Fall Hikes

By Madeline Sweet, Reporter

Since the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, it seems like there aren’t many places to hike. However, there are many great trails all over Oregon and Washington. Don’t let unfamiliarity with other areas keep you inside, just remember to be prepared, map out the trail, and tell someone where you are going.  Here are some hikes to discover this fall:


Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain is a steep climb with a beautiful view at the top. It is also popular for wildflowers in the summer. The parking lot fills up pretty fast on weekends so try to be there before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m.

Located: North Side of the Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington side.

Distance: 6.9 miles (round trip)

Type: Loop

Difficulty: Hard

Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

Requirements: Northwest Forest Pass required. $2 toll each way at the Bridge of the Gods.


Salmon River Trail

The Salmon River Trail is famous for its old growth forest and the salmon that swim upstream from September to November. This trail also goes into the Mt. Hood National Forest after a few miles.

Located: Welches, Oregon.

Distance: 20+ miles

Type: Out-and-Back

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 4,000 (in 20 Miles)

Requirements: Wilderness permit needed from May 15-Oct 15


Maple to Wildwood Trail:

Forest Park is packed full of wonderful hikes located only 20 minutes away from downtown Portland. The Maple to Wildwood Trail is one of my personal favorites in Forest Park. This trail includes great views and has minimal elevation.

Location: Forest Park

Distance: 5.8 miles

Type: Loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 856 ft

Requirements: None