Tours/Events

Join us for a hike through a forested salt marsh wilderness, comprised mostly of shore pines and out to a remote stretch of sandy beach. Hikers will get the chance to explore, run their dogs, and look for agates, petrified wood, and whatever else might have washed in on the high tides.

Meet At: Bullards Beach meeting hall

Trail Name: Pearl’s Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for…

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Join us on the stunning Cape Trail for your first hike of 2019. The trail goes out to the end of Cape Lookout and great whale watching sites. On clear days, views each as far as 40 miles along the coastline. Be prepared for a possible wet and muddy trek as we pass through a coastal rain forest.

Meet At: Cape Lookout Trailhead Parking Lot

Trail Name: Cape Trail

Trail Terrain:  Moderate. The trail…

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Join us on an easy 2-mile ranger-led trek. We’ll start at the visitor center, head for the trail along the Willamette River and go back in time by hiking through the old town site and out to the Territorial Government Monument. Watch for Bald Eagles, hawks, raptors, and other river wildlife. Two hikes offered, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m.

Meet At: Visitor Center

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Join us for our first guided hike of the new year. We’ll hike from the Logging Museum through a Pine forest along Spring Creek and the Williamson River. Keep a look out for Bald Eagles, ducks, and river otter.

Meet At: Collier Logging Museum

Trail Name: Multiple trails throughout the park

Trail Terrain:  Easy

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 8 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on…

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Join us for a hike on the Pinnacles Trail. Starting from our Experience Center building, the trail follows the John Day River canyon through stunning geologic formations in a natural desert landscape. Look closely for mule deer, red tailed hawk, and our resident herd of California bighorn sheep.

Meet at: Experience Center

Trail Name: Pinnacles Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 10

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on…

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Take a ranger-led hike on the historic Railbed Trail along the edge of the Deschutes River. The hike will continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park and magnificent views of the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway. The final leg of the trek wil be on the Blackberry Trail.

Meet at: Oregon Trail Kiosk

Trail Names: Railbed, Ferry Springs and Blackberry trails

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike…

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Come and play your first round of the year at the Dexter Disc Golf Course. Our course is challenging and includes a nice mixture of long, open holes and technical, wooded ones. Take in views of the local flora and fauna while playing your round. A "Putters-Only" 9-hole course will be set up for play in addition to the established 18-hole course. Warm beverages will be provided to all participants…

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Join Ranger Rye Guessford on a winter ride through Elijah Bristow State Park. The leaves are off the trees and the views are better! Meet up with new riders or old friends and enjoy your local state park! All are welcome, but foot hikers should be comfortable near horses. If you are hiking, the ranger can recommend routes based on current conditions.

Meet At: Equestrian Parking Area

Trail Name: Various trails as the rider…

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Start the New Year with our park rangers on a hike around the perimeter of the park, while seeing and learning about the history of the park.

Meet At: Day-use parking lot to right of entrance

Trail Name: Maintenance Road

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: 6 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. Bring water. Dress in appropriate layers, and bring snowshoes.

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This leisurely 4-mile hike will make its way along the park's extensive paved trails. Fort Stevens is famous for its transitional forests. You’ll experience shore pine, intertidal wetland, and mature Sitka spruce environments. We may spot Roosevelt elk, bald eagles, winter migratory birds, the occasional coyote, and more. The trek will take you past Swash Lake, an intertidal marsh famous for its winter waterfowl spotting.

Meet at: Parking Lot A…

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Take an easy stroll through the historic parade grounds of Fort Yamhill and learn how the lives of soldiers, Native Americans, and Euro-Americans intersected in the mid 1800s. Enjoy beautiful views of Spirit Mountain and the Coast Range. See military artifacts and an original officer's quarters.

Meet At: Fort Yamhill Parking Lot

Trail Name: Fort Yamhill Walking Trail

Trail Terrain:  Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: None…

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Join us for a First Day Hike on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Come enjoy a free Ranger-led hike from the Hatfield Visitor's Center to the Twin Tunnels Trailhead. Experience beautiful vistas of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the formation and significance of the gorge.

Meet At: Mark O. Hatfield Visitors Center West Trailhead

Trail Name: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

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Our hike will include views of original park structures and of beautiful Cleawox Lake.

Meet at: Cleawox Lodge

Trail Name: Cleawox Lodge to the Sand Dunes Day-use Area

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: no minimum

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Baby strollers are not recommended. Bring plenty of water and snacks if desired. Hiking boots highly recommended, as well as hats, gloves…

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Join us for the first hike of the near year on the Interpretive Trail. The paved single-track trail drops down in to old growth forest. Along the trail you’ll see waterfalls, Lost Creek Lake, and wildlife.

Meet at: The Group Camp

Trail Name: Interpretive Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 7 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on a 6-foot leash. Expect hilly…

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Join us for a hike on the Deschutes Loop Trail. Starting from the South Loop, the trail takes you through the woods and along the Deschutes River. Enjoy wildlife viewing and a nice winter scene from McGregor Viewpoint. Depending on the depth of the snow, this may become a snowshoe hike.

Meet at: South Loop

Trail Name: Deschutes Loop Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 10 years old…

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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Columbia River Gorge on a hike to upper Latourell Falls, which includes stream crossings on a handful of bridges. Please note: be prepared for uphill hiking the first part of the hike. The trail then levels before continuing down  and back to the parking lot.

Meet At: Latourell Falls parking lot

Trail Name: Upper Latourell Falls Hike

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for…

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Enjoy a beautiful hike along the OC & E Woods Line State Trail, for a 2 mile round-trip from the Switchbacks Trailhead and back.

Meet At: Switchbacks Trailhead

Trail Name: OC & E Woods Line State Trail

Trail Terrain:  Easy

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 8 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. Please bring water, and wear appropriate layers of clothing and sturdy hiking…

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Join us for a beautiful hike starting at the Elk Flats Trailhead. We’ll follow the trail that leads through the heart of Oswald West State Park. We will check out the Devil's Cauldron overlook, hike through an amazing coastal forest and end at Short Sand Beach. 

Meet At: Elk Flats Trail parking lot. Parking is very limited at the trailhead so please try to car pool. If you have multiple…

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See stunning views of the southern Oregon Coast, including remnants of the breakwater structures where the lifeboats were once sheltered and launched into the mighty Pacific. We will head to the former Tower location to see where the Coast Guardsmen watched for enemy aircraft, ships and submarines. Then we will take the Headland Trail to the viewpoint where the Cape Blanco Lighthouse shines in the distance.

Meet At: Port Orford Heads Lifeboat

Trail Name: Nellies…

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We mill meet on the South Falls Lodge porch and start with a 1-mile loop on the Rim Trail/Bike Trail to explore the temperate rain forest. The loop will pass the lodge on the way to South Falls. The second half of the hike will explore the park's geology and history and will pass behind South Falls. Because of the layout of this hike, visitors can choose to do just the…

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Join Smith Rock park rangers for our First Day Hike. We will learn about winter wildlife and the unique geological features of the park. Our hikes are always a popular start to the New Year so we're limiting registration to 70 (two groups of 35) participants. Register now!

Meet At: Smith Rock Welcome Center

Trail Name: Your choice of the Rimrock Trail or the Wolf Tree Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike…

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Join South Beach State Park rangers for our First Day Hike! Enjoy this beautiful hiking area, where the forest gives way to dunescape, and learn about the evolving coastline.

Meet At: South Beach Day Use

Trail Name: Cooper Ridge Natural Trail, returning on the South Jetty Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 8 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash, no child strollers. Be…

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Join us for the 2019 First Day Hike at Starvation Creek State Park. See the amazing waterfalls of the Central Columbia River Gorge and learn about their significance during this free Ranger-led hike.

Meet At: Starvation Creek Falls Trailhead

Trail Name: Starvation Creek Falls Trail

Trail Terrain:  Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: 12 years old, if unaccompanied by an adult

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot…

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Join us for our first guided hike of the new year. Follow a path of various trails through the park, which includes views of Boomscotter pond. Watch for sightings of deer, beaver, and other woodland creatures.

Meet at: Hilltop Day-Use Area

Trail Name: Boomscooter Trail, Swing Donkey Trail, Matchcutter’s Lane, and Barberchair Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 5 years old if walking

Things to…

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Join us for our first ranger-led hike of 2019 along the Interpretive River Trail. The path circles around the beautiful Rogue River and borders Denman Wildlife Refuge.

Meet At: TouVelle area F parking lot

Trail Name: Interpretive River Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum age for children: None

Things to note: Dogs are permitted on a 6-foot leash. If you are bringing a stroller make sure it has large…

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Start the New Year out with an invigorating hike through the forest and streamside of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Choose from a variety of hikes--family friendly walks of two miles or less to longer walks of five miles. These guided nature hikes will have a few nature stops while exploring the park.

Meet At: Nature Center

Trail Name: Various. Depends on the group you decided to join.

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of…

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Enjoy a beautiful hike on the Deschutes River Trail (DRT), upriver from from the day-use area. See amazing views of the Deschutes River, surrounding canyon, and the confluence of the Deschutes River and Tumalo Creek. We'll cross the DRT boardwalk and stop at the edge of Riley Ranch Nature Preserve before returning.

Meet At: Deschutes River Trail Trailhead (back of the day-use parking lot)

Trail Name: Deschutes River Trail

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Join us for a stroll on a beautiful, natural trail around Lake Marie.

Meet At: Lake Marie Swim Area

Trail Name: Lake Marie Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: No minimum age

Things to Note: Dogs allowed on 6-foot leash only. Water, snacks, sturdy shoes, rain gear, and warm clothes to layer encouraged.

Please register for the event so we can send you the latest information, including…

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Join our park rangers for our first hike of the New Year. Enjoy an easy hike along the scenic Rogue River, perfect for viewing the local widlife.

Meet At: Valley of the Rogue Program Area

Trail Name: River Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: No minimum age

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. Strollers with sturdy tires ok. Water, snacks, and sturdy boots or hiking…

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Join us for our first guided hike of the new year. Enjoy stunning views of Wallowa Lake while walking the glacial moraines. Keep your eyes open for mule deer and fox sightings. Hot chocolate, coffee, and s’mores will be provided by park rangers.

Meet at: Parking area across from the south entrance of Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site

Trail Name: East Moraine Trail

Trail Terrain: Difficult

Length of Hike: 5 miles

Minimum Age for…

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Join us to hike the “Whale Watcher’s Loop” from the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center to Boiler Bay and back. The loop is mostly along the sidewalks in the town of Depoe Bay, but there will be some off trail hiking once we reach Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint. The hike will take us along one of the best stretches of coastline to view the winter gray whale migration on the…

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