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

Camping Guide: Desert Rambles

5 Essential Hikes in the Eastern Oregon Desert

From red-rock spires to aspen-shrouded hot springs, here's where to trek on the other side of the Cascades.

05/22/2018 By ONDA and 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

Outdoors

Meet Oregon's Newest State Park

Sitka Sedge Natural Area is a magical mix of sand, marsh, and coastal forest.

04/26/2018 By Christine Menges

Field Notes

At Willamette Mission State Park, History Meets Family-Friendly Hiking

Ferries and filberts, cottonwoods and catastrophes.

04/24/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Smart Travel

ODOT Relaunches Crowd-Pleasing, Crowd-Easing Shuttle to Multnomah Falls

The idea was to reduce traffic on I-84. It's working so well the bus will now run year-round, with extended service to Hood River.

04/17/2018 By Catherine Johnson

New Trails

At Last, the Portland-to-Coast Salmonberry Trail Gets the Green Light

For a decade, we've dreamed of this 86-mile route through the Coast Range. The Port of Tillamook just said yes. Now, the hard part: finding the money.

03/30/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Book Release

This Pacific Northwest Guidebook Is Tailored to Tiny Hikers

From toddlers to tweens, a new hiking manual aims to inspire the next generation of trailblazers.

03/20/2018 By Natasha Tandler

Field Notes

Go Hike This Ancient Gresham Volcano

Red-hot Hogan Butte once helped shape the Gorge. Now it's a tranquil nature park.

02/27/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Hiking

This Oregon Guidebook Spotlights Two Coastal Forests

The Sierra Club wants you to fall in love with the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests.

02/20/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Travel

How to Vacay in Phoenix—with Kids

Need some pro tips for keeping everyone happy on a winter getaway to the Valley of the Sun? Roller coasters, butterflies, and ranch dinners.

02/16/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Get Out

6 Ways to Exercise in Portland for $10 or Less

Because boutique fitness classes can be great—but they can also break the bank.

11/28/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Direct Flights

No, It's Not Too Soon to Plan a Winter 2018 Escape

From Maui to Mexico City, these five direct flights from PDX give life as Portland winter hits peak bleak.

11/20/2017 By Anya Rehon

Winning Finds

Gorgeous Raincoats to Slick Galoshes, the Best Local Stuff for Wet Weather

In the cold November rain.

10/16/2017 By Eden Dawn

Hikes

5 Close-to-Portland Hikes for Reveling in Fall Color

From golden larches to migrating swans, autumn is the time to visit these nearby forests and wetlands.

10/11/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Get Outside

This Portland-Based Nonprofit Helps Tots and Parents Hit the Trail

Want to explore nature with your newborn? Hike it Baby can lead the way.

09/07/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Dispatch

Will a 200-Mile Trail Come to the Columbia River Gorge?

Imagine a seamless loop spanning both sides of the Columbia.

08/14/2017 By Rachel Wilson