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Another Hike in the Columbia Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 29, 2017
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    Catherine Creek, March 28, 2017

It is definitely getting to be wildflower time in the Columbia River Gorge! I went for another hike on March 28, doing a different loop at (and above) Catherine Creek, so here’s a quick post and report. It was one of those magical days where it’s raining in Portland, completely socked in all the way…

Best Spring Waterfall Hikes Near Portland

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 25, 2017
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beacon rock state park hardy falls

Everybody is rightly excited about Spring and what it means for hiking near Portland: sunshine, wildflowers, and rising snow lines. But there is still rain, and when it combines with that melting snow, the waterfalls near Portland go berserk. So here are some suggestions for the best waterfall hikes near Portland. All of these are…

Latest “Breakfast Bulletin”: Hiking in the Gorge,
Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 24, 2017
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    Watching Soccer in England, Trekking in Nepal

Every few weeks I send out a newsletter that I call the Breakfast Bulletin, a nod to my former days as the Portland Breakfast Guy. The last issue was mostly about my English soccer project, and this one touches on that, as well. But mainly, this one is all about hiking in the Columbia River Gorge. It…

Spring Wildflower Hike in the Gorge:
Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 23, 2017
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    Catherine Creek, March 23, 2017

I went on my first hike of 2017 today, and it was a classic: Catherine Creek, definitely one of the best hikes for seeing wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge. It was also the first hike for the revision of my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, which will come out in Spring 2018. The…

Best Wildflower Hikes in the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 23, 2017
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Each year, a magical thing happens for Portland-area hikers: while we are still soaked with rain, the eastern Columbia River Gorge is bathed in sunshine, and awash in wildflowers. April and May are the prime flower seasons, but what are the best wildflower hikes in the Gorge? Well, here is one list, from your humble…

Hike Yourself Into Shape: 10 Conditioning Hikes Near Portland

  • Paul Gerald
  • February 10, 2015
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View from Elk Mountain.

Every year about this time, I start thinking about hiking my butt back into shape. I get out of shape every winter because I basically dislike (A) hiking in the rain, (B) driving on snow, and (C) the gym. So I eat and relax all winter, then hit the trails in the spring. But which…