The Best Hikes near Salem

Charles Arcudi at Cool Creek
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, WashingtonRidgefield National Wildlife RefugeClark County, WashingtonFrom the tortoise to the hare (close enough). Hey, people. I'm headed down south to hike the CA coast for a week, and I don't really plan to spend...Cool Creek, Clackamas County, OregonCool CreekClackamas County, Oregon(Continued from earlier post at Cool Creek Trail) Somewhere along that meandering trek through the forest, I came to understand one thing: it was...Cool Creek, Clackamas County, OregonCool CreekClackamas County, OregonAbout three quarters of a mile before the summit, I climbed a twenty-foot ridge to get this view. Shortly thereafter, hip-deep in snow, we decided...Latourell Falls, Multnomah County, OregonLatourell FallsMultnomah County, Oregonlatourrel Falls is along the Columbia River Gorge, its an easy hike and you can walk down to the base. Its a fairly tall and beautiful waterfall,...Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, WashingtonRidgefield National Wildlife RefugeClark County, WashingtonThis goose was being shooed off by the one you see in the lower left-hand corner. I noticed that every time the other nipped at it, the goose would...Silver Falls State Park, Marion County, OregonSilver Falls State ParkMarion County, OregonWith about a 10 mile loop hiking trail there is no better park to visit for a nice day hike. The many waterfalls you will come across will keep you...Silver Falls State Park, Marion County, OregonSilver Falls State ParkMarion County, OregonSilver Falls State Park is a wonderland for hikers and waterfall lovers. Hike the Trail of Ten Falls or just pull up to a parking lot and take a...Willamette Falls, Clackamas County, OregonWillamette FallsClackamas County, OregonBeautiful waterfall and a great hike to the top!Cool Creek, Clackamas County, OregonCool CreekClackamas County, OregonFor each trail you take you make a decision, conscious or not, about whether you'll be able to finish it. But sometimes, that decision is made for...Oregon Zoo, Portland, OregonOregon ZooPortland, OregonI've been chasing Mountain Goats all over the Pacific Northwest for the last year or more, to places like Goat Rocks, Goat Lake and Goat Creek. I...Forest Park, Multnomah County, OregonForest ParkMultnomah County, OregonThe Witches Castle At Forrest Park. A cute little Stone castle found in Forrest Park. A nice little hike into the mossy forrest leads you to the...Crater Lake National Park, Junction City, OregonCrater Lake National ParkJunction City, OregonBeautiful views and great hiking trails.Abiqua Falls, Marion County, OregonAbiqua FallsMarion County, OregonThe trailhead was hard to find, and the short hike was steep to say the least, but man, that view.Devils Rest, Multnomah County, OregonDevils RestMultnomah County, OregonThis is not a geological formation. Would that it were. No, this is a piece of kiln-fired crockery, covered in a cobalt glaze that is laced with...Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark County, WashingtonRidgefield National Wildlife RefugeClark County, WashingtonA visit from an old friend...Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, OregonSauvie Island Wildlife AreaOregonBegan the year with a low-key hike through the wetlands of Sauvie Island. For such a tiny spit of land, there's a lot to see here (@Dailey...Silver Falls State Park, Marion County, OregonSilver Falls State ParkMarion County, OregonSouth Falls, Silver Creek Falls State Park in Silverton, Oregon. Not only is Silver Creek Falls State Park the largest state park in Oregon, it is...Crawford, OregonCrawfordOregonBuxton trailhead of the banks vernonia trail. There is an awesome railroad tressel re-done for hiking.BPA Right-of-Way, Vancouver, WashingtonBPA Right-of-WayVancouver, WashingtonThose of us who trek the wilderness in the Great Northwest have some very peculiar people to thank. A little more than a century ago, as the...Table Rock Wilderness, Molalla, OregonTable Rock WildernessMolalla, OregonTable Rock itself; so near and yet so far. I'll be back first chance I get to hike the last two miles to the summit. But that will probably be in...
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