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Mosier Viewpoint and its stone seats.
Jul 12, 2017

Mosier Plateau: A New(ish) Trail in the Columbia River Gorge

It’s not often we get a new hiking trail in the Columbia River Gorge. But the Mosier Plateau Trail is just that, and a most welcome one as well. Since I moved to Oregon in 1996, I can think of only handful of trails that have come online in the area: Cape Horn is an obvious […]

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Nice new trail.
Jul 12, 2017

Hiking the New Trail at Tom McCall Point

Usually, I would hike Tom McCall Point in spring, when it’s one of the best wildflower hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. But I missed that this year. Still, there is a new piece of trail up there, and it’s always a nice hike, so I went to check it out at the end of […]

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(photo by Jerry King)
Jun 20, 2017

Old Mileage Markers on Oregon’s Eagle Creek Trail

Back in May, I led a hike for the Trailkeepers of Oregon along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. That hike, which I wrote up for my blog, was all about trail maintenance and the issues facing trails — the stuff that Trailkeepers is all about. It was also about the history […]

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From the saddle next to Indian Point.
Jun 20, 2017

Big Hills and Big Rewards in the Columbia Gorge: Hiking the Nick Eaton Way to Indian Point

If you’re looking to see what kind of shape you’re in, or start hiking yourself into better shape, go tackle the Nick Eaton Way in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s part of an 8-mile loop that gains about 3,000 feet — much of it in two particularly steep miles towards the middle. Near the top is one of the more […]

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Triple Falls -- actually one creek split in three. See the people at the top?
Jun 09, 2017

Triple Falls: A Great Hike for a Hot Day in the Columbia River Gorge

If you’re looking for a good Columbia Gorge hike to tackle on a hot day, or just a good get-away walk after a workday, the Triple Falls hike is one of the best options out there. The drive to the trailhead at Horsetail Falls should take an hour, tops, from the middle of Portland — […]

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Lunch with a view.
Jun 05, 2017

Monster Hike in the Oregon Coast Range:
The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop

If you are looking for a real conditioning hike, something that offers more effort and challenge than classic scenery, you can’t do much better (or worse) than the Elk Mountain to Kings Mountain Loop in the Oregon Coast Range. Many people are familiar with the Kings Mountain hike, because it is a pretty straightforward deal: […]

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The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop
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This is the more secluded beach you can hike to -- also roughly the area where we spotted the whale.
May 30, 2017

Hike the Oregon Coast:
Cape Lookout State Park in May (with whale video)

It’s amazing enough that we in the Portland area can drive about 90 minutes and go hiking at the beautiful Oregon coast. We can walk among old-growth forest, gaze down at waves crashing against rocky shorelines, and cross meandering streams as they spread onto sandy beaches. But when we start seeing whales from hundreds of feet […]

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Cape Lookout State Park in May (with whale video)
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I mean ...
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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