PDX Index

Wanna Play in Oregon’s Great Outdoors This Spring? It’ll Cost You.

Kayakers, hikers, anglers, and RV’ers: prepare to cough up.

02/25/2020 By Julia Silverman

Sponsored Content

Glamping in Style in the Heart of the Willamette Valley

Meet The Vintages Trailer Resort—from iconic pink lawn flamingos to gooey, campfire-roasted s’mores, any stay at this unique property includes a trip down memory lane…and lots of wine.

02/24/2020

Commence Panic

Summer Camp Registration Season Is Upon Us

Portland Parks and Rec opens registration on Monday

02/21/2020 By Julia Silverman

Breaking News

Joshua McFadden and Bar Legend Jim Meehan to Open Takibi

The Japanese bar and restaurant unites McFadden’s Submarine Hospitality, Meehan, and lifestyle brand Snow Peak in Northwest Portland.

01/27/2020 By Karen Brooks

Camp Cooking

Fernweh, a New Dehydrated Food Company, Is Changing the Backpacking Game

It’s Portland-based, vegan, sustainably-packaged, and oodles better than Mountain House.

07/08/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Outdoor News

Permit Quotas Are Coming to 80 Oregon Trailheads in 2020

Meet limited entry—a possible new normal for some overcrowded Oregon wilderness areas.

03/25/2019 By Wriik Maui

Long Weekends: Above the Treetops

This Washington Lookout Tower Offers the Ultimate Solitude

Recently retrofitted, Heybrook boasts board games and panoramic views alike.

09/11/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Camping

5 Oregon Spots to Stake Out on the 'Airbnb of Camping'

From gardens in Southwest Portland to lodge properties in the Wallowas, Hipcamp offers 830-plus places to pitch a tent on private land.

08/29/2018 By Talullah Plummer-Blanco

Campground Guide

10 Northwest Car-Camping Sites That Might Actually Have Room for You

Procrastinators, this is for you.

08/03/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Get Out of Town

The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Camping Cheat Sheet

Turned around on snowy forest roads? Sick of sold-out campgrounds? Here's how to win the camping game.

08/03/2018 By Benjamin Tepler Research by Catherine Johnson

Editor's Note

Are We Loving the Outdoors to Death?

Humans are overrunning the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. What's to be done?

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Get Outside

The Insider's Guide to Camping in the Pacific Northwest

It's finally summer. Here's how to escape the crowds, score secret spots, discover Oregon's wild desert, and camp like royalty.

05/22/2018 Edited by Benjamin Tepler Photography by Isaac Lane Koval

Camping Guide: Eastern Promises

Head to Harney County for Hot Springs and Wild Horses

In Oregon's lonely southeastern corner, otherworldly wonders await.

05/22/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Camping Guide: Back to Basics

From Waxed Canvas to Breathable Woolens, How to Camp Like Teddy Roosevelt

Step away from the titanium spork.

05/22/2018 By Dan Engler

Camping Guide: Bring the Heat

5 Delicious Ways to Boost Your Campfire Cooking Game

From forest fondue to an off-the-grid old-fashioned, these recipes bring culinary swagger to the backcountry.

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Camping Guide: How To

The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Camping Cheat Sheet

Turned around on snowy forest roads? Sick of sold-out campgrounds? Here's how to win the camping game.

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler Research by Catherine Johnson

Camping Guide: Fast & Furious

This Is the Pacific Northwest's Best Lightweight Backpacking Gear

From dehydrated Coava coffee to ultra-packable sleeping bags, here's how to shed those extra ounces.

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Camping Guide: The Long Haul

Which Pacific Northwest Thru-Hike Is Right for You?

Stargazing and rattlesnakes? Or solitude and grizzlies? Take your pick!

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Camping Guide: Wild Country

5 Northwest Backpacking Trips to Take Right Now

Lace up those boots—high-alpine lakes, wildflower-lined trails, and hand-operated cable cars are waiting.

05/22/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Benjamin Tepler

Camping Guide: Fingers Crossed

10 Northwest Car-Camping Sites That Might Actually Have Room for You

Procrastinators, this is for you.

05/22/2018 By Benjamin Tepler