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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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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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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

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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 […]

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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

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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, […]

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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

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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 […]

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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

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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 […]

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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

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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 […]

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