Burnt Lake and Zigzag Mountain is a little Mount Hood hike that has it all: trees, waterfall, lake, exercise, and a great big view of Mount Hood. I took a couple of out-of-town guests up there on June 24, and we had perfect conditions. It was sunny, warm, a little breeze, no bugs, and we […]
In the latest edition of my book 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland, there’s a handy list of hikes near Portland; it tells which characteristics like length, difficulty, waterfalls, best time to go, etc., for each one. That list also exists on a spreadsheet, which you can use to search for hikes with your own […]
I got out towards the end of June for one of the best hikes in the Columbia Gorge, Hamilton Mountain in Beacon Rock State Park. It’s really a hike that has it all: a good workout that isn’t a killer, a beautiful waterfall just a little ways in, a viewpoint on the way up, a […]
The latest, 6th Edition of Portland’s best-selling hiking guidebook, my very own 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, is now for sale — signed however you like! To pick up your copies of any or all of these, hit up my book sale page. To read more about the English soccer book, check out […]
Which hiking trails are open or still closed from the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017? I have just updated my Eagle Creek Fire Page with all I could track down. But the biggest news of late has been these developments: The Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls is now open — but the old highway is […]
There is this magical thing that happens in the Columbia River Gorge every spring. The hillsides green up, the skies clear, the temperatures rise, and wildflowers explode in beautiful abundance. For hikers, this means escaping the city and, in normal years, the rain. (This year, of course, it’s pretty much sunny everywhere.) And if you […]
Here is a great hike on the Oregon Coast that should be good all year round — assuming you don’t mind a little mud. And if you can add a second car, the 9-mile hike to Cape Falcon and then over Neahkhanie Mountain includes many things that make hiking on the Oregon Coast terrific. All […]
One of the best views anywhere of Mount Hood is now accessed via the newly official Old Vista Ridge Trail. It’s a moderate 4.5-mile loop on a trail re-opened by renegade volunteers starting in 2007.
If your car can handle getting to the trailhead, Ed’s Trail is an easy approach to Silver Star Mountain that offers tremendous views, great variety, and — this time of year — some amazing fall colors.
Looking for the best fall colors hikes near Portland, Oregon? Here are some favorites from Paul Gerald, author of “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland.”