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May 03, 2018

Memaloose Hills: A Semi-Secret Wildflower Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

There is this magical thing that happens in the Columbia River Gorge every spring. The hillsides green up, the skies clear, the temperatures rise, and wildflowers explode in beautiful abundance. For hikers, this means escaping the city and, in normal years, the rain. (This year, of course, it’s pretty much sunny everywhere.) And if you […]

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Still some big trees on the way up from 101.
Dec 16, 2017

Great Oregon Coast Hike: Cape Falcon and Neahkhanie Mountain

Here is a great hike on the Oregon Coast that should be good all year round — assuming you don’t mind a little mud. And if you can add a second car, the 9-mile hike to Cape Falcon and then over Neahkhanie Mountain includes many things that make hiking on the Oregon Coast terrific. All […]

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This view will break up the climb up from OR 35.
Aug 24, 2017

Lookout Mountain Hike: One of the Best Views Anywhere Near Mount Hood

I try not to throw around phrases like “perfect hike,” but Lookout Mountain, just east of Mount Hood, gets about as close as anything can to that standard. Why? Because it is a mix of effort, payoff, cool forest, sunny meadows, relative solitude, flowers, springs, and a big-time view that includes volcanoes, forests, a lake, the Columbia River, […]

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The tiny summit of Whetstone Mountain.
Aug 24, 2017

Whetstone Mountain: Easy Hike, Great Views, Hot Springs After

If you’re looking for a pretty easy hike with great views of the Oregon Cascades, Whetstone Mountain is a good place to start. It’s kind of a long drive, but I recommend it if you’re spending a night camping in the area, like along the Clackamas River. The hike is less than five miles roundtrip […]

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Aug 24, 2017

Old Vista Ridge Trail: Former Trail Brought Back for an Amazing “New” View of Mount Hood

For many years, one of my favorite Mount Hood hikes has been Vista Ridge — even after much of it burned up in the 2011 Dollar Lake Fire. It’s a great walk along a mountain ridge to a loop that includes several alpine meadows, front-row views of Hood, babbling brooks, smiling wildflowers … and now […]

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Looking up the Columbia from near the power lines.
Aug 03, 2017

August 2017 Breakfast Bulletin: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge

The August, 2017 issue of my monthly(ish) newsletter, the Breakfast Bulletin, is out. This month, we have: a wrap-up of the many hikes I’ve been on lately, while updating my book 6o Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland — almost all of them of them in the Columbia River Gorge. An update from the soccer project, about the crazy […]

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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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