What are some easy, dog-friendly trail hikes?
Mt. Pisgah in Eugene is a great place to take dogs and go hiking. For an easier hike, look for the arboretum trails. If the weather is right there are some creeks in the parking area that a dog could play in.
Tryon Creek Trail near Portland is dog-friendly and just friendly, in general.
Wahclella Falls near the Columbia River Gorge is an easy waterfall hike that is dog-friendly.
The coast is very dog-friendly with lots of hikes and even yurts that pets can stay in with you.
Cape Lookout South Trail near Tillamook is a great example of the Oregon Coast’s wide array of dog-friendly hiking trails.
Cape Perpetua’s Giant Spruce Trail: This trail is one of my favorites on the coast.
Eagle Cap Wilderness: Hurricane Creek near Joseph is a dog-friendly hike in the northeast of Oregon.
This book is a really good reference for hikes with dogs: http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/Best-Hikes-with-Dogs-Oregon-2nd-Edition-P705.aspx
I hope this helps! Happy travels!
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Patty Soza says…
Minto Brown Park, Salem: Walk along the river, the pond and the slough on paved paths or try the dirt paths at the entrance to the park. Dogs should be leashed on paths, but there is also a huge off leash area for dogs. There’s a playground for kids and sometimes there are kayak lessons on the slough.
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Cari Soong is the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield, Oregon. When she isn't sending visitors out on adventures throughout the region, she is pursuing her passion for outdoor recreation. From bicycling and hiking to snowboarding, she is always in search of the next epic excursion. She has called Oregon home since 2004 and thrives on finding new favorites around the state. She's always eager to share her expert advice and help others plan their trips.