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.
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
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
Another popular recreation activity in Portland is stand-up paddle boarding. For the
uninitiated, this sport originated in Hawaii
as an offshoot of surfing, but differs in that
the paddle boarder retains a standing position throughout (unlike surfers who lay
down until a wave comes) and use a paddle
to navigate the waters.
Resources for stand-up paddle boarding in
the Portland area include:
Portland Oregon SUP Paddle Boarding
A companion sport to surfing and sailing,
and recognized as an Olympic sport in 1984,
windsurfing is a thrill seekers’ paradise and
one activity where hydroplaning is actually
encouraged. Mention windsurfing to any
Oregonian and one name will come up
again and again: Hood River. Situated in
the heart of the Columbia River Gorge at
the confluence of the Hood and Columbia
Rivers, this “Windsurfing Capital of the
World”, is every water sportsman’s Eden.
Hood River Waterplay
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