Rad Places to Hike in Oregon

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From ghostly to breathtaking trails, from moderate to difficult, Oregon has never disappointed in the amount of outstanding hiking trails it has. Here are the five trails that every Oregonian should visit at one point in their life.

 

 

  • Proxy Falls; Mckenzie Bridge, Oregon

 

For an easy-going, breathtaking trail, this is the perfect fit. The Proxy Falls trail is only 1.5 miles long. Two different waterfalls are able to be seen on this hiking loop. It is only an hour drive from the Junc.

 

 

  • Silver Creek Falls; Silverton, Oregon

 

This is the largest state park in Oregon. It is just an hour and a half away from Junction City, and just East of Salem. The most popular trail is a 6.9 mile hike with ten waterfalls to see. Silver Creek is open all year long, but the best time to visit is from March to May.

 

 

  • Opal Creek; Lyons, Oregon

 

The drive to Opal Creek may be long, but it’s worth it. Waters of the creek are very much like an opal, with different variations of blues and greens. There are eight trails totaling at 36 miles to hike. April through October is the best time to hike here. Space is usually very limited for parking, so carpooling is a good idea.

 

 

  • Fort Stevens; Astoria, Oregon

 

This hike, or exploration, would make an amazing spring break trip. It is three hours away from Junction City, unfortunately, but has many places to view. Fort Stevens was constructed during Civil War times and was in use until World War II. It was originally built to protect against a potential attack from the British during the Pig War.

 

 

  • Cape Perpetua; Yachats, Oregon

 

This is a lovely beach hike to a viewpoint that over looks the ocean. Devil’s Churn  is also located here, as well as Thor’s Well. Both of these are amazing oceanic phenomena. Thor’s Well is a formation of rock that looks as if it’s a bowl that will never be filled, while Devil’s Churn is a crevice in the shoreline that is empty during low tide but almost fills during high tide.

 

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