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Pacfiic Northwest Hikes

Pacific Northwest (PNW) hikes are some of the best in the USA. You have National Parks, forests, and the peaks of the Olympics.

Name Distance Level Location Climb Dogs
Timberline Trail Guide (Mt Hood)41.5HardGovernment Camp10800Y
Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier Hike Guide36HardForks5400N
Dog Mountain Hike6.2HardStevenson2850Y
Triple Falls Hike3.3EasyHood River County910Y
Punchbowl Falls Hike3.4EasyCascade Locks970Y

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Timberline Trail Guide (Mt Hood)

Timberline Trail Guide (Mt Hood)

The 41.5 mile Timberline Trail, which circles Oregon’s highest point, Mt Hood, dropping in and out of glacier-carved canyons, is a classic that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There’s a lot to love about the Timberline Trail: a well-worn path above and below the timberline (the altitude where trees stop growing), epic views of Mt Hood and the other peaks of the Cascades, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanic rock, alpine meadows, wildflowers, and rich history (it’s also a National Historic Trail). Numerous tent sites along the trail and an easy permit system make tackling the Timberline in 2-4 days straightforward. In this guide I’ll explain everything you need to know to plan your trip, and then do the hike.

Government Camp, OR - 41.5 miles, Hard

Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier Hike Guide

Hoh River Trail to Blue Glacier Hike Guide

The Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park is a bucket-list worthy hike. You’ll start the adventure by hiking along the Hoh River, which is fed directly from glaciers, making it a cold, milky-gray color. The trail winds through what most consider is the best-preserved rain forest in the northern hemisphere, also located in one of the most remote areas of the United States, the middle of the Olympic Peninsula. The temperate rainforest is covered in ferns, mosses, and massive trees, some of which are over 1000 years old. And then the Hoh River Trail turns upward, over a spectacular whitewater gorge, climbing through alpine scenery until it reaches the spectacular Blue Glacier at the foot of Mt Olympus. Most people take two to four days to backpack the Hoh River Trail, and in this guide, I’ll give you all the information you need to plan and enjoy this epic hike.

Forks, WA - 36 miles, Hard

Dog Mountain Hike

Dog Mountain Hike

The Dog Mountain hike is short, steep, and offers great payoffs at every bend. Dog Mountain rises prominently above the Columbia River Gorge, giving hikers panoramic views of the Gorge, the Columbia River, and on a clear day the Cascades high peaks like Mt. Hood. In the late spring, the higher parts of Dog Mountain are covered in wildflowers, making for some great photo opportunities. If you’re looking for a Columbia River Gorge hike that has the views, this is your move.

Stevenson, WA - 6.2 miles, Hard

Triple Falls Hike

Triple Falls Hike

The Triple Falls hike from Oneonta Gorge is scenic, great for beginners, and doesn’t have the big crowds that many other Columbia Gorge hikes have. The hike winds up above Oneonta Gorge, and you can look down on the raging creek as you hike on the trail above it. The Triple Falls hike can get crowded, but it’s no where near as crowded Multnomah Falls or Eagle Creek. And you get to see three waterfalls along the way!

Hood River County, OR - 3.3 miles, Easy

Punchbowl Falls Hike

Punchbowl Falls Hike

The Punchbowl Falls hike is one of the most beautiful hikes in Colombia River Gorge. This hike has waterfalls, cliffs, and scenery straight out of the Lord of the Rings. It’s easy to understand how Punchbowl Falls is a local’s favorite, and is good for all levels of hikers.

Cascade Locks, OR - 3.4 miles, Easy