Portland was just named one of the best hiking cities in the country. (Honestly, no surprise there!)
For the final weeks before the rain starts, we wanted to share a list of favorite hikes with you all. We've shared this list before, but here it is with a little more detail.
If you’re looking for inspiration for getting out for a couple of days of backcountry hiking, we have some trip ideas for you. Karrie Carnes, a volunteer ambassador for the women’s outdoor empowerment organization, Women Who Explore, recommends her favorite backtripping trips at each level.
One word of caution she offered: difficulty level is highly subjective, but it depends on access to water, elevation gain, and length of travel, among other factors.
Easy: Salmon River Trail
Where: Mount Hood National Forest
Why: “It’s awesome: Salmon River Trail is beautiful. It's up in Welches. And maybe it's first of mind because I've hiked it so many times.
Notes: Campsites are first come, first served.
Intermediate: Silver Star
Where: Gifford Pinchot National Forest (Southwest Washington)
Why: “Gifford Pinchot isn't as populated and inundated and so if you're like me and you want to be in nature and not see other people, which is the allure of backpacking, then then maybe you might find yourself seeking out Gifford Pinchot over Mount Hood.”
Notes: You may need to carry your own water. It’s more of a challenge to find and makes for a heavier pack.
Flowers line the Timberline Trail, with Mt. Hood in the background. (U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Northwest)
Hard: Timberline Trail
Where: Mt. Hood National Forest
Why: “This is very popular — super popular — so some people might be like, why is she saying the popular things? It's about 40 miles circumnavigating Mount Hood. There's beautiful wildflowers. You cross a lot of streams, so there's ample water.”
Notes: This hike is “no joke.”