By Coach KB
There is no shortage of fun to be had in the outdoors here in Portland, Oregon: biking, skiing, rafting, rock climbing, SUPing, surfing… even dragon-boating! It seems everyone these days is getting into something new that they can look cool doing on Instagram. But what will be there when the hype runs out? When the gear becomes too expensive to maintain? Or sits unused on your shelf because you realized it actually takes a lot of effort to get it all packed up for an adventure? Or the weather conditions have made it too dangerous or just plain miserable?
Good ol’ fashioned hiking.
Hiking is there for you when the glitz and glam of all the other fashionable outdoor sports wears off.
Hiking is there when you don’t feel like schlepping all your gear from the basement to the car and the car to the outdoors and back again (don’t forget cleaning it all up!).
Hiking is there when you have run out of money for gear.
Hiking is there for you whether you have a whole day or just a couple hours.
Hiking is there for you whether it is raining, snowing, sleeting, hailing, AND when it is sunny and beautiful out.
For all of you who want a no-frills, no-hassle outdoors experience in Portland, I am here to officially give you my TOP 5 HIKES in and around Portland. There is something for everyone here - a hike in each direction, a few levels of difficulty, and all no more than 90 miles from the city center: