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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.

Three Walks Along Portland’s Orange Line MAX

  • Paul Gerald
  • March 30, 2017
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(Editor’s Note: This post is originally from November 16, 2015; the Orange Line isn’t exactly “new” anymore, but these walks are still lovely.) Now that Portland has its new MAX line up and running, I thought I would check out some of the best places to go for a walk along the new Orange Line. The…

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

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  • 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…

Why I’m Not Writing Any More About the Salmonberry River — For Now

  • Paul Gerald
  • December 8, 2016
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The Salmonberry River is a unique Oregon Coast Range hike.

Many years ago I was told, by a steelhead fisherman, about a paradise in the Oregon Coast Range that nobody knew about. He said it was a deep, forested canyon with a clear and beautiful river running through it — and the only access was by walking down railroad tracks. There were deep pools, lovely rapids,…

Great Mount Hood Hike: Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge

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  • August 4, 2016
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What makes a great hike? I would say ease of access, scenery, variety, options, and something cool nearby to do afterwards. That’s why I think the Paradise Park loop from Timberline Lodge is one of the best hikes on Mount Hood. Just the starting point is worth visiting: Timberline Lodge was built in the 1930s…

Fall Colors in Portland: Hoyt Arboretum

  • Paul Gerald
  • October 29, 2015
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I love going to see fall colors in Portland, and this week I took a group up to Hoyt Arboretum for a volunteer-led tour. It’s always a nice time to visit the Arboretum, whether in spring for blooms, summer for cool shade, winter to get some exercise on their 12 miles of trails, or fall for all…