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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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dog mountain columbia gorge wildflower hikes
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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Dec 27, 2013

Conditions for Hikes Near Portland: Weekend After Christmas

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 […]

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Dec 23, 2013

Nice Winter Portland Hike: Macleay Park

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, […]

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