Easy Winter Walks & Hikes


The author of "Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon", Adam Sawyer shared the best Winter Walks and Hikes to take near Portland...that you'll actually take! Click here for more information about Adam.

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Portland Parks & Recreation's Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a 163-acre complex of meadows, woodlands, and wetlands in Portland on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Sellwood Bridge. The refuge is the largest remaining natural area within the lower Willamette River floodplain and provides important habitat for fish and wildlife, including threatened salmon and more than 175 bird species.

Smith Bybee Lakes

Take the Interlakes Trail to explore one of America’s largest urban wetlands. You might find beavers, river otters, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, and Western painted turtles. You’ll also find a water control structure that is restoring this network of sloughs, wetlands, and forests.

Tualatin Hills Nature Park (Beaverton)

In the heart of Beaverton, Cedar Mill Creek spills into the westward flowing Beaverton Creek. Surrounding this confluence is the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a remarkably diverse 222-acre wildlife preserve with wetlands, forests and streams that are habitat to insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The park features about five miles of trail; 1.5 miles of trails are paved, while the remaining 3.5 miles are well-maintained, soft-surface trails. The Oak Trail and sections of the Vine Maple Trail are paved and wheelchair accessible.

Noble Woods Park (Hillsboro)

This 38-acre nature park is a treasure of Hillsboro - providing unspoiled recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. Paved and soft-surface paths lead through open and wooded natural areas with viewpoints, boardwalks, and bridges over Rock Creek. Benches are provided throughout the park along the paths. There is also a reservable picnic shelter. The park can be accessed from the north off of W Baseline Road, and from the south off of SE Borwick Road. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available.