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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Portland 2ND Edition


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As you drive out Interstate 84, you can actually see Angels Rest, a flat-topped rock outcropping sticking out over the road at the end of a ridge. What looks like a building on top is actually a clump of trees. And if it looks like it's way up there, just remember that if you take your time on the way up you'll have plenty of breath left to be taken away by the view up top.

The trail starts with a moderate climb through the woods and has an early reward: a rare view down at a waterfall, in this case 100-foot Coopey Falls. Soon thereafter, the trail crosses Coopey Creek on a wooden bridge and then starts climbing just a little more steeply.

After about a mile, you'll start switching back through an area that burned in 1991; note the blackened trunks of some of the bigger trees. It was mostly just the underbrush and smaller trees that burned, opening up the forest floor to the sun and letting wildflowers come in to take your mind off the climb. When the trail traverses a rockslide for 100 yards, you're almost done.

Just past the slide, the trail goes back into the woods briefly, and you turn left out onto the final ridge. This last stretch of the trail is why you might think twice about bringing small children: It gets a little narrow, with cliffs to the east falling away a few hundred feet, and in one spot you'll have to scramble up about ten feet of rocks. When a trail goes off to the right on the ridge top, stay straight.

The reward for this small effort is a view to rival any other in the Gorge. To the east, you can see Beacon Rock and the high walls on either side of the river. To the west you can see the Vista House and the hills falling away toward Portland and the Willamette Valley. The Columbia River, right below you, seems so close that you could get a running start and jump into it. You might see some windsurfers out there; on one trip, I watched a float plane practicing touch-and-go landings on this stretch of the river. All in all, it's hard to imagine a better place to have lunch.

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Gerald, Paul
Menasha Ridge Press
United States - West - Pacific (General)
United States - Pacific - Oregon
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Edition Number:
Second edition
Edition Description:
Second Edition
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles
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Over 30 photos, Over 120 maps
9 x 6 in 12.8 oz

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland guides hikers to many of the classic areas, including the Columbia River Gorge and the Mount Hood Area, as well as specific destinations like Neahkahnie Mountain, jutting straight up from the Pacific Ocean, and Oak Island, a paradise for bird watchers.
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It's time to take a hike! No more excuses like "I don't know where to hike around here, "It's inconvenient to get to the woods from the city," or "I don't have time to wander the trails." With 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland as your guide, you have a choice of a hike for each week of the year, and then some; dozens of places to hike, and most within an hour's drive or less. With 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland, you don't have to travel far to find a variety of outstanding hikes; short hikes, long hikes, hikes for children, urban hikes, rural hikes, wildlife hikes, historic hikes, and many others.

Inside you will find:

Trail descriptions that allow you to assess each trail before you hike it

GPS-based trail maps that provide you with accurate trail information

Trail profiles to help you visualize altitude gain and loss

Directions that lead you to the trailheads

If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland area (or just visiting), 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland provides the information necessary for you to choose the perfect day hike, as well as maps, directions, trail lengths, driving times to the trailhead, hiking times, highlights, and a wealth of detail about the trail itself. So lace up those boots, sling that pack, and hit the trail!

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The Portland area is a hiker's dream with a wide assortment of accessible and well-maintained trails to choose from. This guide selects trails that will provide readers with a little of everything there is to enjoy in an area bordered on the north by Mount St. Helens, on the south by Detroit Lake, on the east by OR 35, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. During the rainy, snowy winter months, go on city hikes like Forest Park or Washington Park or down to Silver Falls State Park to see the waterfalls. In the spring as the snow melts, hike to Bagby for the hot springs or to Dog Mountain for the spectacular wildflowers. Summer is the time to see the bluffs at Cascade Head or the views from Cape Meares. In the fall, don't miss the vine maples at Timothy Lake or the blackberries on the way to Warrior Rock. More than just giving directions, this guide will educate readers about the destinations, let them know what to look for on the trail, and provide information for nearby activities. Whether looking for a quick and easy get-out-of-town stroll or a challenging trek through wilderness, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland is the perfect companion for residents or first-time visitors.
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