Moon Take a Hike Portland
Hikes within Two Hours of the City
By Barbara I. Bond
First Edition, May 2009
Portland and its surroundings are home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the West—it is a hiker’s paradise. Because of the abundance of unrivaled scenery around the city, hiking in Portland is more than just a trek around the town. Outdoor expert and Portlandite Barbara I. Bond shows you the best hikes in and around Portland. All hikes within the guide take less than 2 hours to reach by car, with details on public transportation options and clear directions on how to reach the trailhead.
Let Barbara show you all the worthwhile hikes, from short, flat routes suitable for families to day-long, steep treks for more advanced hikes. Each hike profile contains practical information including point-by-point trail navigation, contact information, facilities, fees, parking instructions, and an easy-to-use map for each trail. From the 70-miles of trails in Forest Park, through the alpine meadows of the Cascades, up to the highest peak of Mt. Hood, your trip begins with Moon Take a Hike Portland.
What’s inside Moon Take a Hike Portland
Enjoy the very best of Portland Hiking with these itineraries:
- Best for Bird-Watching
- Best for Butt-Kickers
- Best Hikes with Children
- Best for Peak Baggers
- Best for Waterfalls
- Best for Wildflowers
- Best Views
Discover the best hiking spots in:
- Portland and the Willamette Valley
- The Columbia River Gorge
- Mount Hood
- The Coast Range
- Southwest Washington
Barbara I. Bond discovered her love of the outdoors at an early age. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she camped, backpacked, and hiked in the Sierra Nevada and Santa Cruz mountains. Barbara continued to explore the outdoors on hiking trips in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Peru. She even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Domestically, she has hiked in California, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and has explored Oregon extensively.
Barbara served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a deputy sheriff before receiving a degree in biology and chemistry from San Jose State University. She attended graduate school at University of Texas Southwestern. Around that time, she joined Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering organization established in 1894, and used her love of the outdoors to expand her career as a freelance writer and photographer. It was when she discovered the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that she moved to Portland.
In addition to hiking, climbing, and backpacking, Barbara enjoys long-distance running, biking, skiing, and kayaking. She has taught rock climbing in the Catlin Gabel School Outdoor Program and volunteered with organizations such as the American Lung Association's Reach the Summit program.
Barbara is the author of 75 Scrambles in Oregon and has written for several publications including the Oregonian, Backpacker, Walk About, and Outdoors NW. Her photographs have been shown in the Portland area and have appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and in the "Best of Oregon" Common Ground-ads for the Campaign for America's Wilderness.
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