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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…

Dog Mountain, May 30, 2012

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 4, 2012
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I made my annual wildflower/conditioning hike up Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge this last week. For us Portland hikers, this is one of our highlight hikes — so much so, I don’t go anywhere near it on a weekend this time of year. The weekend before Memorial Day, the trailhead parking lot was…

Meager Columbia Gorge Wildflower Season?

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 25, 2012
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The Oregonian’s Terry Richard says he found the Columbia Gorge wildflower season to be a bit meager this year. He has high hopes for the Dog Mountain hike, as do I; I’m headed there next week to try to catch the peak bloom. Anybody else have experiences to relate? What’s your impression of the flower…

The “Lost Trail” Crowd

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 24, 2012
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A while back, I wrote a piece for The Oregonian about people who like to hike lost trails around Oregon — or who just wander off-trail looking for adventure or old stuff that was left out there. You can read that piece here. Well, since it ran, I’ve gotten a couple of requests along the…

Dog Mountain Flower Report

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 21, 2012
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Every year about this time, one of the most popular hikes around is to the top of Dog Mountain. That’s because the whole top of the mountain is a big meadow covered in wildflowers, the most conspicuous being balsamroot: Now, imagine about a million of those blooming all at one, 3,000 feet above the Columbia…