RECREATION LEGISLATION

New Oregon-Led Federal Bill Wants More Explorers in America's Backcountry

The proposed Recreation Not Red-Tape Act—spearheaded by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden—hopes to boost small-town economies with more (hiking) boots on the ground.

03/22/2016 By Caitlin Collins

NORTHWEST GETAWAYS

Ten Once-in-a-Lifetime Cascadian Journeys

From ice cave expeditions to lavish river safaris to nostalgic train trips, here are the Pacific Northwest’s most epic getaways.

02/23/2016 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Marty Patail, Benjamin Tepler, and Christopher Van Tilberg

GEAR UP

We Tested Out These Swedish Hiking Poles

Dorky? As all get-out. But BungyPump's calorie-burning resistance pole is still kinda cool.

02/19/2016 By Marty Patail

DAY TRIPPER

Hiking Wahclella Falls in Winter

Just 10 miles past Multnomah Falls, an easy two-mile loop offers stunning views of a lesser-known cascade.

01/15/2016 By Alex Keith

HAPPY TRAILS

A Field Guide to the Best Hiking and Biking Trails in Oregon

34 amazing places to hike, bike, and explore from Hood to the coast—and beyond.

07/21/2015 Edited by Rachel Ritchie

RIDE DESIGN

Will Your Next Road Bike Be Made of Wood?

Southeast Portland's Renovo bikes are road ready—and gorgeous.

07/07/2015 By Mary Stutzman

FIELD NOTES

Trail of the Month: Mosier Plateau

Wildflowers, waterfalls, and panoramic views—what more could you ask for? Plus 3 springtime travel ideas not to miss!

04/02/2015 By Brian Barker

HIKING

Trail of the Month: Indian Heaven Trail No. 33

Packed with glassy lakes, serene meadows, and alpine vistas, Southwest Washington’s Indian Heaven Wilderness is indeed divine.

09/26/2014 By Brian Barker

GET OUT

Your Game Plan For Summitting St. Helens, Hood, and Adams

A trio of nearby peaks beckon—here’s how beginners can start their ascent.

07/21/2014 By Devan Schwartz

GET OUT

8 Great Afternoon Hikes and Rides

Five trails and three bike routes that celebrate Northwest splendor—without the long haul.

07/21/2014

GET OUT

The Ultimate Mount Hood Hiking Route

Circumnavigate our favorite Cascade peak for an unforgettable forest adventure.

07/14/2014 By Christopher Van Tilburg

Slideshow

Slide Show: Mazama Trail to McNeil Point Shelter

Timberline Lodge isn’t the only handcrafted accommodation on the slopes of Mount Hood!

07/11/2014

FIELD STUDIES

16 Perfect Trails for Exploring Mount St. Helens

Whether you're scouting for a family-friendly stroll or a three-day backpacking challenge, we've rounded up the best hiking opportunities on the volcano's west, east, and south sides.

06/02/2014 By Rachel Ritchie With Aaron Scott and Maya Seaman

NEWS

Portland Crowned King of Bike Commuting

A new report by the US Census Bureau shows that more Portlanders bike to work than residents of any major US city.

05/29/2014 By Caleb Diehl

FIELD NOTES

Trail of the Month: Hamilton Mountain

This challenging trail offers spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and wilderness—all just 45 minutes from Portland.

05/01/2014 By Brian Barker

BEST OF 2013

Take a Hike! 2013's Top 12 Trails

Oregon is chock full of epic hiking destinations and scenic vistas to explore—and we’ve rounded up our favorites.

12/19/2013 By Brian Barker

Slideshow

Slide Show: Bloom Lake Trail

This Coast Range excursion offers lush forests of alders and maples, quiet green waters, and trout fishing a mere 45 minutes from Portland.

10/09/2013

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Eightmile Loop Trail #496

A Hood River-area mountain biking trail for experts and beginners alike

10/01/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Cool Creek Trail

Hike to a retired fire lookout atop Devils Peak and enjoy towering firs, leafy rhododendrons, and huckleberry patches along the way.

09/03/2013 By Brian Barker

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

Oregon's newest scenic bikeway offers 50 miles of horse pastures, pioneer cemeteries, and wetlands.

08/01/2013 By Brian Barker