Hiking couple navigate the rocky riverbank as they walk alongside the peaceful and clear Molalla River

Hiking Trails in Mt. Hood Territory

Molly Johnson | 06/04/2018 | KayaHikeBoarder, Recreation, Trails

The trails in Mt. Hood Territory are a true hiker's paradise with glaciers, meadows and alpine lakes all within reach here.

Follow Cheryl Strayed's footsteps on the historic and Hollywood-famed Pacific Crest Trail. Stumble across epic mountain silhouettes as you venture along the more than 1,200 miles of Mt. Hood National Forests trails. Or, find yourself standing in a sea of lush ferns and colorful wildflowers. Whether you seek tranquility, or the adventure of an escape from the concrete-laden city-life, Mt. Hood Territory has what you are looking for.

Valley:

Table Rock Wilderness Area:

With over 6,000 acres of pristine forest, towering basaltic cliffs and spectacular vistas of the Cascades, the trails throughout the Table Rock Wilderness Area truly merit the word, epic.

Molalla River Recreation Corridor:

Just a stone’s throw away from Table Rock Wilderness Area is the Molalla River Recreation Corridor which lures not only hikers but whitewater enthusiasts, equestrians and anglers.With trails along the beautiful waterway offering incredible views this stop offers something for everybody.

Magness Memorial Tree Farm:

An internationally recognized demonstration forest and outdoor education site sitting on 80 acres between Sherwood and Wilsonville.With well maintained and well marked hiking trails, streams, creeks, a recreation field, picnic area and overnight cabins. it's a wonderful place to spend a day and you can bring your fur babies on leashes too.

Urban:

Mt. Talbert Nature Park:

Revel in the views, quirky wildlife and 4-mile trail network of varying difficulty, winding through the towering trees that are home to a diverse range of wildlife at Mt. Talbert Nature Park. The hiking trails feel like you're in a secluded area of wilderness, even though you're only minutes away from shopping, lodging and dining options.

Camassia Natural Area:

The Camassia Natural Area in West Linn sits atop a bluff overlooking both the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers. This 26-acre area is home to more than 300 different plant species, including the namesake camas flower. The bloom generally starts each April and runs into early May.

Tryon Creek State Park:

Tryon Creek State Park is one of only a few state parks in a metropolitan area, and has great walking trails and natural surroundings despite its proximity to the city.


Mountain:

Wildwood Recreation Area:

Explore more than three miles of ADA-accessible paved trails and boardwalks at Wildwood Recreation Site and discover many more accessible spur trails. The Cascade Streamwatch Trail for instance, takes hikers to a viewing window to watch fish, crawdads and other underwater life.

Milo McIver State Park:

Bring your family with you to Milo McIver State Park for a day (or week) of fun. Embark on miles of trails and stop by the Clackamas hatchery in the late spring to see the salmon hatchery process in action.

Little Zigzag Falls:

Looking to cool off with the family? Follow the narrow, shaded trail to reach picturesque Little Zigzag Falls just off Hwy 26 for some amazing photo opportunities. 

Fish Creek Mountain Trail:

Enjoy the 8.1 mile fish creek mountain trail along the Clackamas River, featuring old-growth hemlocks and noble firs.

When you are out on the trails, remember to bring plenty of water, maps and supplies and tag your photos with our #omht so we can follow along. Experience multiple trails and turn it into a mini get-away by staying at a nearby lodging property.

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Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. She is currently generating content for mthoodterritory.com and for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest channels. 

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