Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Crown Zellerbach Trail

Autumn leaves, breezy drives, and creepy vibes just 40 minutes north of Portland

10/04/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Yakama Nation Mt Adams Recreational Area

Explore Bird Creek Meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers, and more at the 21,000-acre land managed by the Yakama Nation.

09/02/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

The 62-Mile Corvallis to the Sea Trail Is Officially Open

The 62-mile Corvallis to the Sea Trail, which can take hikers or bikers to Ona Beach State Park, is open now.

08/24/2021 By Nick Campigli

Travel & Outdoors

As National Park Service Turns 105, Entrance to These PNW National Parks Is Free

Crater Lake National Park, Lewis and Clark Historical Park, Fort Vancouver Historical Site, and more are free this Wednesday.

08/23/2021 By Portland Monthly Staff

Outdoors

Looking for a Quick Trip Outdoors? Don’t Sleep on Portland-Area Nature Parks

Explore nature and wildlife at Marquam, Powell Butte, Canemah Bluff, and more.

08/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Field Notes

New Mt. Hood Trails Boast Views and Wildflowers Galore

The ski and snowboarding resort debuted an 8-mile expanded trail system this summer.

08/10/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

Oregon's Stupendous, Incredible, Magnificent Lake Country

Where to camp, hike, paddle, float, or just dip your toes in the water

07/13/2021 By Kiva Hanson, Reina Harwood, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Benjamin Tepler

Cycling

Pedalpalooza Is Back! Bike Fest Returns for 2021

The third month of the bike festival includes Golden Girls, bar-hopping, and Dazed & Confused.

05/29/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Rushing Waters

6 Oregon Waterfalls for a Hike, a Picnic, or Even a Nap

Some are still closed after wildfires or landslides, but (sorry, TLC) you can still go chasin’ waterfalls.

04/26/2021 By Reina Harwood

Field Notes

The Gorge’s Polar Opposite Offers Ancient Old-Growth Forest and Blessed Solitude

The other Eagle Creek offers a wild, cathedral forest with scarcely another human in sight.

03/16/2021 By Benjamin Tepler

The Gorgeous Gorge

Pandemic Travel: Researching a Columbia River Gorge Guidebook When the World Is Shut Down

The loneliness of the COVID-era travel writer

02/20/2021 By Matt Wastradowski

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.

11/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Cycling

Biketown's All-Electric Fleet and Expanded Area Take Portland’s Bike Share Program to a New Level

Yes, it’s yet another ‘I rode an e-bike for the first time, and it was kind of cool’ story.

10/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

Here’s What You Need to Know about Outdoor Recreation during COVID-19

Should I wear a mask outside? Which trails should I avoid? Here’s our brief guide to outdoor etiquette in and around Portland.

07/10/2020 By Lauren Carlos, Gabriel Granillo, and Julia Silverman

A Walk on the Dry Side

Uncrowded Wildflower Walks, German Lagers, and Neon Signs Abound in The Dalles

Take a long weekend on the dry side of the Columbia River Gorge.

04/01/2020 By Julia Silverman

Field Notes

This Easy Hike Offers Oregon’s Best Mt Hood Views

It’s less than three miles of gently graded trail to the top of Lookout Mountain.

08/27/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Hometown Pride

Oregon is the Star of Apple’s New ASMR Video Series

A new set of tingly, audio-relaxation videos from the tech giant harness our state’s natural spaces.

08/13/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Camp Cooking

Fernweh, a New Dehydrated Food Company, Is Changing the Backpacking Game

It’s Portland-based, vegan, sustainably-packaged, and oodles better than Mountain House.

07/08/2019 By Kiva Hanson

History

125 Years Ago, Hundreds of Climbers Undertook a Mass Ascent of Mount Hood

And on the summit, they founded the Mazamas alpine club.

06/25/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Bikepacking

Here's How It Looks to Bike 364 Miles Across Oregon on (Mostly) Dirt Roads

The Oregon Outback, which runs from Klamath Falls to the Columbia River, is the state's most hallowed bikepacking route. It's tough, gorgeous, and even delivers surprise ice cream at mile 271.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson