Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Oregon has the best trails to elope on. It just DOES. It is filled to the brim with amazing hiking trails, which is INCREDIBLE but also can make it hard to decide where to go!! Lucky for youuuuuu, I’ve narrowed down 10 of my favorite trails in Oregon for a hiking elopement. Whether you want to hike 10 miles to the top of a mountain or you’d rather just pull off the side of the road + hike a quick 1/4 mile, I’ve got different options for you in all over the state! We will find you the best trails in Oregon to elope on!! Happy hiking!!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

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Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
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Trails on Mt Hood

1. McNeil Point

Location: Mt Hood

Trail Length: 10 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 2,726 ft

Difficulty: Hard

Average Completion Time: 5 hours

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Northwest Forest Pass

Other important things to note:

  • No facilities available
lake trillium engagement photos
photo sourced from alltrails

2. Mirror Lake Loop Trail

Location: Mt Hood

Trail Length: 4.2 miles

Trail Type: Loop

Elevation Gain: 672 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: Just under 2 hours

Terrain: Flat rocks, stone bridge, paved

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Northwest Forest Pass

This is definitely the best trail in Oregon to elope on if you are looking for a short, easy trail with amazing views! You can also rent canoes or paddleboards here at the elope for a little elopement-day float!

lake trillium engagement photos
lake trillium engagement photos

Other important things to note:

  • The best times to visit this trail are May through October
  • Vehicle access is limited during the winter season
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

3. Angel’s Rest

Location: North Cascades (Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest)

Trail Length: 4.5 miles

Trail Type: Out and back

Elevation Gain: 1,476 ft

Difficulty: Hard

Average Completion Time: 2.5 hours

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Northwest Forest Pass

Angels rest elopement
Angels rest elopement

Other important things to note:

  • Since this trailhead is very popular throughout the year, parking can be difficult past 10:00 A.M.,
  • There is additional parking on the road located a few hundred feet west of the trailhead.
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Best trails in Oregon to elope on: Hot Springs edition

4. Umqua Hot Springs

Location: Clearwater, Oregon

Trail Length: 1/4 mile

Trail Type: Out and Back

Elevation Gain: 305 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: 15 minutes

Dog-Friendly? Yes

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: National Forest Pass

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Other important things to note:

  • Bathrooms available at the trailhead
  • The hot springs are clothing optional

Allie + Nich hiked Umqua Hot springs or some portraits together, and we were gifted of a mostly empty hot spring experience!! The springs can be kind of crowded depending on the year so its great to luck out and be one of the only people there! Out of all of the trails, this is my favorite and obviously the best trail in Oregon to elope on, IN MY OPINION!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

5. Cougar Hot Springs

Location: Willamette National Forest

Trail Length: 0.8 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Difficulty: easy

Average Completion Time: 15 minutes

Dog-Friendly? No

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Day Pass available at parking lot

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Other important things to note:

  • Terwilliger Hot Springs will not be accessible from Highway 126 in April and May 2022

I explored the Cougar Hot Springs with Birdie and maxwell and we got the most stunningggg hot springs photos out of our time there. We got the springs totally to ourselves because we hit them at sunrise! Definitely one of the perks of getting up early!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Trails to Waterfalls

6. Bridal Veil Falls

Location: The Columbia river gorge

Trail Length: 1 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 73 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: 15 minutes

Dog-Friendly? yes

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Northwest Forest Pass

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Other important things to note:

  • Roads leading to this trailhead often close for the winter season

Reecca and Ryan elopement here in the winter so we had allll of the moody pnw vibes!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Waterfall Trails

7. Silver Falls

Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Trail Length: 0.3 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: 10 min

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: NW forest pass

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Other important things to note:

  • There is a 7.2 mile trail of other waterfalls further down the trail!

Monica and Wil chose Silver Falls for their Oregon waterfall adventure and boyyy did they make the right choice. The waterfall was ROARING as we explored it from below and even behind!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

8. Tokeetee Falls

Location: Idleyld Park, Oregon

Trail Length: 0.9 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 167 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: 25 min

Terrain: partially paved

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: NW forest pass

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

Other important things to note:

  • There is an upper overlook to view the falls from as well

One of my FAVORITE shoots ever took place at Tokeetee Falls with Ian and Farwel, where they explored the rocky shore and adventured by the water’s edge! This is definitely one of the best trails in Oregon to elope on!

Best trails in Oregon to Elope on
Best trails in Oregon to Elope on

9. Abiqua Falls

Location: Scotts Mills, Oregon

Trail Length: 0.7 mi

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 249 ft

Difficulty: easy

Average Completion Time: 24 minutes

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: Northwest Forest Pass

Other important things to note:

  • No facilities available

Monica and Wil adventured here on an august day and it wasn’t even that busy! Pro tip: get up at sunrise for you to be able to experience the falls by yourself!

10. Wahclella falls

Location: Columbia river gorge

Trail Length: 1.9 miles

Trail Type: Out & back

Elevation Gain: 223 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Average Completion Time: 48 min

Dog-Friendly? Yes, on leash

Wheelchair-Friendly? No

Permits/Passes Needed: NW forest pass

Jordy and T adventured here on a rainy moody day, and we got to experience the falls very swollen and rushing! The water here is such a beautiful color of blue and its so gorgeous juxtaposed against the moss of the walls of the the river! This is definitely one of the best trails in Oregon to elope on!

Other important things to note:

  • Bathrooms available at trailhead

More Epic Pacific Northwest Elopement Resources

If you’re lookin’ for more good info like this, check out a few of my fav blog posts below for all sorts of PNW elopement planning tips + real-life inspo!! I hope you found the best trail in Oregon to elope on!!

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