City Trails

City Trails The sun is shining, so it's the ideal time to put down the remote and explore our guide to 35 Outdoor Urban Adventures: acre after acre of trails, waterways, and remarkable greenspaces that grace the Portland area.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Milton Glaser Cuts a Rug

Portland’s Lapchi collaborates with the eminent, octogenarian graphic designer as he applies his creative spirit to a new medium, carpet.

07/30/2012 By Kristin Belz

We Are There

Uncapped Concert Captivates

An exclusive sponsor event showcased performances from Best Coast and Kendrick Lamar and brought in a crowd of internet-savvy music enthusiasts.

07/13/2012 By Monica Down & Hannah Doyle

Back Page

Vox Populi: We Asked 100 People at Cartlandia…

Diners at Cartlandia muse about Apple, trails, and the future ruler of Cascadia.


Now Hear This

Music Review: Let’s Make Love Come True by Monarques

Monarques’ unabashed doo-wop pop is the soundtrack of summer.

06/22/2012 By John Chandler


Riffing on the Bard

Bag & Baggage gives Shakespeare’s bloody Titus Andronicus a transfusion of Kabuki in Hillsboro.

06/22/2012 By AP Kryza


Five Questions With… Meghan McCain

For John McCain’s daughter, it’s always 4:20 somewhere. Blame her newfound liberal tendencies on co-author Michael Ian Black.

06/22/2012 By Kit Mauldin


PDX Index: Waterfront Blues Fest

The numbers behind the annual Waterfront Blues Festival are nothing short of staggering.

06/22/2012 By Sara Gates


The Perfect Party: July 2012

Keep the baby—and the chickens—away from the hungry lion, please.



Do This Now! July 2012

Hangin' with hippies and clapping for cowboys are both on the cultural calendar for July.



Do You Want to Play a Game?

Portland techie Andy Baio resurrects Interactive Fiction at

06/15/2012 By Will Lambeth


Woody Redux

Local rock stars should take a page from the Woody Guthrie songbook.

06/15/2012 By Zach Dundas

Eat & Drink

Market Watch

It’s Summer; Are You Grilling – Again?

This time of year, it’s hard to go inside. But sometimes the grilling routine needs some freshening up.

07/31/2012 By Kristin Belz

Beer Bulletin

Welcome Team Pfriem!

Hood River's burgeoning brewing scene expands again.

07/26/2012 By John Chandler

Market Watch

Cherry Bomb

In the ring with Bing versus Rainier, for cherry champion of the Northwest.

07/24/2012 By Kristin Belz


Summer Stock

Ten less-filling brews that deserve a spot in your fridge this summer.

06/22/2012 By John Chandler


Downsize Dining

Welcome to the era of efficient eating at microrestaurants.

06/22/2012 By Sara Gates


Blurring the Borders

Smallwares and Aviary think global—without the boundaries.

06/22/2012 By Karen Brooks


Grill Marks

The Texan behind Podnah's Pit has some tasty pointers for the backyard griller.

06/15/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

In the Kitchen

Video: In the Kitchen with Rodney Muirhead

Watch Podnah’s Pit chef Rodney Muirhead walk us through his foolproof Texas recipe for scratch barbecue sauce.

06/15/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Walker’s Way

She doesn't have much of a jump shot, but Barbara Walker is still one of our favorite trail blazers.

06/22/2012 Edited by Randy Gragg

Home & Real Estate

Design Guide

Getting Into the Garage Groove

An unofficial guide to the principles of great (or at least good) garages.

07/29/2012 By Kristin Belz

Slide Show

Adirondack Days

The classic American chair lets us lean back into a comfortable summer.

07/28/2012 By Kristin Belz


Beat the Heat

July is a busy month for garden enthusiasts so keep an eye on the thermometer.

06/15/2012 By Kate Bryant

Style & Shopping



The company started by a Reed College dropout in his garage is now the world’s most profitable tech firm—and our culture’s most-envied icon of corporate cool. As Apple proposes a spectacular new store in the heart of Portland, we offer a

06/22/2012 By Zach Dundas and Will Lambeth

Long Story [Short]

The Incubator

At the helm of Portland Sewing, Sharon Blair is the city’s behind-the-scenes fashion matriarch, nurturing the careers of our brightest design talents while turning out her own line year after year.

06/22/2012 By Eden Dawn


Virtual Vending

A vending machine visionary gambles on touchscreen technology.

06/22/2012 By Zach Dundas


To the Max

Here's a handy guide for transitioning maxi dresses from work to play.

06/15/2012 By Eden Dawn

Travel & Outdoors


City Trails

Portland's growing network of trails, parks, and natural areas offer outdoor escapes by foot, bike, and paddle for an hour or an entire weekend.


Trail City

A Year in Nature

Who says hiking is limited to summer sojourns? Nature is happening year-round.

06/22/2012 Edited by Brian Barker


Word on the Street: a Portland Glossary, July 2012

So where will you be spending your vacation?


Trail City

The High Road

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

06/15/2012 By Randy Gragg Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

Heroes of the Intertwine

Let's take a moment to deliver some well-deserved thanks to those visionary folks who've fought to keep our trails and parks pristine.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City


Overnight adventure beckons at Oxbow Regional Park.

06/15/2012 By Ted Katauskas Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City


Take a detour during your commute down I-5 South, and pay a visit to some enchanting green spaces in Oregon City and Milwaukie.

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Northern Stars

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

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Sublime Southwest

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

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Trail City

Afternoon Delights

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

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Julian Smith

Trail City

Express Escapes

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

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker With Sara Gates

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

06/15/2012 Edited by Brian Barker

Beyond the Bridges

Ashland’s New Act

Something’s afoot in Ashland, and it isn’t just the Shakespeare Festival. Explore the city’s latest renaissance.

06/15/2012 By Kasey Cordell


Top Coed Trail Shoes

Sturdy and stylish boots that work for guys and gals.

06/15/2012 By Kasey Cordell


Top Men’s Trail Shoes

OK men, let's make tracks in these top-notch boots.

06/15/2012 By Kasey Cordell


Top Women’s Trail Shoes

Traversing the trails requires some serious footwear. Here are our picks for the ladies!

06/15/2012 By Kasey Cordell

Walk This Way

Portland’s Top Trail Shoes

To help you decide what to wear on your in-town hikes, we put some of Portland’s top footwear companies’ trail shoes to the test. The result? Eleven hiker-approved kicks.

06/15/2012 By Kasey Cordell

Web Exclusives


In the Kitchen with Rodney Muirhead

Watch Podnah’s Pit chef Rodney Muirhead whip up a mean barbecue sauce in the latest installment of our In the Kitchen video series.

06/15/2012 Edited by Benjamin Tepler