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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles by Paul Gerald

Posted on 28 September 2009 by Tim

Hiking is probably one of my favorite outdoor activities. It’s fun and simple. You don’t need much more than good shoes and some water.

If you’re looking for a resource to help you find new trails for hiking Oregon and southwest Washington, then you’ll want to consider 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles by Paul Gerald. This fine little hiking book centers around Portland, Oregon and covers trails from the Oregon Coast to Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.

The catch is, many hikes are outside the “60 mile” radius the title suggests. Distances to trails are measured from Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. So, if you live in Vancouver, Washington some hikes will be further and others closer and same if you’re in a suburb of Portland (Beaverton, Hillsboro, Clackamas, Gresham, etc.).

Paul Gerald grouped the hikes into rough geographic locations – Columbia River Gorge, Around Mount St. Helens, The Coast and Coast Range, etc. This works pretty well and makes it easy to narrow down your choices. The hikes are numbered 1-60, starting with Angels Rest-Devils Rest and ending with the Willamette River.

Gerald provides a wealth of information about each trail including obvious ones like length and difficulty and less obvious ones like permits, trail conditions, exposure and even wheelchair access. Each hike described in the book includes driving directions, a trail map and an elevation profile. The only unfortunate thing is that pictures are sparse and none are in color. Along with all the data comes a well written description of what you’ll see when you hit the trail.

I’ve enjoyed using 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. I included some pictures from all the hikes I’ve done thanks to Paul Gerald’s trail guidebook. If you’re new to the Portland Metro then you’ll find this book especially useful. However, there are some trails in here that I’ve never even heard of.

The directions are accurate, the descriptions are useful and the variety is challenging. Can you do all 60 hikes? That’s my goal.

  • cynco
    This is helpfull and definately a book I need to get.
  • Aaron
    Wow, awesome review. Thanks for the insight. =)
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