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Apr 14, 2017

My Two Essential Pieces of Hiking Gear — What Are Yours?

It’s not like I bring stuff on a hike just to get attention and comments, but there are a few things that, as I’m dropping them in my pack, I always think to myself, “I’ll be talking about that later!” And yes, I enjoy talking about these things. If the people I’m hiking with are fairly new, […]

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Apr 12, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

I took another hike in the Columbia River Gorge the other day, and the spring wildflowers just keep getting better! This time, I went to the Labyrinth and Coyote Wall area, just to the west of Catherine Creek. For perspective, this is around 5 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, on the Washington side […]

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Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017
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Loveliness.
Apr 10, 2017

Portland Hikes: Tryon Creek State Park

If you’re looking for an easy, close-in hike that gives you a nice dose of nature in the city, Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland is a fine choice. This is especially true around early April, when the trilliums bloom. But at any time, really, Tryon is a nice place to visit. In winter […]

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The Wilson River is one of the best winter hikes near Portland.
Apr 10, 2017

Easy Hikes Near Portland: Wilson River Trail

Tired of all the crowds in the Columbia River Gorge or at Mount Hood? Or maybe looking for a quick getaway on a drizzly day? Consider the Wilson River Trail in the Oregon Coast Range. Why You Should Go One way of looking at winter hikes is, if you aren’t gonna see much anyway, might as […]

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Apr 09, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This […]

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Gorge Hikes: 1872 Wagon Road
Apr 08, 2017

Columbia River Gorge Hikes:
1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall

There’s a great book called Curious Gorge (buy it at Powells.com) that recently taught me about two hikes that sounded short and cool: one (#31) to an 1872 wagon road and another (#32) to a hidden waterfall off a section of the old Columbia River Highway. The trailhead was pretty much right on the shoulder […]

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1872 Wagon Road and a Hidden Waterfall
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Cape Lookout is a great Oregon Coast hike.
Apr 04, 2017

Oregon Coast Hike: Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout State Park offers everything you’d want from an Oregon coast hike: old-growth forest, secluded beaches, cliff-top views, and wildlife on land, wing, and water. Why You Should Go Three options await at this free trailhead: there’s a 1.8-miler down to the beach, a 2.3-miler down to the picnic area and campground, and a […]

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Wachlella Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is a great hike for kids and families
Mar 30, 2017

Family-Friendly Columbia Gorge Hikes: Wachlella Falls

If you’re looking for a kid- and family-friendly hike in the Columbia River Gorge, look no farther than Wachlella Falls. It isn’t just that the falls itself is beautiful; the trail is also easy to reach, easy to hike, and potentially not too crowded — if you can get an early start. I snuck out […]

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Tillicum Bridge from the OHSU Observation Deck.
Mar 30, 2017

Three Walks Along Portland’s Orange Line MAX

(Editor’s Note: This post is originally from November 16, 2015; the Orange Line isn’t exactly “new” anymore, but these walks are still lovely.) Now that Portland has its new MAX line up and running, I thought I would check out some of the best places to go for a walk along the new Orange Line. The […]

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Grass widows and the cliff just west of Catherine Creek.
Mar 29, 2017

Another Hike in the Columbia Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017

It is definitely getting to be wildflower time in the Columbia River Gorge! I went for another hike on March 28, doing a different loop at (and above) Catherine Creek, so here’s a quick post and report. It was one of those magical days where it’s raining in Portland, completely socked in all the way […]

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Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017
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