I’m hiking now too. Hiking is one of those things that you’re pretty much required to do if you live in Portland, besides getting a tattoo and recycling. The Portland area has so many great places to go on a hike. There’s also some great sites to see if you don’t mind driving 2 or 3 hours.
I lived in Portland for a couple of years before I went on my first real hike, and it didn’t even take place in Portland. The hike actually took place when I went to Hawaii last year. I went to top of Diamondhead all by myself. It’s not that long of a hike, but it gets really tough close to the top. There are some really steep stairs and I was carrying a lot of weight on my back. Also on that trip I hiked to Manoa Falls.
Fast forward to the next summer when I went on a couple of hikes in the Portland area. One was to Angel’s Rest and another to Horsetail Falls, both in the Columbia Gorge area. I even went on something of a hike in Washington during the Twin Peaks festival. I have a book which lists 50 hikes within 50 miles of Portland and maybe one day I’ll do them. I already have my next location picked out.
My friend Dan is trying to talk me into climbing to the top of Mt Rainier in 2017. Since I moved to Portland, I’ve always said that I would never try to climb a real mountain (Diamondhead doesn’t count). Every winter I heard stories about people getting lost or stranded on our local mountain, Mt. Hood. I say that you have to be crazy to want to climb a mountain. This does sound tempting, though. I’ll have to think about it.
Hiking has been fun, especially when I’ve gone with friends. I hope to be able to go more frequently. A friend of mine goes hiking almost every weekend during the summer. It’s good exercise and I get some great photos along the way. Maybe I’ll do some winter hiking. Maybe I’ll get in good enough shape to climb Mt. Rainier.