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.

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Eightmile Loop Trail #496

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

10/01/2013 By Brian Barker

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.

09/03/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

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

08/01/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Rock of Ages Ridge Trail

07/01/2013 By Brian Barker

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..."

06/03/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cedar Butte Trail

05/01/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

School Canyon Trail & Ball Point

Spot spring wildflowers and take in farmland views on this sunny-side Mount Hood trail.

03/22/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Tillamook County Water Trail

A new aquatic wonderland beckons on the Coast.

02/20/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Pocket Creek Ski Trail

A ski-haven away from the crowds

01/24/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Wilson River Trail

A forest expedition close to Portland

12/20/2012 By Brian Barker

BEYOND THE BRIDGES

Ski Anthony Lakes

Throwback charm, deep snow, and short lines make this Eastern Oregon ski area one of the country's most treasured.

12/17/2012 By Brian Barker

HIDDEN ESCAPE

Secret Mount Hood Hideouts

Just in time for the snow, we uncover four under-the-radar escapes on our signature mountain.

12/04/2012 By Kasey Cordell, Brian Barker, and Kelly O'Connor

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Alameda Ridge Trail

11/20/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Aldrich Butte Trail

10/16/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Butte Creek Falls Trail

Activity: Waterfall & Fall-color Viewing | Distance: About 1 mile, round trip | Rating: Moderate

09/21/2012 By Brian Barker

Best of the City

Trail City

35 outdoor urban adventures

08/26/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Article

Local's Guide to Mt. Hood

Whether you’re a rabid ski bum or have never strapped on a pair of snowshoes, we’ve got the inside line on our beloved mountain’s essential experiences: the best places to sled, the gnarliest runs, and even the coziest spots to sip an après-ski beverage.

08/25/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Welcome to…

Beervana

This month's issue of Portland Monthly is dedicated to beer. You love beer? Great! We do too, and we've spent countless hours and sleepless nights knocking back pint after pint in order to provide you with the quality beer information that you deserve. Ti

08/20/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Beervana

Best Beers

Portland Monthly, through dedicated, exhaustive, unrelenting research, has selected and refined a list of Oregon's best brews. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree. Either way, we love beer, and we love you. This one's for you, Portland!

08/20/2012 With Brian Barker By John Chandler