles

Hiking iconEquestrian iconBIcycling iconThe Metolius-Windigo parallels the Pacific Crest Trail to the east of the Cascades crest, although at a lower elevation. Experience all of central Oregon's wonders, including the occasional scars from wildfire. Some portions of the trail have mountain bike restrictions. Visit the Deschutes National Forest web page for more information and a map.

Oregon Coast Trail -- 344 miles

Hiking iconThe Oregon Coast Trail is 384 miles from border to border and 344 miles are designated scenic trail. Work is under way to create maps of 15 hiking options within the designated portions. See the Oregon Coast Trail web page for maps of the entire trail. The trail traverses all that the coast has to offer from breathtaking ocean vistas to the centers of bustling coastal towns.

Saddle Mountain Trail -- 2.5 miles

HIking iconThe panoramic view at the 3,283-foot summit is worth this 1,600-foot climb. Fog and clouds can obscure your view at the top, but don’t despair; the spring wildflowers and rare plants along the way make up for it. See the Saddle Mountain Trail Guide for hike details and the Saddle Mountain State Natural Area web page for photos, park information and driving directions.

South Shore Phillips Lake Trail -- 6.6 miles

Hiking iconBicyling iconThe South Shore Phillips Lake Trail begins on the south side of Mason Dam and ends near Southwest Shore Campground. The trail follows the shore through grasslands and young ponderosa pine forests and has views of the Elkhorn Mountains. Look for waterfowl, shore birds and deer and elk. Visit the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest web page for more information.

Sterling Mine Ditch Trail -- 17 miles

Bicycling iconHIking iconEquestrian iconNarrow singletrack follows the edge of a hand-dug ditch as it weaves through steep terrain and varied microclimates. Look for views of the Applegate Valley and Siskiyous. Vist the Bureau of Land Managment Medford District web page for more information.

 


 

Regional Trails

40-Mile Loop Trail -- 102 miles

Hiking iconBicycling iconEquestrian iconFirst proposed in 1904, 102 miles of the evenutal 140-mile trail are completed. The trail connects more than 30 parks in the Portland Metro Area. Portions of the trail wind past the banks of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, through Forest Park and along one of many greenspaces in and around Portland. Visit The Intertwine 40-mile Loop Trail web page for more information.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail -- 22 miles

Hiking iconEquestrian iconThe Banks-Vernonia State Trail is Oregon's first rails-to-trail linear state park. The trail starts on the Tualatin Valley floor in Banks and climbs the foothills of the coast range to Vernonia. Trail views include two 700-foot long, 80-foot high railroad trestles (Buxton and Horseshoe). The trail also has 13 bridges. Visit the Banks-Vernonia State Trail web page for photos, park information and driving directions. 

Bear Creek Greenway Trail -- 20 miles

Hiking iconBicycling iconEquestrian iconThe Bear Creek Greenway is a separated, paved multi-use trail connecting Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Central Point. The trail parallels Highway 99 and Interstate 5 as it follows Bear Creek through urban areas, rural sections and more than seven parks. Visit the Bear Creek Greenway web page for more information.

OC&E Woods Line State Trail -- 36 miles

Bicycling iconEquestrian iconThe OC&E Woods Line State Trail is a 100-mile rail to trail. The 36 miles from Klamath Falls to Sprague River are designated. The trail begins in the heart of Klamath Falls and is paved for the first 9 miles. The trail at Olene transitions to a compacted gravel trail for the next 27 miles. Visit the OC&E Woods Line State Trail web page for photos, park information and driving directions.

Willow Creek Canyon Trail -- 6.4 miles

Hiking iconBicyclingEquestrian iconThe Willow Creek Canyon Trail is a rail to trail that follows Willow Creek from Madras to Lake Simtustus. You cross Willow Creek twice as you descend into a rimrock canyon.