One of the best views anywhere of Mount Hood is now accessed via the newly official Old Vista Ridge Trail. It’s a moderate 4.5-mile loop on a trail re-opened by renegade volunteers starting in 2007.
If your car can handle getting to the trailhead, Ed’s Trail is an easy approach to Silver Star Mountain that offers tremendous views, great variety, and — this time of year — some amazing fall colors.
Looking for the best fall colors hikes near Portland, Oregon? Here are some favorites from Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.”
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]