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.

Oldtimer

Long Run

A seasoned ski patroller looks back on 60 years on the slopes.

08/15/2012 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Tom McCall Preserve

Wildflower lovers take note: The three miles of trails winding through this 231-acre preserve seem to have been carved out with your point-and-click camera in mind.

08/14/2012 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Bird Creek Meadows Trail

Gaze in wonder at the wildflowers and waterfalls along Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

07/18/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail City

A Year in Nature

Who says hiking is limited to summer sojourns? Nature is happening year-round.

06/22/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

The High Road

Happy 100th birthday to Terwilliger Parkway! You don't look a day over 95.

06/15/2012 By Randy Gragg Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

Heroes of the Intertwine

Let's take a moment to deliver some well-deserved thanks to those visionary folks who've fought to keep our trails and parks pristine.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

All-Nighters

Overnight adventure beckons at Oxbow Regional Park.

06/15/2012 By Ted Katauskas Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

Southbound

Take a detour during your commute down I-5 South, and pay a visit to some enchanting green spaces in Oregon City and Milwaukie.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Northern Stars

There's no shortage of dramatic destinations as you head north to Vancouver and Camas.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Sublime Southwest

The 'burbs have their own splendid sites that deserve a detailed look.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

Afternoon Delights

Tell the boss you're working from home and take a tour of nearby nature.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Express Escapes

You don't have to ramble too far to find a scenic vista in this town.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Sara Gates

Cover Story

Trail City

Within 20 miles of downtown you’ll find an astonishing 1,200 miles of trails and 40,000 acres of parks and natural areas. as hiking season arrives, we celebrate our seamless connection to nature by mapping 32 places to get outside in every corner of

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park

Mountain bike enthusiasts have a new singletrack trail to cycle through.

05/23/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Tamanawas Falls

Day trippers will definitely fall for the visual stimuli on this captivating Mt. Hood National Forest hike.

04/27/2012 By Brian Barker

Cover Story

Best of the City 2012

*OUR LATEST BEST-OF EDITION* comes jam-packed with 100 reasons to cheer our fair town. among our raves: crêpes that’ll make your toes curl, a cobbler who picks up and delivers, and the one place that makes karaoke cool again. our readers also

04/26/2012 With Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Anne Adams, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Will Lambeth, and Cari Hachman Edited by Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Stacker Butte/Dalles Mountain Ranch

Fantastic flora and gorgeous views of the Three Sisters make Stacker Butte/Dalles Mountain Ranch a trail worth taking.

03/23/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Fort to Sea Trail

The scenery changes quickly and there's a chance you'll spot some whales on this rugged ramble. Thar she blows!

02/24/2012 By Brian Barker Edited by Zach Dundas

Now Read This

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Portland author Cheryl Strayed finds herself on the Pacific Crest Trail in a new memoir.

02/23/2012 By Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

EasyClimb Trail

The new bike trail at Cascade Locks is simple and scenic.

01/26/2012 By Brian Barker