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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Trail City

Express Escapes

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

  • By Sara Gates and Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

All-Nighters

Overnight adventure beckons at Oxbow Regional Park.

  • By Brian Barker and Ted Katauskas
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

The High Road

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

  • By Brian Barker and Randy Gragg
  • Published 06/15/2012
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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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

Afternoon Delights

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

  • By Julian Smith and Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

Sublime Southwest

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Trail City

Northern Stars

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

  • By Julian Smith and Brian Barker
  • Published 06/15/2012
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Cover Story

The Insider’s Guide to the Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge attracts more than 2 million visitors a year, and we’re betting you’re one of them. But how well do you really know our signature landscape? Sure, you’ve seen Multnomah Falls, maybe hoofed it up Angel’s Res

  • By Sara Gates, Martin Patail, Kate Bryant, Aaron Scott, Rachel Ritchie, Christopher Van Tilburg, Zach Dundas, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 05/25/2012
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Trail of the Month

L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/23/2012
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Trail of the Month

Tamanawas Falls

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/27/2012
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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

  • By Cari Hachman, Will Lambeth, Benjamin Tepler, Aaron Scott, Anne Adams, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, John Chandler, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 04/26/2012
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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.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/23/2012
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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!

  • By Zach Dundas and Brian Barker
  • Published 02/24/2012
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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.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 02/23/2012
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Trail of the Month

EasyClimb Trail

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/26/2012
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Trail of the Month

Buzzard Point Trail

Hike to the Pioneer Woman's Grave and then go for tacos—just east of Government Camp.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 12/23/2011
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Cover Story

The 50 Most Influential Portlanders

Who will define Portland in a new era? We asked around—and around some more—to discover this inspiring collection of movers, shakers, rising stars, and established figures with fresh ideas who are already changing the city. In a time when lead

  • By Amanda Waldroupe, Carl Abbott, Kate Moening, Derek Pettie, Meghan Ratliffe, Ashleigh Westmoreland, Ramona DeNies, Sarah Mirk, Benjamin Tepler, Martin Patail, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, Brian Barker, Randy Gragg, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 12/16/2011
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Trail of the Month

Crown Zellerbach Trail

An old logging road near Scappoose provide hikers and bikers with a scenic sojourn.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 11/23/2011
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Cover Story

Relax: 50 Ways to Spoil Yourself This Season

For a season famous for good cheer, the holidays can prove pretty stressful. Fortunately, we’ve found 50 ways to soothe your soul (and mind, and body, and appetite) this winter. From hearty eats to muscle-mending maestros and luxurious in-town escap

  • By Derek Pettie, Meghan Ratliffe, Ashleigh Westmoreland, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Martin Patail, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 11/18/2011
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Trail of the Month

Cape Horn

Get a gorgeous view of the Gorge from Cape Horn.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/14/2011
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