Oregon Coast Trail (OCT)
The Watchman Peak Trail
Crater Lake National Park
McKenzie River Trail (MRT)
Or check out www.oregonhiking.com for an
extensive catalog of beginner to advanced
hikes throughout the state.
A city invested in being green, Portland
prides itself on its bike-friendly reputation.
With bicycle parking corrals throughout
the city (its 1,600+ on-street bicycle parking
spaces far exceeds the number in any other
U.S. city), and just about everything you
can imagine being deliverable by bike, from
pizza to mattresses, Portlanders take biking
seriously…well, and sometimes not so seriously. Keep an eye out for the clowns that
routinely cruise the city streets on super tall,
or uniquely-designed bikes. Portland also
takes part in the annual World Naked Bike
Ride, part of Pedalpalooza.
But Portland isn’t just big on bicycles as a
way of life — they’re also in it for the sport.
The Grand Prix of Portland, a professional cycling event, is slated to debut in
the summer of 2016 (see www.facebook.
com/GrandPrixofPortland for more information). It is also host to the Seattle to
Portland Bicycle Classic (STP), an annual
1-2 day 200-mile ride considered to be
among the ten biggest recreational bicycle
rides in the US.
Many of P-Towns residents prefer taking to
the waterways to stay active, fit, and soak up
nature from a different vantage point. If you’re
interested in facing the challenges and rewards
of kayaking, the following listings of kayak-friendly waters, kayaking clubs and shops
should help you put your paddle in the water.
Portland Kayak Company
6600 SW Macadam Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97239
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe
1515 SE Water Avenue
Portland, OR 97214; 503-285-1819
Rentals, gear, programs, and tours such as the
Ross Island Tour
5 Mill Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Can’t stand the water? No problem. As
long as you don’t have a fear of heights
that is. With all these resplendent mountains abounding, we can’t forget climbing.
Just visit www.portlandrockclimbs.com and
choose from an array of cliffhanging adventures. Not quite ready for the real thing?
That’s okay. In recent years, Portland rock
climbing gyms have really taken off.
Portland Mountain Rescue
Portland Rock Gym
21 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
410 NE 17th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
1405 NW 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Stoneworks Climbing Gym
6775 SW 111th, Beaverton Oregon 97008
Living in the Portland metro area, if you
love fishing, there’s no excuse not to go.
The area is teeming with fishing destinations all within an hour’s drive. Just be
sure to review the Oregon Sport Fishing
Regulations available from the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife (www.
dfw.state.or.us) before you set out on your
The Pacific Northwest is the source of two
of the tastiest fish in the worl d—salmon and
halibut, which populate the 360+ mile Pacific
coastline. Salmon, along with steelhead and
sturgeon, also dominates the rivers while
kokanee can be found in the lakes, and trout
and pan-fish fill the streams. Shellfish flesh
out the mix, making Oregon a seafood haven.
Already baiting your hook? Here are ten
fishing hot spots to get you started. Obtain
more details at www.oregonstateparks.org.
Haldeman Pond, Sauvie Island
Trout, crappie, bass, catfish
Lewis & Clark State Park
1 Jordan Road, Troutdale, OR 97060
Cycling Portland www.cyclingportland.com
Portland Velo Cycling Club www.portlandvelo.net
Bike Portland www.bikeportland.org
Cycle Portland Bike Tours www.portlandbicycletours.com
Community Cycling Center www.communitycyclingcenter.org