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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
With spring break coming up, I figure lots of folks will be heading out to go hiking with their kids. And even if we have a normal winter, by that time the Columbia River Gorge is usually snow-free in the lower elevations, making for great spring hiking. Of course, 2015 is turning into “the winter […]
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 […]
What are the best Portland hikes in the rain? Here’s one option in town, one in the Gorge, and one at the coast.
Looking for the best fall colors hikes near Portland, Oregon? Here are some favorites from Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.”
Less than an hour from Portland, Cape Horn Loop has plenty of variety in a loop of less than 7 miles. And it’s one of the best fall colors hikes around.
In winter, Columbia Gorge hikes like Memaloose State Park can offer Portland hikers a chance to “get out there” without dealing with snow.
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 […]