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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.

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…

Columbia Gorge Wildflower Hike:
Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 20, 2017
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    Coyote Wall Loop, 4-19-2017

Here is another post in my series on wildflower hikes in the Columba River Gorge. I am in the process of revising my book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland, for a Spring 2018 publication. And since the last edition was put together, the Forest Service has gone and put up actual signs, on…

My Two Essential Pieces of Hiking Gear — What Are Yours?

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 14, 2017
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It’s not like I bring stuff on a hike just to get attention and comments, but there are a few things that, as I’m dropping them in my pack, I always think to myself, “I’ll be talking about that later!” And yes, I enjoy talking about these things. If the people I’m hiking with are fairly new,…

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 12, 2017
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    Labyrinth and Coyote Wall Loop, 4-11-2017

I took another hike in the Columbia River Gorge the other day, and the spring wildflowers just keep getting better! This time, I went to the Labyrinth and Coyote Wall area, just to the west of Catherine Creek. For perspective, this is around 5 miles east of the Hood River Bridge, on the Washington side…

Portland Hikes: Tryon Creek State Park

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 10, 2017
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If you’re looking for an easy, close-in hike that gives you a nice dose of nature in the city, Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland is a fine choice. This is especially true around early April, when the trilliums bloom. But at any time, really, Tryon is a nice place to visit. In winter…

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This…