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 of the Month

EasyClimb Trail

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

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/26/2012

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

PEOPLE

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.

  • 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

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

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.

  • 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

Trail of the Month

Cape Horn

Get a gorgeous view of the Gorge from Cape Horn.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/14/2011

Trail of the Month

Ghost Lake

Ghost Lake: Where else would you hike in October?

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/21/2011

Cover Story

Fall Getaways: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Fall was made for long weekends. As the sun settles lower and lower in our sky and thanksgiving comes into view on the horizon, there’s no better time to escape the city and savor the few quiet, crisp weekends of autumn.

  • By Eleanor R. Brown, Martin Patail, Rachel Ritchie, Zach Dundas, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 09/19/2011

COVER STORY

Go By: Plane

Direct-from-PDX destinations worth your frequent-flier miles.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Rachel Ritchie, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 09/19/2011

Trail of the Month

Little Huckleberry Mountain

Come for the berries and stay for the dramatic views on your hike up Little Huckleberry Mountain.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 08/19/2011

Trail of the Month

Wahtum Lake

Keep cool in the heat with a little wading at Wahtum Lake.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 07/22/2011

FOREST PARK

Forest Park Guide: The Best Bikes

See the splendor of nature go whizzing by as breathtaking scenery is matched with a bicycle's breakneck speed.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/29/2011

FOREST PARK

Forest Park Guide: The Best Runs

Pick up the pace and work up a sweat—and an appetite—on a pair of park runs.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/29/2011

GET OUT

Forest Park Guide: The Best Hikes

There's no shortage of hiking trails in Forest Park. The trick is picking a favorite.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/29/2011

FOREST PARK

Forest Park Guide: The New Face of Forest Park

Forest Park finally has a full-time ranger—and renewed support from the city.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/29/2011

Cover Story

Forest Park Guide

Forest Park is a natural treasure that's worth playing in and protecting.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 06/29/2011

Trail of the Month

Mount Defiance

Visit the highest point in the Columbia River Gorge for a stunning variety of views.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 05/20/2011

Article

Beaverton Farmers Market

This market sweet spot sold 20 percent of the state’s market produce in 2005. Here you'll find the same tree peonies as found at Portland’s Su Chinese Garden and homemade chicken-habanero tamales.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/26/2011

Trail of the Month

Trout Lake Ice Cave

The Trout Lake Ice Cave in Washington state, is a lava tube glaciere, which boasts otherworldly icy pillars, columns and crystallized stalagmites.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 04/22/2011

Trail of the Month

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

At Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, April's Trail of the Month, you can see more than 130 species of resident and migratory birds.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 03/09/2011
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