Gravel Grinding

This Beautiful Ride along the Deschutes Is the Perfect Intro to Bikepacking

Looking to ease into two-wheeled, off-road travel? This mellow gravel trail offers dramatic canyon views and bucolic riverside campsites.

06/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

New Hotels

McMenamins' Kalama Harbor Lodge Finally Opens

It's surely the most thrilling thing to happen on this sleepy industrial stretch of the Columbia since last summer's methanol protests.

04/17/2018 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

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

Hotel News

17 New and Soon-to-Open Hotels in Portland and Beyond

From a historic downtown Portland renovation (with a restaurant by hometown hero Doug Adams) to a luxury RV Park in Coos Bay (yes, Coos Bay), we're hot for these new lodging options.

02/20/2018 By Anya Rehon

Hotel News

You Can Now Book McMenamins' New Hawaiian-Themed Hotel in Exotic Kalama

The chain's brand-new waterfront project, announced two years ago, is opening in April. There will be tiki drinks.

01/09/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Hotels

Skamania Lodge Just Added New Luxury Tree Houses

Ditch the grand lodge for a forested aerie in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge.

12/12/2017 By Anya Rehon

Unnatural Treasure

The Columbia River Gorge Burned. We Could Make That a Good Thing.

A manifesto for our beloved national landmark, after the flames.

11/20/2017 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Amy Martin

Dispatch

When the Gorge Burned, Oregon Search & Rescue Volunteers Scrambled

A first responder recounts the dramatic all-night effort to save more than 100 hikers.

10/16/2017 By Christopher Van Tilburg

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

Public Lands

Celebrate National Public Lands Day (While We Still Have Them)

As the federal government tries to shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, now's a damn good time to show Oregon's public lands how much we love them.

09/19/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

Wildfires

Beyond Eagle Creek: So Much Fire, So Close to Home

Yes, the Columbia Gorge is our backyard. But that fire is small potatoes compared to blazes elsewhere in Oregon.

09/08/2017 By Margaret Seiler

Wildfires

Oregon's on Fire. Where's the Supertanker?

Panicked by wildfires like Eagle Creek, some Oregonians want to bring in the world's largest air tanker. Gov. Brown throws a towel on that.

09/07/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Everyday Activism

How You Can Help Rebuild the Gorge (and Not Make Things Worse)

"If you wanna go fast, go alone; if you wanna go far, go together."

09/07/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eagle Creek Fire

As the Columbia Gorge Burns, Reflecting on What This Place Means to Us

From pianist Hunter Noack to hiker Jenny Bruso to chef Gregory Gourdet, Oregonians pay tribute to a natural resource forever changed.

09/07/2017 By Portland Monthly Staff

News

Senator Ron Wyden Has Been Trying to Fix Wildfire Funding Since 2013

His solution won't help the Gorge right now, but it could help prevent future fires.

09/07/2017 By Marty Patail

Everyday Activism

Here’s Where to Eat, Drink, and Donate to Support Eagle Creek Fire Relief Efforts

Portlanders can eat fancy barbecue, drink beer, or swill cocktails, all while helping their neighbors.

09/06/2017 By Kelly Clarke and Molly Woodstock

News

The Gorge Is Burning: What to Know and How to Help

A roundup of news and resources as the Eagle Creek fire continues to burn

09/05/2017 By Portland Monthly Staff

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