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It's time to take a hike! No longer do urban commandos and weekend warriors have excuses like "there's nowhere to go around here," "the woods are too far 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 dozens of places to hike to your heart's content, all within an hour's drive or less.
Trailblazers scour the earth for the best places to explore, and yet they often overlook their own backyards. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland blows the lid off the myth that you can't have a great hike close to home. Portland may be an ever-expanding metropolis, but there are still plenty of great options for the hiker determined to seek them out. Everything from paved walkways to undeveloped forest trots can fill out your trekking agenda.
Packed with valuable tips and information in an easy-to-use new text design, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland gives you everything you need to get started. First, learn about the area's hiking possibilities and the author's opinions about the best places to go. Then, consult the author's recommendations for special interest hikes--short hikes, long hikes, hikes for kids, urban hikes, rural hikes, wildlife hikes, historic hikes, and more. When you make your choices, each of the 60 hike profiles provides essential details on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, exposure, solitude, trail surface, and accessibility. The author also includes personal notes on the hike, a detailed hike map, new elevation profiles, and clear directions to the trailhead. There's even a section describing places to buy maps and gear, as well as info on nearby hiking clubs and events.
So lace up those boots, sling that pack, and hit the trail!
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.
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.
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!
About the Author
is a professional freelance writer and lover of the outdoors. He's hiked extensively in the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Montana, as well as Appalachia, Alaska, Nepal, and Argentina. His work has appeared in newspapers around the country, as well as Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler
, Dish Magazine
, Weissmann Travel Reports
, and Nike's website. A transplant from Tennessee, he moved to Portland in 1996 to be near the mountains, ocean, and big trees.
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction (2) Angel's Rest (3) Ape Canyon (4) Ape Cave (5) Bagby Hot Springs (6) Barlow Pass (7) Beacon Rock State Park (8) Breitenbush (9) Bull of the Woods (10) Cape Falcon (11) Cape Lookout State Park (12) Cape Meares (13) Cascade Head (14) Clackamas River (15) Cooper Spur (16) Dog Mountain (17) Eagle Creek (18) Elk Meadows (19) Forest Park (20) Historic Columbia River Highway (21) Kings Mountain (22) Larch Mountain (23) Laurel Hill (24) Lava Canyon (25) Lewis River (26) Lookout Mountain (27) Lost Lake (28) Macleay Trail (29) Marquam Trail to Council Crest (30) McCall Nature Preserve (31) McNeil Point (32) Memaloose Lake (33) Mirror Lake (34) Mount Defiance (35) Mount Mitchell (36) Neahkahnie Mountain (37) Oak Island (38) Oaks Bottom (39) Opal Creek (40) Ramona Falls (41) Rock Lakes (42) Saddle Mountain (43) Salmon Butte (44) Salmon River (45) Silver Falls State Park (46)Siouxon Creek (47) South Fork Toutle River (48) Table Mountain (49) Tamanawas Falls (50) Tillamook Head (51) Timberline Lodge (52) Timothy Lake (53) Trillium Lake (54) Triple Falls (55) Tryon Creek State Park (56) Vista Ridge (57) Wahkeena/Multnomah (58) Warrior Rock (59) Washington Park/Hoyt Arboretum (60) Whetstone Mountain (61) Wildwood Recreation Area