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Don’t you just love the greenery of Oregon? The lush green color that much of Oregon is covered with is one of the claims to fame for the Beaver State and one of the reasons many people love it so much. If you aren’t familiar with the Pacific Northwest, you may be thinking that we have only evergreen trees here. Guess what?! We are blessed with so much more than just the beautiful evergreen trees that we are famous for. But there is nothing quite like autumn in the Pacific Northwest and hiking some of the best fall hikes in Oregon will show you just that! Let’s be honest though, while these are my favorite Oregon trails to hit in the fall, most of them are amazing in a different way every season.
If you know where to look, you will be blessed with amazing views of nature. In Oregon we are blessed with a true four seasons year, which means that our views are beautiful year round. Never is it more beautiful than in the fall though and hiking is the best way to see these views (in my opinion). I absolutely love an autumn hike in Oregon and if you haven’t done any fall hiking here yet, you are in for a treat! I have done a lot of hiking in Oregon year round and these are the best fall hikes in Oregon that I have experienced.
The Best Fall Hikes in Oregon
These are the best fall hikes in Oregon that I have experienced. I know that there must be plenty more out there, I just haven’t visited them yet! Please share your favorites too!
Peavy Arboretum (Corvallis area)
Peavy Arboretum is operated by Oregon State University and has served as the college of forestry management since the 60s. Here you will find over 30 miles of trails, each containing many different species of trees and foliage as well as countless wildlife viewing opportunities.
You can learn all about Peavy Arboretum and the McDonald Forest trail system here.
Multnomah Falls (Columbia River Gorge)
If you have done any hiking in Oregon, you have likely been to Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is one of the most recognizable images from the state of Oregon and for good reason. It is stunning! The image of the 620 foot falls cascading down framed by autumn colors of the maple trees surrounding is a visually stunning experience that you won’t soon forget.
You can learn more about Multnomah Falls here.
Blue Pool (Tamolitch Falls)
Blue Pool may not be one that you think of often when you think of fall hikes in Oregon. It is always one that comes to mind when I think of summer hikes, but let me tell you. Blue Pool is stunning in the fall. The pops of autumn color coming from the surrounding trees with the backdrop of the bright blue pool of water. It’s simply amazing.
Learn more about Tamolitch Falls here.
Opal Creek (Near Gates)
While at the time of this posting, the Opal Creek trail system is currently closed due to damage sustained by the Beachie Creek fire in 2020, it remains among my favorite fall hikes in Oregon. The backdrop of the autumn colored foliage of the forest with the old steam powered engines and historic mill site makes for a beautiful site and excellent photo opportunities. This is an Instagram loving hiker’s dream come true. We can all hope and pray for it to someday be reopened and back to its former glory.
You can learn more about Opal Creek here.
Drift Creek Falls (Otis)
Outside of Peavy Arboretum, I believe that I have hiked Drift Creek Falls more than any other in the state. My in-laws own a home in the area so whenever we visit them there we make a trip to Drift Creek. I love Drift Creek Falls for multiple reasons. It is close to the beach, it’s a hike that can easily be done by the family, but still offers some challenge, and it HAS A SUSPENSION BRIDGE. I’m a big lover of bridges so that’s what gets me the most. The Oregon Coast Range mountains are home to this beautiful trail and waterfall and let me tell you. There is nothing quite as beautiful as the Oregon Coast Range in the fall. We have done this trail many times during all of the seasons of the year and while I still say summertime is my favorite for this one, fall comes pretty darn close.
While this trail is 20+ minutes away from the beach, you’ll often find Drift Creek Falls listed as one of the best Oregon Coast hikes.
You can learn more about Drift Creek Falls here.
Silver Creek Falls (Silverton)
This is easily one of the most popular of the Oregon State Parks and a well known one for hikers in the area. Here you can see SEVEN different waterfalls, including one that you can walk behind! I will tell you a little secret about this one. I once visited Silver Creek Falls With my daughter’s 4th grade class and learned that this park is actually located in a rainforest. No wonder the foliage is so amazing and to see it in the fall is something else!! Call me dumb, but I had no idea that we had rainforests in our area until this visit I made as an adult.
Silver Creek Falls definitely makes the best hiking list for beginners and experts alike. There are several loops so you can go at your own pace and not overexert yourself.
You can learn more about Silver Creek Falls here.
More Fall Hikes in Oregon and Other Stops to Make
- Mary’s Peak is another great one to visit during fall. From here you can look down at the valley and all it’s beautiful fall colors.
- If you are headed to the coast for the day, I highly recommend a stop at Thor’s Well.