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The best view of Saddle Mountain is actually from a side trail on the way up.
Jul 28, 2017

Saddle Mountain Hike is a Flower and Forest Show in the Oregon Coast Range

Every year in early summer, the Portland-area hiking cycle takes one to Saddle Mountain, just off US 26 on the way to the Oregon Coast. It is typically in late June — when the Gorge flower show is done and the higher trails haven’t melted out yet — that the open peaks of this Coast Range […]

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This plaque on the Benson Bridge probably shoud say how long it is!
Jul 27, 2017

Larch Mountain Trail in the Columbia River Gorge: Multnomah Falls, Ancient Forest, Mountaintop View

There are, of course, many epic hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. They lead to waterfalls, forests, flowers, and viewpoints. But perhaps none takes in all of these as the uber-epic Larch Mountain Trail, which starts at the Multnomah Falls Lodge. Seven miles in length, gaining some 4,000 feet in elevation, and just over 100 years […]

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Looking up the Columbia from near the power lines.
Jul 27, 2017

Lower Starvation Loop in the Columbia River Gorge: A Four-Waterfall Hike Starting at a Highway Rest Area

Heading east on Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge, you have no doubt noticed the rest area called Starvation Creek. You may also know that it’s the trailhead for Mount Defiance, the highest point in the Gorge. Did you know there’s also a pretty easy loop from there that includes four waterfalls and some […]

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Gokyo Lakes from Kogyo Ri (source: Wang Lama Humla on Wikimedia
Jul 24, 2017

March 2018: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes

Hike to the Roof of the World! From March 14 to April 1, 2018, I will be leading a trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The trip is with Portland-based Embark Exploration Co., and we will be taking a slightly less-traveled route known as the Gokyo Lakes. I could not be more excited about this […]

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Mosier Viewpoint and its stone seats.
Jul 12, 2017

Mosier Plateau: A New(ish) Trail in the Columbia River Gorge

It’s not often we get a new hiking trail in the Columbia River Gorge. But the Mosier Plateau Trail is just that, and a most welcome one as well. Since I moved to Oregon in 1996, I can think of only handful of trails that have come online in the area: Cape Horn is an obvious […]

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Nice new trail.
Jul 12, 2017

Hiking the New Trail at Tom McCall Point

Usually, I would hike Tom McCall Point in spring, when it’s one of the best wildflower hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. But I missed that this year. Still, there is a new piece of trail up there, and it’s always a nice hike, so I went to check it out at the end of […]

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Jun 26, 2017

Peaceful Place: Rocky Butte

Whenever I give folks my one-day tour of Portland, we always wind up at Rocky Butte. Whether we’ve been up to Timberline Lodge, wandering the Gorge, or walking the city’s neighborhoods, I always want to close the day with the view from the little park on top of the Butte. It’s the best overall view […]

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(photo by Jerry King)
Jun 20, 2017

Old Mileage Markers on Oregon’s Eagle Creek Trail

Back in May, I led a hike for the Trailkeepers of Oregon along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. That hike, which I wrote up for my blog, was all about trail maintenance and the issues facing trails — the stuff that Trailkeepers is all about. It was also about the history […]

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From the saddle next to Indian Point.
Jun 20, 2017

Big Hills and Big Rewards in the Columbia Gorge: Hiking the Nick Eaton Way to Indian Point

If you’re looking to see what kind of shape you’re in, or start hiking yourself into better shape, go tackle the Nick Eaton Way in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s part of an 8-mile loop that gains about 3,000 feet — much of it in two particularly steep miles towards the middle. Near the top is one of the more […]

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Triple Falls -- actually one creek split in three. See the people at the top?
Jun 09, 2017

Triple Falls: A Great Hike for a Hot Day in the Columbia River Gorge

If you’re looking for a good Columbia Gorge hike to tackle on a hot day, or just a good get-away walk after a workday, the Triple Falls hike is one of the best options out there. The drive to the trailhead at Horsetail Falls should take an hour, tops, from the middle of Portland — […]

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