When I was a child I used to keep a detailed diary of the hikes that I did with my family. I was lucky enough to grow up in the Pacific Northwest, and we spent our time exploring the mountains of Oregon and Washington. Over the years it became my responsibility to choose where we got to explore, and as a result we spent a lot of time deep in the mountains. We had a great time.

When I was 16, we moved back to Illinois, the state where I was born and where my parents had lived most of their lives. I spent the next eight years going to college, going on road trips, going to concerts and traveling the world when I could scrape together enough money to do so. But eventually I decided to move back to the Pacific Northwest, a place that still haunted my dreams and occupied my visions of the future I wanted to build for myself. So when I was 24 I moved back to the Pacific Northwest, to Portland, to attend graduate school.

Over the next several years I set about exploring the Pacific Northwest again, and I spent a year living and working in a small town in rural France. So when I returned from France, after a year spent exploring the countryside in the Ard├Ęche, I began to think of how to translate my experiences into print. Over the next few years I wrote my first hiking guide, Off the Beaten Trail. In the years since I moved back to Oregon, and especially since returning from France, I began to think about writing the definitive guide to my favorite place in the world:, the area in and around Opal Creek and Mount Jefferson, where I had spent so much time growing up. So I spent two years hiking and backpacking through the Mount Jefferson area, and the result is 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region.

And now, to bring it all together, my third book unites as many adventures near Portland as I can fit into a single book. This book is titled PDX Hiking 365: Year-Round Adventures in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington. It’s been a wild ride and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Into the future!


Matt Reeder

January 2018