Balch Creek–Dramatic Ravine a Forest Park highlight

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Location: Forest Park, Portland, Oregon Land Agency: Portland Parks and Recreation Roundtrip: 2.4 miles High Point: 425 feet Elevation gain: 300 feet Difficulty: easy Green Trails Map: Forest Park No 426S Contact: Contact/permits: Portland Parks and Recreation ; Forest Park Conservancy;  Notes: dogs must be leashed Access: From downtown Portland, follow NW Vaughn Street west […]

Tracy Hill — Wild turkeys and sublime views

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Quick Facts:  Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Land Agency: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Roundtrip: 5.0 miles Elevation gain: 1150 feet Difficulty: Moderate Contact: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Notes: Dogs permitted on leash. Be aware of ticks and poison oak. Green Trails Map: Columbia River Gorge East No. 432S Good to Know: […]

Mount Defiance─the Undisputed Granddaddy of the Gorge

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Quick Facts: Location: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 12.9 miles Elevation Gain: 4,890 feet Green Trails Map: Columbia River Gorge-West Map 428S Access: From Portland follow I-84 east to Exit 55 to the Starvation Creek Trailhead. Contact: Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Good to know: Dog-friendly, wildflowers, […]

Bear Lake—A bear of a lake but not of a hike!

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  Quick Facts: Location: Mark O Hatfield Wilderness, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 475 feet Green Trails Map: Columbia River Gorge -West No 428S Contact: Mount Hood National Forest, Hood River Ranger Station, = Notes: Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency Pass required. Access: From […]