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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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Jun 07, 2011

The Four-Train Loop Hike

I had another wonderful Pearl day yesterday: worked all day at home in my sweats, then walked up to OfficeMax and Safeway, and a friend came over for dinner. He took off, and another friend came for dessert — I’m such a social hub — but first we went for a walk.

To this point, I have basically always walked west — that is, into the Pearl. This time we decided to head for the river, crossing a vacant lot at 11th and Overton. This is a doggie leash-free park, and there’s a big sign on the corner, but in a month of living here I never bothered to read the sign. Probably just says “leash-free doggie park,” right?

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