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

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.

02/14/2011 With Brian Barker

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.

01/14/2011 With Brian Barker

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.

12/22/2010 With Brian Barker

COZY UP

50 Reasons To Love Winter

Do Portland's dark months have you feeling blue? Let us and Heidi, the new Timberline puppy come to the rescue with 50 great ways to ward off the wet and chill.

12/15/2010 With Brian Barker

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.

11/17/2010 By Kasey Cordell and Rachel Ritchie With Brian Barker

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.

11/16/2010 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Graham Oaks Nature Park

An easy, three mile nature walk just outside Portland.

10/12/2010 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Oxbow Regional Park

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Portland, Oxbow Regional Park remains a surprisingly untamed destination. Red foxes, blacktail deer, bald eagles, blue herons—even black bears and cougars—roam among the 1,200-acre expanse. But it’s the wa

09/13/2010 With Brian Barker

Food Cart City

The Icono-Carts

Six stand-alone carts that prove diamonds in the rough.

08/17/2010 By Martha Calhoon and Rachel Ritchie With Brian Barker

Food Cart City

The Original

SW Fifth Avenue between Oak & Stark Streets

08/17/2010 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Bonney Butte

Visit the short Bonney Butte Trail this fall for a spectacular view—the best in the state—of Oregon's birds of prey.

08/16/2010 With Brian Barker

Mudroom

Table Rock Trail

In the vicinity of Molalla, Oregon, sits Table Rock, a breathtaking beacon, remnant of old volcanic flows of yore. Climb to the top and witness spectacular, unforgettable views reaching at far north as Rainier and as far south as Shasta with this month's

07/15/2010 With Brian Barker

Reviews

Gear Guide

Keen’s Newport DP pack is one cushy ride

06/16/2010 By Brian Barker

Mudroom

Peak Condition

Rainer Hertrich has won the title of most prolific skier, having skied every day for the last 2,390 days in a row (or since November 1, 2003). He's garnered himself not only a Guinness World Record, but also five bruised ribs and a separated shoulder. And

06/10/2010 With Brian Barker

Article

Broken Spoke

Portland’s Bike Cred Takes Another Knock

05/19/2010 By Brian Barker

Get Out!

Back Packing

Our best boroughs for back packing.

05/17/2010 With Brian Barker

Get Out!

Gear Guide

All the top notch swag needed for a commando camping adventure.

05/17/2010 With Brian Barker

Trail of the Month

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

This month, head over to the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge to glimpse local fauna.

04/30/2010 By Brian Barker

Mudroom

Spider Bytes

Volcanic eruption-predicting devices are featured along with their geological abilities. The three-legged censor is aptly referred to as a "spider," man.

04/20/2010 With Brian Barker

Advanced Parenting

Rock ’n’ Roll Mama

New mother China Forbes (of Pink Martini fame) discusses nurturing strategies for her latest born. Topics range from mom jeans to cloth diapers to baby wipes.

04/19/2010 With Brian Barker