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As permits are becoming the norm in the Pacific Northwest, having a plan in place for your next outdoor adventure is key.
In Salem, the state legislature considers more urban fishing, funding for communities rebuilding from wildfires, and more connections for the Oregon Coast Trail.
This two-mile addition to the Oregon Coast Trail offers beautiful scenery of Nehalem Bay and secondary-growth forest, and connects to Neahkahnie Mountain.
Isabel Lemus Kristensen
Check out lights at the coast, make a wreath at Silver Falls State Park, hunt for ornaments in the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests, and more.
Portland Monthly Staff
From the Oregon State Parks Pass to the Oregon Pacific Coast Passport, pick one (or a few) of these passes to save time, money, and stress.
Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui
Skip Black Friday this year and spend your morning in Forest Park, on Mt Tabor, and elsewhere
Isabel Lemus Kristensen
Five things that won't be as fun when the rain inevitably comes.
Hike of the Month
A stunner year-round, the picturesque waterfall trail at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton, Oregon, is bursting with color in autumn.
This short-and-sweet walk from Johnston Ridge Observatory is all volcano photo ops, all the time. Parking is free, but that could change next year.
See changing autumnal leaves at Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland Japanese Garden, and beyond.
Kate Bryant and Gabriel Granillo
Leave the car at home for World Car Free Day—and to avoid traffic confusion during this weekend’s I-84 closure in Northeast Portland.
In early autumn, trails in Oregon and Washington offer glimpses of misty waterfalls, migrating birds, changing colors, not-so-snowy mountain peaks, and more.
Brian Barker, Gabriel Granillo, and Benjamin Tepler
Fall Road Trips
Take a slow trip via ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, with detours to Orcas, Lopez, and other parts of the archipelago on the Salish Sea.
While pushing a makeshift covered wagon, Don Martin of Prineville was joined by a cape-wearing stuffed steer named Last Ox.
Kah-Nee-Ta gears back up, PAM CUT's getting a new home, the Vancouver Waterfront is getting a new hotel, and more.
Neahkanie Mountain, Cape Lookout, and other trails on the Oregon Coast beckon with shady walks and ocean views.
Julia Silverman and Michelle Harris
Lighthouse views and inland shade on this Oregon Coast trail near Cannon Beach, at Ecola State Park
From the fir frenzy of North Portland’s Columbia Park to a tree-lined trail on Sauvie Island, here are a few places to celebrate the shadows.
Cassondra Bird, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler
Washington state’s berry-packed Gifford Pinchot National Forest requires a permit to pick up to a 3 gallons a year. That's a lot of huckleberry pies.
While you need a permit to reach much of the waterfall corridor in Oregon and Washington, some trails don't take so much planning.