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

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 30, 2017
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    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…

Dog Mountain: A Classic, but Crowded, Columbia Gorge Hike

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 26, 2017
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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…

Portland’s Tanner Springs Park:
Peace in the Pearl District

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 26, 2017
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    Peace in the Pearl District

Water trickling. Kids giggling. Flowers blooming. Tall grass swaying in the breeze. A duck paddling on a pond. Where are we? The corner of NW 11th and Marshall, in Tanner Springs Park. One wouldn’t normally associate “Pearl District” with “peaceful,” but over here at the north end we’re kind of on the edge. Over by…

Recovery Share: Trudging Along

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 25, 2017
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I have always marveled at the (sort of) last line in Alcoholics Anonymous: Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the…

Classic Columbia Gorge Hikes:
Eagle Creek to High Bridge

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 18, 2017
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    Eagle Creek to High Bridge

Update: As of January 2018, this trail is closed because of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Check the National Forest website for the latest info. 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…

Great Oregon Hikes: Silver Falls State Park

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 11, 2017
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I got out this week to do one of the best hikes in Oregon at one of the best times to do it: Silver Falls State Park in spring. The water is raging. The trees are brilliant green. The temperature is perfect. The crowds aren’t bad — yet. Granted, I did this on a Wednesday, which…