Portland is a wonderful and quirky city, but event the most city-loving people eventually need to take a little break and head out into the great outdoors. There are so many incredible hikes you can take around Portland since Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Experience waterfalls, forests, viewpoints, and plenty more as you explore the greater Portland area.
These falls are found on the east base of Mount Hood. This waterfall hike is a classic one that isn’t one of the more overcrowded like the ones at Columbia River Gorge. Head onto the “Fruit Loop” if you take the long way home along the Hood River.
If you’re looking for incredible views, then look no further than the Coastal Range. A great hike here is the Cape Falcon, which is found in the Oswald West State Park. Starting out at the Arch Cape, it goes for 4.8 miles start to finish. You can then finish off the day at the wild ale brewery de Garde Brewing.
Lower Punch Bowl Falls
For the serious hikers, there’s nothing quite like the Lower Punch Bowl Falls inclines to get your heart racing. Once you reach the Punchbowl Falls themselves, you’ll be tempted to take a selfie with the gorgeous scenery surrounding you, and we don’t blame you. For some great local beers, head to Gorges Beer Co. and Thunder Island Brewing.
Just 300 minutes from downtown Portland, Angel’s Rest offers incredible views at the end of the hike. The one caveat is that this location does tend to get crowded, especially on the weekend. Enjoy breakfast at Shari’s, a local diner that serves breakfast 24 hours a day. For more local beer, try out Level Beer.