Whether you love hiking, skiing, or just enjoying the incredible views, the landscapes surrounding Portland and beyond are dotted with seriously stunning mountains. Here are some of my favorite mountains to explore in or near Portland, Oregon…
Situated in Benton County, Marys Peak has many accolades to its name. Famously known among the native Kalapuyas as a place having great spiritual power, it is also the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range, at over 4,000 feet.
How its name came about is another exciting story. Mary Lloyd was known to be the first white woman to have crossed the Mary River in 1845, consequently becoming the inspiration behind the appellation of this majestic peak.
The stunning views and glorious sights of and beyond the valley make it an ideal spot for biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, and picnics.
If you are looking to spend some more time with friends, then I would recommend Marys Peak Campground which offers affordable rates. Pack some food, sleeping bags, and tents, and get ready to stargaze all night while waking up to fresh air, colorful skylines, and stunning views, I think you’ll love it just as much as I do!
Great picnic spots
Excellent hiking trails
Electric bikes are not allowed
No water available
It is 11,249 feet above sea level and Oregon’s tallest mountain. It is one of the Cascade Range’s most active volcanoes. The largest city in Oregon, Portland, is around 50 miles distant. There are a total of 12 glaciers on the island. Even though the probability of an eruption in the next 30 years is between 3 and 7%, the USGS classifies the mountain as “potentially active,” and the hill is unofficially recognized as dormant.
The mountain’s northernmost access point is Lolo Pass. Mount Hood’s three most recent eruptions occurred over the previous 1,800 years, erupting from high-altitude vents on the southwest flank and dropping massive amounts of ash.
Breathtaking views of Mount Hood
Close to proximity to the famous Timberline Lodge
Fascinating hiking opportunities
It can be a little crowded
No public transport to the summit
Formerly known as Bachelor Butte, Mount Bachelor is a stratovolcano inside the Deschutes National Forest. The largest volcano in the Mount Bachelor volcanic chain stretches for almost 25 kilometers.
The mountain poses moderate to no threat of eruption, but it is still unknown if the volcano is extinct. Mount Bachelor has also become one of the most famous ski resorts in North America, hosting the Mount Bachelor Observatory.
Phenomenal 360 degree skiing
Wonderful dining experience
Incredible variety of trails
It can be crowded at times
Parking is expensive
Mount Rainier, which rises to 14,410 feet above sea level, is a landmark in the state of the USA, Washington terrain. It is an active volcano and the most glaciated summit in the abutting United States, generating five main rivers.
Subalpine wildflower meadows surround Mount Rainier’s lower slopes, while the ice volcano is encircled by ancient forest. The park’s ecosystems are teeming with wildlife. A breathtaking beauty spot awaits a lifetime of exploration: rugged mountain peaks and magnificent wildflowers blooming in rolling green valleys make up Mount Rainier National Park.
Mount Rainier is a famous element of Washington’s scenery, about 60 miles outside Seattle. Mount Rainier climbing is a popular yet challenging adventure.
Lots of amazing wildlife
Terrific campgrounds are available
Pets are not allowed on trails
Mount St. Helens
It is a fierce and volcanic summit in the Mountainous Cascade Range in the USA’s southwestern corner. In 1980, it exploded in the most potent ignition in North America.
It has exploded more often than any other volcano in that Range in the last four thousand years. Most of this mountain is under three thousand years old (more youthful than the cenotaph of Egypt).
Lava poured over the crater floor during the 1980 to 1986 and 2004 to 2008 eruptions, forming domes massive compared to the Building of the Empire State and restoring significant volume lost in 1980. It is still a world-renowned natural laboratory for studying natural disasters and Earth’s processes.
Proximity to Johnson Ridge Observatory
Variety of fabulous hike trails
A wonderful gift shop on-site
Cell service is limited
Cloudy weather can obstruct views
Mount Adams is a perhaps active stratovolcano between the Cascade Range. Even though Adams has not erupted in over 1,000 years, it isn’t considered extinct.
Mount Adams was mistaken for Mount St. Helens, which Pacific Ocean explorers and other early explorers had already discovered. On the hill, there are a dozen glaciers. According to 2012 research by Portland State University, all 12 glaciers have receded by about 50% since 1904 and are decreasing faster than Mount Hood and Mount Adams.
Wonderful wildlife experience
Magnificent hiking trails
Stunning and diverse landscapes
Limited restroom facilities
Permit requirements for access
Mount Jefferson is Oregon’s second-highest peak, standing 10,495 feet above sea level. Mount Jefferson is a 300,000-year-old stratovolcano that has erupted regularly. Most of the towers were constructed in the last hundred thousand years. During the last ice age, the central cone’s most recent contributions occurred between 30 and 20 ka, and several of these flows exhibit volcano-ice interaction.
According to relics of andesite-dacite lavas found near the volcano’s edges, the area of Mount Jefferson has been the site of many andesites to dacite-to-dacite explosions for at least the past seven hundred thousand years andesite-dacite lavas found near the volcano’s edges.
Exceptional camping opportunities
Fantastic wildlife experience
Breathtaking views of the surroundings
Outstanding hiking trails
Permit requirements for some activities
No restrooms within the wilderness area
Mt. Thielsen is a fantastic location for numerous recreational activities at 9,148 feet. Mount Thielsen is the only sport where we can see the waters of the Crater pool outside of the National Park’s Crater Pool. Some of the summer’s fun activities include backpacking, hiking, and exploring ornamental lakes, whereas winter’s fun activities include snowshoeing and backcountry skiing.
The scaling is not effortless and requires a lot of hand ascension, but you learn a lot, and it is worth it. A challenging hike is needed at the peak of this mountain, but it is well worth it for the fantastic scenario at the end. Its south entrance location is only 1.6 kilometers to the east of Crater Pool’s north entrance.
Scenic views of the surroundings
Remarkable skiing opportunities
Brilliant hike trails
Splendid campgrounds available
Dogs are not allowed on trails
Wilderness area requires permits
Mount Tabor Park
Mount Tabor was a rural farming settlement dating back to the 19th century until it became a part of Portland in 1905. It holds historical and sentimental values for Christianity and is considered a pilgrimage site.
In 1974, it was designated as a recognized city neighborhood (covering much less than its historical borders).
Fun children’s playground area
Wedding and picnic sites reservations available
Incredible walking trails
Stunning views of the city
Closed to motor vehicles on Wednesdays
It can get slightly crowded
After Mount Saint Helens, Mount Baker has the most thermic active crater in the Cascade Range of Mountains. Whatcom County is located around 50 kilometers in the eastern region of Bellingham. Mount Baker is the youngest volcano in its Range. Mount Baker, a majestic ice-capped volcano summit in the North Cascades, is the North Cascades’ star.
While its southern neighbor, Glacier Peak, conceals below the Cascade Range’s crest, Mount Baker stands tall and proud across Puget Sound and Canada. Several tiny blasts and steam episodes occurred in the 1800s, indicating that the volcano of this Mount has remained active in the past years.
Sublime skiing experience
Excellent wilderness area
Outstanding opportunities for hiking
Permits required for some activities
Dogs only allowed on a leash
Was this helpful?
Good job! Please give your positive feedback ⚡
How could we improve this post? Please Help us.✍
Michael Cowley – writer and photographer
Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Michael has always had an affinity for adventure. Growing up he was lucky enough to live in a handful of exotic far flung locations including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania and since then he’s continued seeking out new places and cultures. In his spare time he explores everywhere from the sizzling street markets in Bangkok to random back alleys in Sri Lanka and everything in between! He also has a special fondness for Cohibas, trying all kinds of street food, playing carrom with random strangers, and fine wine – he knows his clarets from his chiantis. He counts Cuba, Amsterdam, Indonesia, Goa, Cambodia and Italy as his favourite destinations. Find Michael on Instagram or Twitter.