Parks Policy

What's the Hold-Up with Oregon's New Office of Outdoor Recreation?

We called the parks agency to find out.

04/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Design

Paul Bunyan vs. Polka Dots: The 15 Biketown Design Finalists Are Here

You have until May 3 to vote on your favorite for each Portland quadrant.

04/27/2018 By Marty Patail

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

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

Trophy Case

Style Your Ride with This Portland Cycling Gear

Snackholes to snazzy socks, your commute just got a whole lot cushier.

03/27/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

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

Urban Nature

3 New Ways for Portlanders to Get Outdoors in 2018

Start your Fitbits: this year, the Green Loop makes a Sunday Parkways cameo, several city parks get a facelift, and an east side dock opens to summer swimmers.

01/17/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Fitness: Ride On

This Group Aims to Get More Women of Color on Bikes

Molly Sugar, founder of Friends on Bikes, talks bike camping, spandex, and doughnuts.

12/28/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Camping

You Want to Book This New Oregon Forest Service Cabin Now

Terry Musgrave has photographed more than 70 Pacific Northwest cabins. Fremont Point, in rural Lake County, is one of his favorites.

12/28/2017 By Hannah Bonnie

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

Bike Fun

Portland’s New Kid-Designed Bike Lane Art Is Delightful

Blast off—it's a cyclist in space!

10/06/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wine Country Escapes: Two Wheels

A Wine Country Bike Trip in Oregon's Eola–Amity Hills

Tour a close-to-home AVA on two wheels (or four).

09/13/2017 By Ben Waterhouse

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

Bike Touring

These 7 Oregon Scenic Bikeways Are Made for Fall Cycling

These perfect rides—from the Breitenbush River to the brand-new Sherar's Falls route—will pump air into your fall plans.

08/30/2017 By Rachel Wilson

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