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John Repplinger, Science Librarian: Suggested Hikes


Salem is uniquely situated an hour from the coast and an hour from the Cascade Mountains with many hikes in close proximity to Willamette University. These are just a few hiking gems you can explore. Don't forget to explore the Seven Wonders of Oregon!



Silver Creek Falls

Silver Creek Falls


Silver Creek Falls is open year-round and close
to Salem. Walk behind waterfalls to cool off in
summer or watch the power of the falls during
the rain season.

Willamette Mission Park


Willamette Mission Park is about four miles
north of Keizer, and it has miles of trails to
explore in the 1,300 acre park. It includes
woodlands, wetlands, rolling meadows, and
working farmlands. It is ideal for biking.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls


Multnomah Falls, east of Portland, has great
fall colors and frozen ice in winter. Nearby is 
Crowne Point and the historic Columbia River
Scenic Byway
that has several other waterfalls
along an 8 mile stretch. Visit the Bonneville
Lock and Dam
or watch wind surfers.

Jefferson Park


Hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It runs through
Washington, Oregon, and California. Mount
Jefferson's Pamelia Lake is an access point.

Mary's Peak


Mary's Peak, south of Corvallis, is a great
spring and summer hike that has wonderful
overlooks of the Willamette Valley.



McKenzie River Trail and Tamolitch Blue
 trail along a blue river and it is
picturesque. The trail is also repeatedly voted
#1 mountain bike trail in the US.

The Painted Hills


 In eastern Oregon, The Painted Hills are
one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon,
along with the John Day Fossil Beds.

Smith Rock


Hike to the top of Smith Rock or rock climb
in several areas. The hike to the top takes
most of the day.

Crater Lake


Crater Lake is Oregon's only National Park.
Bike or drive the volcano's rim in summer
and early fall when the snow has melted. Hike 
Watchman Peak and climb up the old fire
watch tower, boat over to Wizard Island and
explore the old lava dome. Hike along the 
Pinnacles and Godrey Glen trails. 

The Wallowa Mountains


The Wallowas, dubbed the Little Switzerland,
is in NE Oregon and is a wonderful place for
camping, hiking, and playing in a lake.

 Hells Canyon


Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North
America, is in NE Oregon near the Wallowas.
Drive or boat along the Snake River, view
ancient petroglyphs.

Drift Creek Falls


Drift Creek Falls and Suspension Bridge is
south of Lincoln City. This is a fun, short hike.
Access is available near Lincoln City or
Highway 22.

Ecola State Park


Ecola State Park is a great place to explore
along the beach, and nearby is Cannon Beach
a quaint little coastal town known for the cannon
balls that wash up along the shore line.

Cape Lookout


Cape Lookout is a coastal hike on a small
peninsula (4.7 miles) where you can see a slight
curve to the Earth. Even in the fog the trail offers
interesting views of twisted trees. The Netarts
Spit Trail
is nearby.

 Mount St. Helens


Mount St. Helens, another Northwest must! 
Visit the observation center for an unbeatable
view of the live volcano, and visit nearby 
Ape Cave, a chilly two miles long lava tube.

Oregon Caves

The Oregon Caves National Monument,
dubbed the "Marble Halls of Oregon," is a
popular place in the summer. You can take
guided tours of the twisting passages and lava
tubes, including "spelunking" (off-trail caving) 
of the Siskiyou Mountains. 

Oregon Redwoods

The Oregon Redwoods are located along
Oregon's south coast of the Rogue River and
Siskiyou National Forest. This near-tropical
zone has towering giant redwoods where you
can hike and explore. 

Mount Hood is the United States largest night
ski area, and is a great place to explore any
time of the year. There are the ski lifts for skiing,
snowboarding, and inner tubing in the winter.
Drive up to Timberline Lodge during summer
and fall to view gorgeous foliage. 

The Alvord Desert

The Alvord Desert is a dried up lake bed in
southeast Oregon. Similar to Death Valley, its
frequently used for sail racing along the 37
miles long stretch (east to west) and 20 miles
wide. Best time to visit is in the fall.



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