Brian joined the SagaCity team in 2006 as a fact-checker with Portland Monthly. Details were sweated and issue upon issue, he took on greater responsibility, from managing departments to wrangling interns to organizing and executing cover features and narrative stories.

In 2010, with SagaCity’s custom magazine department growing by leaps and bounds, Brian took an opportunity to combine a love of travel writing and the wide-open spaces of Oregon by serving as a project lead for visitor guide clients, which now includes Travel Portland, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association, Eugene, Cascades & Coast, and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau. He shares a century-old bungalow at the foot of Mount Tabor with his wife, young son, and newly adopted Great Pyrenees-Lab mix.

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HAPPY TRAILS

Tips for Hiking with Kids from Real Portland Parents

"Everything will be fine as long as you keep in mind that children have no forethought or self-preservation skills."

  • By Brian Barker, Allison Jones, Margaret Seiler, Kelly Clarke, and Fiona McCann
  • Published 07/28/2015
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Boulder Lake Makes an Ideal Summer Day Hike

With picture-perfect picnic tables, pine-dotted cliffs, and wildflowers, this 11-acre lake is calling.

  • By Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/22/2015
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FIELD NOTES

Trail of the Month: Mosier Plateau

Wildflowers, waterfalls, and panoramic views—what more could you ask for? Plus 3 springtime travel ideas not to miss!

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/02/2015
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OREGON TRAILS

The Northwest's 8 Best Wildflower Hikes

Wildflower season is coming! Celebrate with some of our favorite floral displays in the region.

  • By Portland Monthly Staff
  • Published 03/26/2015
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WINTER BUCKET LIST

A Guide to Northwest Winter Wandering

Plan a perfect day on Mount Hood, layer up for winter biking, or get outta town for a warm-weather escape!

  • By Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Benjamin Tepler, Michael Zusman, and Caleb Diehl
  • Published 12/01/2014
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HIKING

Trail of the Month: Indian Heaven Trail No. 33

Packed with glassy lakes, serene meadows, and alpine vistas, Southwest Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness is indeed divine.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/26/2014
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TRAVEL INSPIRATION

An Epic Oregon Bike Ride

Saddle up your bike for an epic Eastern Oregon adventure on the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/25/2014
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GET OUT

8 Great Afternoon Hikes and Rides

Five trails and three bike routes that celebrate Northwest splendor—without the long haul.

  • Published 07/21/2014
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FIELD NOTES

Trail of the Month: Hamilton Mountain

This challenging trail offers spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and wilderness—all just 45 minutes from Portland.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/01/2014
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Summit Trail No. 691

A local secret revealed: this Sandy-area cross-country ski and snowshoe trail offers gentle, rolling terrain that's perfect for Nordic newbies.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 02/03/2014
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HIT LIST

Portland’s Best Bars of the Moment

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars—whether you’re in the mood for a fresh new spot or an old standby.

  • By Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail
  • Published 02/03/2014
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GETAWAYS

A North Coast Winter Weekend

Oregon's northernmost shores aren't only for summer kite-flying! We've got the scoop on what to do, eat, and see in Astoria this season.

  • By Allison Jones
  • Published 12/20/2013
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BEST OF 2013

Take a Hike! 2013's Top 12 Trails

Oregon is chock full of epic hiking destinations and scenic vistas to explore—and we’ve rounded up our favorites.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 12/19/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Inspiration Loop Trail

Venture through some of Oregon’s newest designated wilderness on Mount Hood’s remote northern flanks on cross-country skis or snowshoes.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 12/02/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Eightmile Loop Trail #496

A Hood River-area mountain biking trail for experts and beginners alike

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/01/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cool Creek Trail

Hike to a retired fire lookout atop Devils Peak and enjoy towering firs, leafy rhododendrons, and huckleberry patches along the way.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/03/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

Oregon's newest scenic bikeway offers 50 miles of horse pastures, pioneer cemeteries, and wetlands.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/01/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/01/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Hood River Mountain Trail

Views of the craggy mountain, rustic barns, and fields of wildflowers may have you singing "the hills are alive..."

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/03/2013
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TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cedar Butte Trail

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/01/2013
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