Tours/Events

Join us on the stunning Cape Trail for your first hike of 2018. The trail goes out to the end of Cape Lookout and great whale watching sites. Be prepared for a possible wet and muddy trek as we pass through a mature Sitka spruce forest. On clear days, views each as far as 40 miles along the coastline.

Meet At: Cape Lookout Trailhead Parking Lot

Trail Name: Cape Trail

Trail Terrain:  Moderate

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Join us on an easy 2-mile ranger-led trek for hikers of all ages. 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. Two hikes offered, one at 10 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m.

Meet At: Visitor Center

Trail Name: Town Site Trail…

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Hike along crystal clear Spring Creek, the Williamson River and through Collier Logging Museum. The sweet smell of the Ponderosa pine forest and the bright lichens will captivate your senses. Bring your snowshoes if snow is on the ground!

Meet At: Collier Logging Museum

Trail Name: Multiple trails throughout the park

Trail Terrain:  Moderate. May be difficult for hikers using wheeled equipment.

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 6 years old…

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Start off the New Year by hiking the Pinnacles Trail. 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: Information station near ranch barn

Trail Name: Pinnacles Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 10 years old

Things to Note: Expect cold weather…

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Join us on the Wetland Trail for our First Day Hike. We'll discuss wetlands, dunes, invasive plants, and walk along the beach if the tide allows. If the tide is too high, we will connect with the "Hobbit" trail and learn about flood areas and riparian habitat. Bring your camera for great shots of shore and inland birds.

Meet At: The base of the stairs adjacent to the Crissey Field Parking…

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Join Interpretive Ranger Paul Reilly for a short hike around the Darlingtonia State Natural Area. We'll stop to view the Cobra Lily and learn about the interesting nature of this carnivorous plant.  This hike is more of a walk and everyone is invited to attend. Pack a lunch and enjoy our picnic area before the hike begins.

Meet At: Darlingtonia State Natural Site parking lot

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1…

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Join Ranger Sean Stewart on a winter ride through Elijah Bristow State Park and learn about wildlife and park management. 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: Heron Trail / Elk Trail / River Loop Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 4 miles

Minimum Age for Children: None

Things to Note: Anyone…

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Start the New Year with our park rangers on a snowshoe hike around the perimeter of the park. We have a limited number of snowshoes to lend to hikers. Please call the park office at 541-983-2277 to reserve snowshoes if needed.

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: 8 years old

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Start off the New Year with a ranger-led hike along the majestic Columbia River and enjoy stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge along the way! Learn about the plants and animals that call the Gorge ecosystem home, as well as how this wonder of the Northwest was formed.

Meet At: Mark O. Hatfield Visitor's Center West Trailhead

Trail Name: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

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Take a step into the New Year with a winding hike up Humbug Mountain State Park’s Fern Trail. This short section of the Oregon Coast Trail is alive with a dozen species of native ferns that are thriving along the slopes, cliff edges, waterways, and overarching tree limbs. Our hike will continue to the breathtaking Brush Creek Overlook, and then we'll  finish the trek on the Amphitheater Trail to our…

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Get your New Year off to a great start! Join Park Ranger Shaw for a nature hike. Hike a well-maintained 2-mile loop with a slight elevation gain. Round trip will take 1.5-2 hours. Along the hike we'll talk about park flora and fauna, and local history. Questions? Call 503-630-7150 ext. 222. Hope to see you there!

Meet At: Riverbend Day-Use Area, Lower Boat Ramp parking lot…

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Join us on the first day of the New Year for a short stroll through the woods to the beach and ending with an easy climb up to the Kramer Memorial overlooking Short Sand Beach. The memorial was placed in 1972 in honor of Matt Kramer, a reporter for the Associated Press who used his talent with words to help win the day for Oregonians.

Meet At: Oswald West shop

Trail Name: Short Sand Beach…

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Join Silver Falls park rangers for our First Day Hike! Enjoy winter views of our iconic waterfalls and learn about the seasonal park changes.

Meet At: South Falls Lodge Porch

Trail Name: Canyon Trail and Maple Ridge Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum age for Children: 10 years old

Things to Note: No dogs. Due to terrain, child strollers are not recommended. Icy conditions are possible - dress appropriately. Water, snacks, layers…

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Join Smith Rock park rangers for our First Day Hike. We will learn about winter wildlife and the unique features of the park. Our hike is always a popular start to the New Year and we're limiting registration to 35 participants. Register now!

Meet At: Smith Rock Welcome Center

Trail Name: River Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 4 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 7 years old

Things To Note: No dogs…

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Join South Beach State Park rangers for our First Day Hike! Come and see a beautiful and crooked coastal pine forest that leads into a dune and beach grass soft trail. Learn about the ever expanding coastline.

Meet At: South Beach Day Use

Trail Name: South Jetty Trail/Old South Jetty Trail.

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 2 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 5 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot…

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Kick off the New Year with a First Day Hike at State Capitol State Park. Stroll through the beautiful Capitol grounds and learn how the art, architecture and botany of the park tell the story of Oregon.

Meet At: Capitol Steps

Trail Name: Willson Park / Capitol Park

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Hike: 1 mile

Minimum Age for Children: 6 years old

Things to Note: No dogs allowed. Be prepared for winter weather.

Please register…

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Connect with the outdoors, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year on this guided hike  that follows the Oregon Coast Trail from the Sunset Bay gazebo to Shore Acres Garden on the south coast. See stunning ocean panoramas, the pristine coastal forest, and spectacular views of the rugged Oregon coastline and Cape Arago Lighthouse. We'll detour through the botanical garden before heading back to our starting point (hikers with pets must skip…

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Join Fort Stevens park rangers for a hike of the Fort to Sea Trail starting at Sunset Beach State Recreation Site on the north coast. The Fort to Sea trail was opened in the early 2000s to commemorate the adventures of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1805-06 a trail was blazed to connect their winter camp to the ocean shore where they could gather much-needed resources like salt and whale meat. Our…

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Start the New Year out with a guided hike through the forest and streamside of Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Various hike lengths from two to five miles available that highlight multiple trails and topography and abundant natural history. We'll make as many stops as there is wildlife!

Meet At: Nature Center

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

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: Varies, 2-5…

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Start the New Year with a scenic bike ride along the Rogue River on our paved Greenway Trail. Bring your own bicycle or borrow from us. We have a limited number of adult and kids bikes available. Bike loan arrangements should be made in advance by calling 541-582-3128.

Meet At: Program Area

Trail Name: Greenway Trail

Trail Terrain: Easy

Length of Ride: 4 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 7 years old

Things to…

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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 with guided interpretations of wildlife and the areas cultural and historical events.

Meet At: Valley of the Rogue Program Area

Trail Name: Rivers Edge 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 ok. Water, snacks, and…

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Join us as we hike along Eel Lake for our first hike of the New Year. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while viewing and learning about native plants and wildlife.

Meet At: The Gazebo in Day-Use Area

Trail Name: South Trail

Trail Terrain: Moderate

Length of Hike: 3 miles

Minimum Age for Children: 6 years old

Things to Note: Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash, no child strollers and children under 6 years old. Bring…

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