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Jun 14, 2012

Hooray for the Tillamook County Water Trail!

Okay, so this isn’t a hiking post (more on that later), but I do want to say congrats and yay for the Tillamook County Water Trail, which this week got recognition as a National Recreation Trail — the only one designated this year in Oregon. From the official announcement: “The Tillamook County Water Trail is […]

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Jun 05, 2012

Portland Outdoorsy News: Larch Mountain Road open, Sandy River Delta closed.

Just a couple of news items from the Oregonian I thought I’d share. One is that the road to Larch Mountain, one of the great  viewpoints in the Columbia River Gorge, is now open. The view of the Gorge and Mount Hood  from up there is pretty stupendous, and it’s  a great place to go […]

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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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May 29, 2012

Selling Books Sunday in Wilsonville

This Sunday, June 3, I will be selling books in the author’s booth at the Wilsonville Festival of the Arts, from 10 to 5. I’ll have Breakfast in Bridgetown as well as 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Best Tent Camping in Oregon. I thought I might have the new edition of Day […]

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May 25, 2012

Meager Columbia Gorge Wildflower Season?

The Oregonian’s Terry Richard says he found the Columbia Gorge wildflower season to be a bit meager this year. He has high hopes for the Dog Mountain hike, as do I; I’m headed there next week to try to catch the peak bloom. Anybody else have experiences to relate? What’s your impression of the flower […]

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May 24, 2012

The “Lost Trail” Crowd

A while back, I wrote a piece for The Oregonian about people who like to hike lost trails around Oregon — or who just wander off-trail looking for adventure or old stuff that was left out there. You can read that piece here. Well, since it ran, I’ve gotten a couple of requests along the […]

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May 21, 2012

Dog Mountain Flower Report

Every year about this time, one of the most popular hikes around is to the top of Dog Mountain. That’s because the whole top of the mountain is a big meadow covered in wildflowers, the most conspicuous being balsamroot: Now, imagine about a million of those blooming all at one, 3,000 feet above the Columbia […]

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May 17, 2012

Ah, Wildflower Season!

Many thanks to Darryl Lloyd of Long Shadow Photography for these amazing photos from Memaloose State Park. It is getting towards the end of wildflower season in the Columbia River Gorge, so let’s get on out there and see what there is to see! Take it away, Darryl: To Columbia Gorge hikers and wildflower lovers, […]

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Sep 08, 2011

Talking Hikes on Hybrid Life Radio

I had a chance to play “famous guidebook author” yesterday on Hybrid Life Radio. The link to the podcast is here, and you can get a signed copy of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland here.

Good times!

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