Camping and Hiking in Portland
Oregon offers some of the most breathtaking and exhilarating views imaginable from the mountaintops of Portland. You can hike to the top of Mt. Hood or camp in the valley and be surrounded by nature and silence for a weekend of relaxation and fresh air.
Where to Camp and Hike in Portland
Triple Falls, Columbia River Gorge
If you want to see stunning waterfalls, this 4.5-mile loop will show you five of the best waterfalls around. On this trail, you will first view Horsetail Falls, 176-foot roadside gusher, then you will ascend to Ponytail Falls, which is 75 feet high. Next is the 65-foot Oneonta Falls, which leads you to a creek through an old-growth forest you’ll follow to the 85-foot Triple Falls, where Oneonta Creek splits in three. There are plenty of great camping spots along this 4.5-mile loop.
Lookout Mountain, Mt. Hood National Forest
The best place to see Oregon’s highest point is from the top of Lookout Mountain, where you can view Mt. Rainier, the Three Sisters, the central Oregon desert and the Columbia River. The 9.6-mile hike there and back offers stunning sights in Oregon’s most beautiful land.
Serene Lake Trail
The Serene Lake Trail offers six lakes and views of the five Cascade volcanoes. To begin the 12.6-mile trail, take the Shellrock Lake Trail to Frazier Turnaround and then drop down to junctions to see the three Rock Lakes. The upper lake is a beautiful site to see and is the most peaceful location to stop and rest at. The middle great for a quick dip in the water to cool down. If you continue on Serene Lake, you’ll find an incredible camping spot at the far end past a shoreline boulder perched 10 feet deep.
Living in Portland
If you are ready to take on nature with one of these hikes or camping spots, visit Portland and enjoy all of the beautiful views Portland’s mountains have to offer. Don’t forget to visit some of the waterfalls too!