Outdoors

How to Reserve a Hiking, Camping, or Backpacking Trip in Oregon

As permits are becoming the norm in the Pacific Northwest, having a plan in place for your next outdoor adventure is key.

01/20/2023 By Gabriel Granillo

Travel & Outdoors

12 Oregon Adventures to Get You Outdoors Every Month of the Year

Fly-fish on the Deschutes River, soak in the Terwilliger Hot Springs, ski late into spring at Mount Bachelor, and more—2023 is yours for the taking.

12/29/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, Karly Quadros, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Sam Stites

Travel

What to Do in Oregon in January

First Day Hikes at Oregon State Parks, drink high gravity beer in Bend, listen to folk music in Florence at the Winter Music Festival, and more.

12/29/2022 By Gabriel Granillo and Sam Stites

Nature

Where to Go Storm-Watching on the Oregon Coast

From Fort Stevens to Shore Acres, Oregon's coastal storms are on dramatic display throughout the winter.

12/15/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

What to Do in Oregon in December

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.

11/30/2022 By Portland Monthly Staff

Outdoors

Sno-Parks, State Parks & Beyond: Snag a Wilderness Parking Pass

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.

11/22/2022 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Hiking

5 Post-Thanksgiving Hikes around Portland

Skip Black Friday this year and spend your morning in Forest Park, on Mt Tabor, and elsewhere

11/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo With Isabel Lemus Kristensen

Outdoors

What to Do in Oregon in November

Día de los Muertos in Eugene, Thanksgiving in Wine Country, Run to Stay Warm, and more!

10/31/2022 By Portland Monthly Staff

Get Out

Let It Snow: Mt Hood Ski Resorts to Open in Just a Few Weeks

Snow in the Cascades means local ski resorts will soon announce opening dates for the upcoming season that are on the historically early side.

10/25/2022 By Julia Silverman

Wildfire

Rain Is Coming, But for Now Local Wildfires Are Still Sparking

The fires sparked during this unseasonably warm October are driving our subpar air quality, too.

10/17/2022 By Sam Stites

Aug-tober

Summer's Not Ending. Here's How to Make the Most of It.

Five things that won't be as fun when the rain inevitably comes.

10/12/2022 By Sam Stites

Travel

Quick and Easy Day Trips for Fall Fun

Orchards in the Hood River Valley, spooks in St. Helens, fall revelry in Wilsonville, and more

10/03/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Rose Lee, and Fiona McCann

Outdoors

Where to Check Out Fall Colors around Portland

See changing autumnal leaves at Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland Japanese Garden, and beyond.

09/22/2022 By Kate Bryant and Gabriel Granillo

Events

What to Do in Oregon in September

The Oregon State Fair wraps up, the Pendleton Round-Up kicks off, dahlias are in bloom, and Oktoberfest has us raising our steins.

09/02/2022 By Portland Monthly Staff

Cycling

Pedalpalooza Is Back! The Beloved Bike Festival Runs June, July, and August

The super-fun, volunteer-led Portland bike festival returns with themed rides, from Kate Bush to a cargo bike competition.

06/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Portland Parks

Where Parks Are More Than Just Playgrounds and Ballfields

A Q&A with Jon Blasher, director of parks and nature for Metro, on balancing the urgency of access to nature for all with habitat preservation

05/27/2022 By Julia Silverman

Portland Parks

Parks We Love in Portland’s Suburbs, from West Linn to Washougal

Venture beyond city limits for more great greenspaces in West Linn, Tualatin, Gresham, and Washougal.

05/27/2022 By Michelle Harris

Recreation

It’s Will-AM-it, Dammit! Running the Numbers on the Willamette River

Dive in at Poet's Beach, kayak at Sellwood Riverfront Park, or just worry about Portland Harbor pollutants—there’s a lot to do in the Willamette.

05/27/2022 By Michelle Harris

Father's Day

Local Gifts For Outdoorsy Dads

Portland-based gifts for dads that put an impressive amount of miles on their Subaru and consistently choose tents over hotels.

05/23/2022 By Matthew Trueherz

Portlands Best Parks

34 Reasons to Love Portland’s Parks

We crafted a list of parks in Portland to visit if you want to fly a kite, catch some views, spread out a picnic, ride a mountain bike and more!

05/06/2022 With Julia Silverman, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler Illustrations by Anna Rogers