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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mounts Hood and St. Helens, and the Santiam River (4th Edition) by Paul Gerald
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mounts Hood and St. Helens, and the Santiam River (4th Edition)

hikingdiva, January 24, 2011

I decided last spring that I wanted to revisit my love of hiking. It had been nearly 8 years since I'd ventured out on a trail--primarily because I moved from the Southern Appalachians to the West Coast--I didn't understand the layering (I'd only known "hot") of clothes, the weather--it all seemed foreign, so I stayed away. Eventually it got to me though, and I wanted to be out there with all the other Oregonians enjoying the beauty of this state.

I ran across this book in a local outdoor store and picked it up. To my delight, this book was very well organized and well written. In addition to directions, you get an elevation map, an idea of how many folks you'll see on the trail, the shape of the trail, and the general level of fitness you'll need to be at before trying the trail. This was just the book to get me moving again--and so I began hiking. I made a commitment to hike 3 trails from the book each week, never duplicating--for the entire summer. I met that goal, and I learned so much more about the area of the world I live in. I appreciate the detail the author used, and the candor as well. It's clear Mr. Gerald really loves Oregon, and he loves hiking.

I've glanced at other "60 hikes within 60 miles of" books and not one of them has as much information (well thought out, organized information) as our Portland book.

I hope this book gets you back on the trails as it did me--see you there!
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