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Mar 24, 2017

Latest “Breakfast Bulletin”: Hiking in the Gorge,
Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

Every few weeks I send out a newsletter that I call the Breakfast Bulletin, a nod to my former days as the Portland Breakfast Guy. The last issue was mostly about my English soccer project, and this one touches on that, as well. But mainly, this one is all about hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. It […]

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View of the Columbia from the Catherine Creek upper meadows.
Mar 23, 2017

Spring Wildflower Hike in the Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017

I went on my first hike of 2017 today, and it was a classic: Catherine Creek, definitely one of the best hikes for seeing wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge. It was also the first hike for the revision of my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, which will come out in Spring 2018. The […]

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Mar 23, 2017

Best Wildflower Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

Each year, a magical thing happens for Portland-area hikers: while we are still soaked with rain, the eastern Columbia River Gorge is bathed in sunshine, and awash in wildflowers. April and May are the prime flower seasons, but what are the best wildflower hikes in the Gorge? Well, here is one list, from your humble […]

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Mar 22, 2017

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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The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.
Dec 08, 2016

Why I’m Not Writing Any More About the Salmonberry River — For Now

Many years ago I was told, by a steelhead fisherman, about a paradise in the Oregon Coast Range that nobody knew about. He said it was a deep, forested canyon with a clear and beautiful river running through it — and the only access was by walking down railroad tracks. There were deep pools, lovely rapids, […]

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Aug 04, 2016

Great Mount Hood Hike: Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge

What makes a great hike? I would say ease of access, scenery, variety, options, and something cool nearby to do afterwards. That’s why I think the Paradise Park loop from Timberline Lodge is one of the best hikes on Mount Hood. Just the starting point is worth visiting: Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930s […]

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Tillicum Bridge from the OHSU Observation Deck.
Nov 16, 2015

Three Walks Along Portland’s New Orange Line MAX

Now that Portland has its new MAX line up and running, I thought I would check out some of the best places to go for a walk along the new Orange Line. The new Orange Line starts in downtown Portland (where it continues from a Yellow Line), then follows new tracks south of Portland State and down to […]

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Nov 12, 2015

A Guided Tour of Willamette Falls … and its Dramatic Future

All of us in Portland are aware of Willamette Falls, but how many of us have really seen it? And we all know that there is an old paper mill there that’s closed, but how many of us know about the massive riverwalk being imagined and designed for that site? You can now take a […]

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Looking over towards Council Crest from the viewpoint
Oct 29, 2015

Fall Colors in Portland: Hoyt Arboretum

I love going to see fall colors in Portland, and this week I took a group up to Hoyt Arboretum for a volunteer-led tour. It’s always a nice time to visit the Arboretum, whether in spring for blooms, summer for cool shade, winter to get some exercise on their 12 miles of trails, or fall for all […]

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What's in your pack?
Sep 28, 2015

My Two Essential Pieces of Hiking Gear — What Are Yours?

It’s not like I bring stuff on a hike just to get attention and comments, but there are a few things that, as I’m dropping them in my pack, I always think to myself, “I’ll be talking about that later!” And yes, I enjoy it. If the people I’m hiking with are fairly new, there […]

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