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May 26, 2017

Dog Mountain: A Classic, but Crowded, Columbia Gorge Hike

Dog Mountain at peak bloom: Just those words conjure the image of a lush meadow far above the Columbia River, with mountains filling the view, flowers all around you — and rivers of people sharing it with you. I have an idea about that last part, but we’ll get to that. First, let’s discuss what […]

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This boulder has been there long enough to host a garden and tree.
May 18, 2017

Classic Columbia Gorge Hikes:
Eagle Creek to High Bridge

If you want to know what hiking in the Pacific Northwest is all about, it comes down to three things: mountains, oceans, and forests filled with waterfalls. For that third category, I can’t imagine there’s a better hike than Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. I live in Portland, and I get to Eagle […]

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Eagle Creek to High Bridge
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May 05, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hikes: Hamilton Mountain, 5-4-2017

As I keep working on updating my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, this week I got out to one of the best hikes in the Columbia River Gorge: Hamilton Mountain. It’s a hike that pretty much has it all: easy access, gradual ascent, scenery along the way, two nice waterfalls, a view on […]

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Apr 20, 2017

Columbia Gorge Wildflower Hike:
Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

Here is another post in my series on wildflower hikes in the Columba River Gorge. I am in the process of revising my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, for a Spring 2018 publication. And since the last edition was put together, the Forest Service has gone and put up actual signs, on […]

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Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017
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Apr 12, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

I took another hike in the Columbia River Gorge the other day, and the spring wildflowers just keep getting better! This time, I went to the Labyrinth and Coyote Wall area, just to the west of Catherine Creek. For perspective, this is around 5 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, on the Washington side […]

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Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017
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Apr 09, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This […]

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Gorge Hikes: 1872 Wagon Road
Apr 08, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Hikes:
1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall

There’s a great book called Curious Gorge (buy it at Powells.com) that recently taught me about two hikes that sounded short and cool: one (#31) to an 1872 wagon road and another (#32) to a hidden waterfall off a section of the old Columbia River Highway. The trailhead was pretty much right on the shoulder […]

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1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall
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Wachlella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is a great hike for kids and families
Mar 30, 2017

Family-Friendly Columbia Gorge Hikes: Wachlella Falls

If you’re looking for a kid- and family-friendly hike in the Columbia River Gorge, look no farther than Wachlella Falls. It isn’t just that the falls itself is beautiful; the trail is also easy to reach, easy to hike, and potentially not too crowded — if you can get an early start. I snuck out […]

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Grass widows and the cliff just west of Catherine Creek.
Mar 29, 2017

Another Hike in the Columbia Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017

It is definitely getting to be wildflower time in the Columbia River Gorge! I went for another hike on March 28, doing a different loop at (and above) Catherine Creek, so here’s a quick post and report. It was one of those magical days where it’s raining in Portland, completely socked in all the way […]

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Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017
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Mar 25, 2017

Best Spring Waterfall Hikes Near Portland

Everybody is rightly excited about Spring and what it means for hiking near Portland: sunshine, wildflowers, and rising snow lines. But there is still rain, and when it combines with that melting snow, the waterfalls near Portland go berserk. So here are some suggestions for the best waterfall hikes near Portland. All of these are […]

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