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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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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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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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(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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Lunch with a view.
Jun 05, 2017

Monster Hike in the Oregon Coast Range:
The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop

If you are looking for a real conditioning hike, something that offers more effort and challenge than classic scenery, you can’t do much better (or worse) than the Elk Mountain to Kings Mountain Loop in the Oregon Coast Range. Many people are familiar with the Kings Mountain hike, because it is a pretty straightforward deal: […]

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The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop
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