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

Ghost Lake

Ghost Lake: Where else would you hike in October?

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 09/21/2011
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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
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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
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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
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Article

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
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Article

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
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Article

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
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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
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Article

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Trail of the Month

Neahkahnie Mountain

This month's trail is Neahkahine Mountain, located 23 miles north of Tillamook. The trail offers spectacular views 1,600 feet above Oswald West State Park.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 02/14/2011

Trail of the Month

Mount Talbert

Mount Talbert stands as the largest remaining undeveloped butte in northern Clackamas County covered in 200 acres of forest and meadows. The butte makes a great hiking spot accessible from four trailheads.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 01/14/2011

Trail of the Month

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

The Ridgefield wildlife complex includes more than 5,200 acres of marshes, ponds, sloughs, and lakes—a welcome sight to a staggering array of migratory birds.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 12/22/2010
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Article

50 Reasons To Love Winter

Do Portland's dark months have you feeling blue? Let us and "*Heidi, the new Timberline puppy*":/travel-and-outdoors/articles/meet-heidi-december-2010/, come to the rescue with 50 great ways to ward off the wet and chill. Consider it your personal guide t

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 12/15/2010
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2010 Best Bars

Best Bars to Hide Out

Whether off the beaten path, underground or out-of-state, these regional haunts are great for ladies' nights, discreet encounters or silently lurking in the shadows.

  • By Rachel Ritchie, Brian Barker, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 11/17/2010
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Trail of the Month

Klickitat Trail

Tucked in the rain shadow of the Cascades, the Klickitat Trail once rumbled with Burlington Northern railcars. Today, the 31-mile path links the towns of Lyle and Warwick, and is a haven for sun-starved hikers and bikers.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 11/16/2010
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Mudroom

Graham Oaks Nature Park

An easy, three mile nature walk just outside Portland.

  • By Brian Barker
  • Published 10/12/2010
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