hikes

Portland + Willamette Foothills

October 14, 2017

Little North Santiam River Trail

With snow levels in the Cascades dropping to 4,000 feet last week, we headed to the green forest for a hike next to the Little North Santiam River. 

February 23, 2017

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Almost every day, I go on a long walk with my dog, Astrid. I’m lucky to live close to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, so when I go on a 4 mile walk from my house, 2 of those miles are on trails.

July 26, 2015

Opal Creek

A hike along the Little North Santiam River, with old sawmill and mine equipment and the town of Jawbone Flats.

February 14, 2015

Trail of Ten Waterfalls

The Trail of 10 Falls hike in Silver Falls State Park is a waterfall lover’s dream. It’s popular and crowded, but with more waterfalls that can be seen on any hike in the region and beautiful creeks running through the entire canyon, it is well worth a visit.

May 6, 2014

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

This garden is about 1-1/2 miles from my home, so it’s nice to go for a long walk and then meander through the garden, especially in the spring when the shrubs are blooming.

January 19, 2014

Hoyt Arboretum

Washington Park’s Hoyt Arboretum is located in the hills above downtown Portland. With 12 miles of hiking trails, it’s a great place for a nature walk within the city limits.

May 26, 2013

Opal Creek

Hiking Opal Creek: old mining relics, a beautiful river, waterfalls and pools of emerald green in an old growth forest.

March 9, 2013

Silver Falls State Park

The trail of 10 waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park.

August 12, 2012

Bridge Pedal 2012

A bike ride across six of Portland’s bridges during the BridgePedal event.

January 3, 2010

Portland Japanese Garden

The Portland Japanese Garden is beautiful in all seasons. In the winter, you can see the structure of the trees without leaves and there is more moss and bright green color throughout.