If you ever find yourself wandering through Oregon, look no more, we have the places for you!
We LOVE Oregon. It is a mystical and absolutely beautiful state, filled with luscious green landscapes, alpine lakes, coastal views, and waterfalls at every turn. Oregon is known for being called the “Pacific Wonderland”, containing a wide variety of dense forests and mountainous regions. In fact, Crater Lake, located in the mountains of South-Central Oregon, is actually one of the Natural Wonders of North America! Most of you have probably heard of spots like Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls, Mount Hood, Cannon beach, and many many more! Want to sightsee without all the crowds? We made YOU a list detailing our favorite hidden treasures in Oregon!
Want to escape the commotion of the tourist scenic sights? Checkout Tumalo Falls, a 97-foot waterfall right outside Bend, Oregon. This waterfall can be accessed year round. It’s great for all skill levels due to the variety of options it has to access the falls. You can hike a moderate level, 6.5 mile trail, out and back to view the waterfall OR you can simply park in the lot and take a quick stroll to a couple lookout points with great views!
McCredie Hot Springs
Fairly close to Salt Creeks Falls, you will fine McCredie Hot Springs. With the largest pool being 30 feet across, and the smallest being 3 feet, there are many options for everyone! These pools are HOT and can be between 98 – 114 degrees. Typically, there are between 2-4 shallow pools formed by rocks. However, variations of the pools are seen each year due to the flow of the river. The river nearby provides a perfect way to take a break and cool off! The best part is that these hot springs are FREE to visit and easily accessible with a short walk from the parking lot.
Only 2 hours away from the well known, Crater Lake, sits a small but crystal clear lake called Crescent Lake. This lake is on the Eastern side of the Cascades and sits beneath Diamond Peak, Cowhorn Mountain, and Odell Butte, giving a spectacular view from the lake. With 4 campgrounds, and the Crescent Lake Lodge & Resort, there are a variety of options to stay the night. Don’t forget to wander outside and watch the meteor showers, and bright stars seen in July & August!
PRO TIP: Go in the summer, and try out activities such as: hiking, mountain biking, or fishing. Or rent kayaks, paddle boards, aqua cycles, sea-doo’s and more from the Crescent Lake Lodge & Resort.
Salt Creek Falls
Right after Multnomah Falls is Oregon’s second highest, single drop waterfall, Salt Creek Falls. This waterfall cascades down 286 feet and is located in the Willamette National Forest, near Oakridge, Oregon. The falls can be accessed by a short walk from the parking lot and it offers a short nature walk around the falls with multiple lookout points. Salt Creek Falls is closed in the winter and best seen on a clear spring day.
PRO TIP: Don’t forget to take the trail down to the base of the waterfall to really see how tall this waterfall is!
Just south of Bend, Oregon in Newberry National Volcanic Monument is Paulina Falls. The first viewpoint can be reached after only 0.5 miles. But don’t stop there! Wander around the area to find an island located above the edge of the cliff! One of our favorite views is from the base of the waterfall which is another quarter mile hike from the first point. Here, you will feel the mist on your face, and be stunned by an incredibly close view of this waterfall. Paulina Falls is closed in the winter, but make sure to check it out during summer to let that mist cool you off!
Additional Spots on YOUR road trip:
- Mount Bachelor
- Smith Rock
- Lost Lake
- Elk Lake
- Proxy Falls
- Diamond Creek Falls
- Waldo Lake
- Watson Falls
- Umpqua Hot Springs
- Toketee Falls
- Crater Lake
So whether you are an Oregon native or just someone ready for some adventure, you will not be disappointed with these epic hidden treasures nestled in Oregon. Want to know the best thing? These places can all be seen in a one day road trip! Don’t forget to drive the Cascade Lake Scenic Byway to have incredible views of Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack Summit, and Mount Bachelor! So get outside, and bring us along on your adventure by hashtagging your trip with #benomadik!