BOOK REVIEW: Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland

NOTE: Sawyer will give a talk about his book at the Canby Public Library on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-7:30pm.

Portland’s “Professional Gentleman of Leisure” Adam Sawyer published in 2014 Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes (I’ve used it many times since, and did my guests when I hosted through Airbnb). He’s been back out exploring around the Portland region for his new guide, also from FalconGuides:


Adam Sawyer, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon: A Guide to the City’s Greatest Hiking, Paddling, and Cycling (Helena, MT: FalconGuides, 2016), 232 pp.

Most outdoor recreation guide books are devoted to single activities, such as hiking or paddling. This new guide aims to provide lovers of nature information for a variety of activities all in one place. Known for its great trails, waterways, and natural areas, the Portland region is a great place to try different types of recreation. The guide book first covers cycling, separating routes between Road Rides, Bike Paths, and Singletrack Trail Rides. Hiking is next, divided between In Town (such as the 4T Trail and Tryon Creek State Park, our personal favorite) and Out of Town trails (a majority of these being in the Columbia River Gorge).* The paddling section is next, split between Flat Water (mostly in the metro area) and Whitewater (farther out river adventures).

Each adventure includes all the necessary before-you-go/need-to-know information, a detailed description of the ride/hike/paddle, and beautiful color photographs by Sawyer himself (if you’d like a regular dose of beautiful Portland/Oregon nature photos everyday, then like his Facebook page). The sections for cycling and paddling also list some recommended outfitters/guides to get the gear you need and perhaps take a lesson or two if you’re a novice. Pages at the front of the book provide information on safety and first aid, the ten essentials to take with you, trail etiquette, and advice on hiking with kids or dogs. Also, Sawyer summarizes those adventures (and others not included in this book) that provide stunning views.

This book would be a welcome addition to your bookshelf or backpack – or a gift for a family member or friend (the holiday season will soon be upon us, you know). If you’re looking to get off your own two feet and get moving a little faster or experience the city from the water, get a copy of Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon.

*If you’re sole interest in exploring around Portland is by hiking, then you could check out FalconGuides’ new second edition of Best Hikes Near Portland, Oregon (just published this last Spring), which covers hikes in the coast region, around Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens, and in the Gorge; or their pocket-sized guide to hikes in the city, Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Oregon. Also, if you want to be able to identify animal tracks while you’re out exploring, they have published a second edition of the pocked-sized Scats and Tracks of the Pacific Coast: A Field Guide to the Signs of 70 Wildlife Species.


This entry was posted in biking, books, hiking, paddling, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s