On Trails - 5 of My Favorite Oregon Hikes

Song of the Day: Supercut by Lorde

Drink of the Day: Newton’s Folly Semi-Dry Cider

The first time I stepped foot on a hiking trail, as an adult, was on the Oregon Coast nearly ten years ago. The hike was long, and if I remember correctly, it wasn’t entirely enjoyable. I hadn’t learned how to love the process. But I kept putting one foot in front of the other until I reached the top, where a field of wildflowers and view of the ocean waited quietly. That is where I found the love. That is what I kept going back for.

Since then, I’ve made a habit of going outside and taking trails as much as I can. I’ve made a habit of continuing to put one foot in front of the other. I’ve learned how to, at least try, to appreciate the process. Time and time again, I go, even when I don’t feel like it at first. This love of mine has taken me a lot further than the end of any trail. It has brought me back to my home in Utah, and allowed me to see that once harsh landscape in fresh light. It has brought me back to Oregon, and throughout the state, several times. And now, it is taking me across the country to the other Portland. Portland, Maine.

My draw towards particular landscapes has impacted so many of my life choices. It is interesting to look back on all of the trails in my life. The ones I chose to take. The ones I missed. The ones I chose to avoid. Even the ones I revisit again and again. The ones that are similar, yet not at all the same, are particularly interesting.

In honor of having one more year in Oregon, here are some of the best places to hike in the state — in my opinion.

5 Oregon Trails I Love

Neahkahnie Mountain

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Painted Hills

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Mosier Plateau

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Blue Lake Rim Trail

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Devil’s Garden

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