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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland: Including the Coast, Mounts Hood and St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge (60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Portland Including the Coast, Mounts)

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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 its way up there, just remember that if you take your time on the way up youll 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, youll 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, youre 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 youll 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 floatplane practicing touch-and-go landings on this stretch of the river. All in all, its hard to imagine a better place to have lunch.

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Franky, May 28, 2013 (view all comments by Franky)
This book provides great suggestions of where to hike, but don't rely on it for directions. The author gives very vague directions for getting to trail heads and guiding you through trails. I've gone on a lot of hikes with this book as my guide and often wonder if the auther has even been on the trail. His directions are so discombobulated that perhaps he heard a friend talk about hiking there once and then wrote about his friend's experience. Also, don't rely on the hiking times. Unless you're taking grandma with you, you'll finish a lot faster.
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Susan Jacobson, August 3, 2009 (view all comments by Susan Jacobson)
i am addicted to hiking--but even for casual hikers, this book is worth having :) lots of wonderful places to go--and none of them too far away :) buy this book and go have some fun!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780897329750
Subtitle:
Including the Coast, Mounts Hood and St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge
Author:
Gerald, Paul
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Subject:
United States - West - Pacific (General)
Subject:
Hiking
Subject:
Walking
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
United States - Pacific - Oregon
Subject:
Hiking - Oregon - Portland Region
Subject:
Portland Region (Or.)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Series:
60 Hikes - Menasha Ridge
Publication Date:
20070720
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
121 maps, 33 bandw photographs
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,
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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The authoritative guide to Portland's best day hikes just got better — updated maps, new hikes, new photos, and brand-new trailhead coordinates — provided as UTM and latitude/longitude formats — make this guide even more useful than before. The Portland area is a hikers dream, with a wide variety of accessible, well-maintained trails and no shortage of places to find maps, gear, and walking companions.

This book profiles 60 select trails which give you a little of everything there is to enjoy around Portland: mountain views, forest solitude, picturesque streams, strenuous workouts, casual strolls, fascinating history, fields of flowers, awesome waterfalls, and ocean beaches.

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or lacing up your first pair of hiking boots, this guide has the trail for you!

"Synopsis" by ,
The best-selling hiking guide to Portland just got better. Updated maps, new hikes, new photos, and brand-new trailhead coordinates—provided as UTM and Latitude/Longitude formats—make Paul Geralds authoritative guide to Portlands best day hikes even more useful than before. For readers who asked for actual driving mileage and wheelchair accessibility, each hike now contains that information in the Key At-a-Glance information box. Portland hiking is huge; get the guide that gets you there and back.

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