North Oregon Coast
Distance: 4.8 miles
With all the focus on mountain vistas in the Cascades, it’s easy to forget about Oregon’s coastal range. It’s not as spectacular as the previously mentioned hikes, but the small, peaceful lake at the end is worth quiet reflection/inevitable profile pic.
Columbia River Gorge
Distance: 10 miles
One of the more grueling hikes in the Columbia River Gorge -- and sharing the name with one of the more grueling Tom Cruise movies -- this loop climbs about 1,000ft per mile, and we don’t recommend it if it’s been raining. Now that you’ve been warned, we can’t recommend this hike enough. It’s a spectacular workout with some of the most rewarding vistas and largely unvisited rock formations. From rock arches to a ridge called the Devil’s Backbone, this loop is the Gorge’s best-kept secret. Until now.