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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In this excerpt from “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland,” author Paul Gerald describes a classic walk through a wooded gulch to Portland’s highest point.
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 […]
Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland” and other guides, offers his weekly roundup of news and conditions for hikes near Portland.
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. […]
Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland,” continues his series on the best Portland winter hikes with this loop in Washington Park.
Normally, when you think about hiking near Portland in winter, you’d first want to know, “Where is the snow?” At this point, the answer is basically, “It ain’t.” Over on the Snow Level Thread at PortlandHikers.org, I have seen reports of no snow at Trillium Lake, one inch on Tom Dick and Harry (above Mirror […]
Sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking there are no good places to go hiking near Portland in the wintertime. I tend to focus on other things, like eating breakfast and planning trips to warmer places. Of course, this is nonsense. I can’t even really say that the weather is always crappy for hiking, […]