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Tech watchThe Forest Park App features an interactive guide to Portland’s 5,157-acre playground, highlighting 49 trails and 10 suggested hikes. Best part: The iPhone-only app works without a network connection, no matter how deep you are on Wildwood Trail. $3.99, forestparkpdx.com

Trail ready: A lightweight athletic shoe with midsole vents allowing for air ventilation and cooling, Columbia’s Ventralia shoes feature an “Omni-grip” non-marking traction rubber outsole to help you leave no trace while comfortably hiking any terrain. $90, columbia.com

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