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I’m the author of two books on Portland hikes: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Day and Section Hikes on the Oregon PCT. I try to get out there as much as I can, and I try to keep up with all the latest news and developments out on the trail. Check here for news, stories, and photographs from the great outdoors. And you can also follow me as the 60 Hikes guy on Facebook or Twitter.

Memaloose Hills: A Semi-Secret Wildflower Hike in the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 3, 2018
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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…

Great Oregon Coast Hike: Cape Falcon and Neahkhanie Mountain

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 16, 2017
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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…

Lookout Mountain Hike: One of the Best Views Anywhere Near Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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I try not to throw around phrases like “perfect hike,” but Lookout Mountain, just east of Mount Hood, gets about as close as anything can to that standard. Why? Because it is a mix of effort, payoff, cool forest, sunny meadows, relative solitude, flowers, springs, and a big-time view that includes volcanoes, forests, a lake, the Columbia River,…

Whetstone Mountain: Easy Hike, Great Views, Hot Springs After

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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If you’re looking for a pretty easy hike with great views of the Oregon Cascades, Whetstone Mountain is a good place to start. It’s kind of a long drive, but I recommend it if you’re spending a night camping in the area, like along the Clackamas River. The hike is less than five miles roundtrip…

Old Vista Ridge Trail: Former Trail Brought Back for an Amazing “New” View of Mount Hood

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 24, 2017
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For many years, one of my favorite Mount Hood hikes has been Vista Ridge — even after much of it burned up in the 2011 Dollar Lake Fire. It’s a great walk along a mountain ridge to a loop that includes several alpine meadows, front-row views of Hood, babbling brooks, smiling wildflowers … and now…

August 2017 Breakfast Bulletin: Hiking the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • August 3, 2017
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The August, 2017 issue of my monthly(ish) newsletter, the Breakfast Bulletin, is out. This month, we have: a wrap-up of the many hikes I’ve been on lately, while updating my book 6o Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland — almost all of them of them in the Columbia River Gorge. An update from the soccer project, about the crazy…

Saddle Mountain Hike is a Flower and Forest Show in the Oregon Coast Range

  • Paul Gerald
  • July 28, 2017
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Every year in early summer, the Portland-area hiking cycle takes one to Saddle Mountain, just off US 26 on the way to the Oregon Coast. It is typically in late June — when the Gorge flower show is done and the higher trails haven’t melted out yet — that the open peaks of this Coast Range…