Best Hikes Two Hours from Mid-Willamette Valley

Living in the Mid-Willamette Valley has left me a lot of options for hiking. Not too far from the Cascades, coast, and the Columbia Gorge. I have favorites based on general beauty, which tend to be busier, and ones that are still beautiful but more private.

Here are my top hikes within a two hour drive, in no relative order.

 

Henline Mountain

4.8 miles – 2,240′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs permitted

Private, beautiful views of Cascades and Mt. Jefferson. No parking lot, must park on side of gravel road.

 

Abiqua Falls

5.3 miles – 1,309′ elevation loss – out & back – no dogs

Crowded. Try going during the week, or during the rain or winter for a more private experience. Good shoes necessary. Parking along gravel road. Rough access road, can park closer if you have a 4×4 with high clearance.

 

Cascade Head

6 miles – 1,200′ elevation gain – out & back – no dogs

Best time for wild flowers is June. Best view is part way up at viewpoint. On a clear day (which is almost never) you’ll have a beautiful view from the top. Has paved parking lot.

Stahlman Point

4.1 miles – 1,318′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs permitted

Views of Mt.Jefferson and Detroit Lake. Has very small parking lot.

 

Angel’s Rest

4.6 miles – 1,500′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs permitted

Crowded, try going weekdays or in early spring. Beautiful views of Columbia River Gorge. Has paved parking lot.

 

God’s Thumb (not trespassing)

4.3 miles – 1072′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs permitted

Can be dangerous in rainy months, use with caution. Muddy nearly year round. Park at Road’s End paved lot.

 

Natural Rock Arch

0.6 miles – 344′ elevation loss – out & back – dogs permitted

Best time for wildflowers is May. Very quiet & private. No parking lot, must park on side of gravel road/turnout.

 

Drift Creek Falls North

7.6 miles – 1,520′ elevation loss – out & back – dogs permitted

Suspension bridge. Has parking lot.

 

Cape Perpetua

3 miles – 700′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs okay

Beautiful view of the ocean and has a visitor center, and coral garden. Best time for wildflowers is in May. Has paved parking lot.

 

Dome Rock Peak

8.9 miles – 3, 077′ elevation gain – out & back – dogs permitted

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