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Nov 16, 2014

Portland’s Beautiful Marquam Mosaic

As it’s explained at the website for the Friends of Marquam Nature Park:

The Marquam Mosaic was created as a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that involved children, families and adults in making a 100′ long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater. The public was invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park.

It’s an utterly charming thing, well-made and professional but retaining little-kid charm. And there’s really nothing much to add, except that the hike to Council Crest, which starts there, is good any time of year.

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Digging in for future generations.
May 14, 2014

Trailkeepers of Oregon: Working For, and On, Oregon’s Trails

I have been a longtime reader and poster at PortlandHikers.org, and I have admired the work being done by Trailkeepers of Oregon, which kind of grew out of the website. In fact, I have always dedicated my hiking guides to the people who build and maintain trails. And I much appreciate the work and dedication […]

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May 09, 2014

Gorge Wildflower and Snow Levels Update: May 9, 2014

Inquiring hikers want to know: Which Gorge hikes are sporting wildflowers? Where is the snow level in the hills? Well, I haven’t been out for hardly any hikes this year, which is more than a little embarrassing and frustrating, but hey — I’ve been producing books. But plenty of people have been out hiking, and […]

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Mar 07, 2014

Portland Hiking News, Conditions and Outings for March 8-9

Welcome to the 2014 Hiking Season! …. and my (more or less) weekly updates on news, conditions, and hiking suggestions. Sure, some of you may have been hiking all winter, but for me, it starts in March, with the first reports of wildflowers blooming in the Columbia River Gorge and the possibility, however unpredictable, that […]

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Probably a lot of trails looking like this right about now.
Jan 10, 2014

Portland-Area Hiking News and Conditions for Jan. 11-12, 2013

Usually, in this space, I would give you some news related to Portland hikes, and conditions relevant to possible hikes near Portland this weekend. Instead, I think I’ll just say what must be obvious: If you’re thinking of hiking this weekend, good luck! The Portland forecast shows rain all weekend with a wind advisory talking about gusts up to […]

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Silver Falls State Park is one of some 30 Oregon state parks offering a First Day Hike on January 1.
Dec 31, 2013

Looking for New Years Day Hikes? State Parks Have You Covered

Both Oregon and Washington state parks are hosting New Years Day 2014 guided hikes and snowshoes this year. It’s all part of First Day Hikes, a cooperative effort of America’s State Parks and the American Hiking Society. Oregon has 30 hikes to choose from, and this article from Terry Richard in The Oregonian lists them all. […]

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