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Columbia River Gorge Hikes

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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Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017
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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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View from Elk Mountain.
Feb 10, 2015

Hike Yourself Into Shape: 10 Conditioning Hikes Near Portland

Every year about this time, I start thinking about hiking my butt back into shape. I get out of shape every winter because I basically dislike (A) hiking in the rain, (B) driving on snow, and (C) the gym. So I eat and relax all winter, then hit the trails in the spring. But which […]

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Jun 04, 2012

Dog Mountain, May 30, 2012

I made my annual wildflower/conditioning hike up Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge this last week. For us Portland hikers, this is one of our highlight hikes — so much so, I don’t go anywhere near it on a weekend this time of year. The weekend before Memorial Day, the trailhead parking lot was […]

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