Hiking in and Around Portland Without a Car

How can you go hiking in and around Portland without a car? This is the question I have sought out to answer, here and in the new upcoming (2022) edition of my hiking guide, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.

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Most people would assume that the only way to hike without a car is actually to hike in Portland — like in Forest Park, which you can take a bus to. That is definitely an option, and one I will cover here.

But it turns out that it’s possible to hike without a car in the Columbia River Gorge, at Mount Hood and on the Oregon Coast. In fact, it’s possible to do, without a car, everything from a short walk on paved paths — suitable for strollers, bicycles and wheelchairs — to long backpacking trips in the Cascades!

So here you will find the answers(s) to the question: How can you go hiking in and around Portland without a car?

Bookmark this post for updates as I continue to explore the options of Portland hikes without a car.

Hike Without a Car in the City of Portland

Hike Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in SE Portland.

More to come …

Hike Without a Car in the Columbia River Gorge

On the Oregon side, ride the Columbia Gorge Express to many options starting from Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, Hood River and even The Dalles. You can even get to Mount Hood from there without a car.

Stay tuned for the Washington side.

Hike Without a Car at Mount Hood

You can use the Mount Hood Express to go to Timberline Lodge and other spots along the way — like Government Camp; the Mirror Lake Trail; Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain; Wildwood Recreation Area, and Trillium Lake.

Hike Without a Car on the Oregon Coast

Take a bus to Seaside, then another to Cannon Beach, where you can do some lovely hiking in Ecola State Park — or walk all the way back to Seaside!

You can also, thanks to a new section of the Oregon Coast Trail built by Trailkeepers of Oregon, hike from Manzanita (reachable by bus) to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain.

Stay tuned for more here, as well …


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