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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.

Old Mileage Markers on Oregon’s Eagle Creek Trail

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 20, 2017
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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. Back in May, I led a hike for the Trailkeepers of Oregon along the Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. That hike, which I wrote up for my blog, was…

Big Hills and Big Rewards in the Columbia Gorge: Hiking the Nick Eaton Way to Indian Point

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 20, 2017
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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’re looking to see what kind of shape you’re in, or start hiking yourself into better shape, go tackle the Nick Eaton Way in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s part of an 8-mile loop…

Triple Falls: A Great Hike for a Hot Day in the Columbia River Gorge

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 9, 2017
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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’re looking for a good Columbia Gorge hike to tackle on a hot day, or just a good get-away walk after a workday, the Triple Falls hike is one of the…

Monster Hike in the Oregon Coast Range:
The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 5, 2017
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    The Elk Mountain – Kings Mountain Loop

If you are looking for a real conditioning hike, something that offers more effort and challenge than classic scenery, you can’t do much better (or worse) than the Elk Mountain to Kings Mountain Loop in the Oregon Coast Range. Many people are familiar with the Kings Mountain hike, because it is a pretty straightforward deal:…

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…

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…