Oregon is an outdoor lover’s playground. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best hiking trails in the Willamette Valley.
If you love the outdoors, Oregon has plenty for you. Even better, some low-THC bud can make many of these activities even more enjoyable. For this article, we’re suggesting 5 of our favorite hikes in the Willamette Valley and some cannabis strains to make your time in the great outdoors as pleasurable as possible.
One of the most sizeable urban forests in the United States, Forest Park is a pure crowd pleaser. Only 10 minutes from downtown Portland, the park is convenient and offers more than 70 miles of hiking and running trails. This destination is sure to keep you busy even on repeat visits.
Renowned as one of the most beautiful trails in the U.S., the McKenzie River Trail is a hiker or mountain biker’s dream. Stretching 26 miles along the McKenzie River and Cascade Mountains, the trail is a stone’s throw from Eugene. The trail is open year-round, but think twice before taking a dip in the river — it stays pretty chilly!
Opal Creek offers 36 miles of mostly in-and-out hikes. Running along Whetstone and Henline Mountains, many of the trails lead to beautiful overlooks of the Douglas firs that cover the area. The terrain can be steep in places, so it’s not the most ideal for camping, but if you’re in the Salem area, Opal is perfect for a day trip.
Located 45 minutes from downtown Portland, Eagle Creek is a popular weekend destination for area hikers. If you’re looking for total solitude, this may not be the best locale, but it’s convenient and offers a quick getaway from city life. Eagle Creek offers roughly 10 hiking trails that can provide a much-needed escape close to home.
Mount Pisgah offers literally dozens of hiking options for beginners and seasoned hikers alike. The trails are well-maintained and offer some of the most gorgeous views of the Willamette Valley’s natural beauty you can find. Keep an eye out for wildflowers and local wildlife, depending on the time of year you visit.
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