Marys Peak, the highest point on the Oregon Coast Range, comes to life in vibrant color: from crimson paintbrush to brilliant blue larkspur or stunning yellow wallflowers.

April showers have definitely brought with them gorgeous May flowers. Fields are literally blooming with spring’s most picturesque wild child: the wild flower. Take advantage of sunny weather by exploring one of the many wildflower hikes throughout the state. Whether you find yourself on a mountainside with snow-capped peaks above, or on the coast with panoramic views the ocean and valley, your inner Julie Andrews will surely come out. You may even be inspired to break into song, Sound-of-Music-style.

Central Oregon has abundant mountain hiking trails but few are as pretty and dotted with colorful wildflowers as Cone Peak. Along the trail you’ll see gorgeous views of Old Cascades and venture through dense forest that open up onto fields bursting with flora and fauna. The moderate hike is 3.5 miles with a gentle climb. If you are feeling energized, you can add another mile to the trip and hike to the top of Iron Mountain where there are views of mountaintops above and wildflowers below.

In the Greater Portland area, you don’t have to venture outside of the city to find yourself immersed in wildflower fields. Tryon Creek State Park is a 645-acre park that offers paved pathways that wind between open fields and gorgeous old growth trees. Whether it’s a horseback adventure you seek (there are four miles of designated horse trails in the park) a bike ride or a hike, Tryon Creek State Park is the place for an urban adventure excursion.

The views from Mary’s Peak in the Willamette Valley span from the ocean to the mountains. At an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, this is the highest point on the coast range and on a clear day, hikers can see from the Pacific Ocean to the west clear to the Cascade peaks to the east. Don’t believe us? Catch a sneak peak of its splendor featured on Travel Oregon’s Grant’s Getaways.

Hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on Mt. Ashland in Southern Oregon. This stroll takes you through over six miles (roundtrip) of sub-alpine meadows, dotted with buds in yellows, greens, blues and reds. Put your mark on the iconic PCT trail without having to make its full 2,650-mile trek from Mexico through Washington.

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  1. nicole says…

    Also beautiful wildflowers at Iron Mountain and Cone Peak in the Willamette National Forest. I took 83 photos and hiked almost 5 miles through there last week, traveling many miles from Eugene, Oregon.

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