Lookout Mountain — Look out to Mount Hood and beyond

    Quick Facts:  Location: Badger Creek Wilderness Land Agency: National Forest Service Roundtrip: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 550 feet Contact: Barlow Ranger District Mount Hood National Forest Notes: Northwest Trail Pass or interagency pass required Green Trails Map: Mount Hood Climbing / Timberline Trail no. 462SX Access: From Portland: Follow I-84 east to Exit 64 in Hood […]

Balch Creek–Dramatic Ravine a Forest Park highlight

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 […]

Mount Defiance─the Undisputed Granddaddy of the Gorge

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, […]

Virginia Lake─Sweet bird watching spot on Sauvie Island

Quick Facts: Location: Sauvie Island (Portland, Oregon) Land Agency: Oregon State Parks Roundtrip: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 50 feet Notes: Dogs must be leashed. Access: From downtown Portland, follow US 30 (NW St Helens Road) west for just shy of 11 miles turning right onto the Suavie Island Bridge. Then follow Sauvie Island Road for […]