Plus: High-flying fun at the Oregon International Air Show.
 
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🍃 Trace these steps + leave no trace
From quick and easy loops around town to drives that take you to fantastic lakes and mountains, our city has so many options to hit the trail. So lace up your hiking boots, because we’ve compiled a hiking guide for the Portland area with routes and trails to help you plan your next adventure and experience breathtaking views.

Note: While parks and trails may be listed as open, we recommend checking park websites before visiting for further info, current trail conditions, and safest practices for the area.

Portland

A person wearing a coat and beanie walks away from the camera, up a set of steps in a misty evergreen forest.

With a hike as long as the Wildwood Trail, be sure to check for any trail closures and detours before you start.

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Photo by @irenemayphotography

Wildwood Trail | Newberry Road Trailhead, Northwest Newberry Road, Portland
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Elevation gain: 3,360 ft
  • Length: 30.2 miles, one way
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, on leash
The Wildwood Trail is the country’s longest soft-surface hiking trail within city limits. Pack plenty of food and water and set a steady pace of 3 miles per hour to complete the entire trail in a single day and obtain legendary local bragging rights. This route ends near the Washington Park MAX Station.

Warrior Rock Lighthouse Point | 38151 A&B NW Reeder Rd., Portland
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7 miles, out-and-back
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leashed

Columbia River Gorge

A person runs down a dirt path surrounded by yellow and purple wildflowers on a plateau overlooking mountains and a river at sunset.

Wildflower meadows are fragile — please stay on marked paths.

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Photo by @emma.baumert

Tom McCall Point | Rowena Crest Viewpoint, 6500 Historic Columbia River Hwy., Mosier
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 3 miles, out and back
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
You’ll follow an old road to an intersection with another old road, thought to be a wagon route built in the 1870s, to reach this trailhead. Power through about 1,000 ft of elevation to enjoy mountain vistas and dynamic views of the Gorge, plus seasonal wildflower meadows. The trail is open May-October.

Vancouver/Southwest Washington

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The cave was formed nearly 2000 years ago from lava streaming down the southern flank of Mount St. Helens.

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USDA Forest Service photo by Cecilio Ricardo

Ape Cave | Ape Cave Interpretive Site
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 3 miles, out-and-back or loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: Only at the paved parking lot, visitor area facilities, and trail leading to lower cave entrance
  • Pet-friendly: No
 
Asked
 
What is most important to you when choosing a hike?
  • Level of difficulty
  • Time to complete/number of miles
  • Unmatched views
  • How far away it is
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, May 15
  • TravelCon 2024 | Wednesday, May 15-Friday, May 17 | Times vary | Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland | $499+ | Leave behind the 9-to-5 lifestyle and learn how to become a respected (and paid) travel influencer.
  • The Postal Service & Death Cab For Cutie: “Give Up & Transatlanticism” | Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Moda Center, 1 N. Center Court St., Portland | $39-$115 | When you travel to “Such Great Heights,” you’re bound to reach a point where “Soul Meets Body.”
Thursday, May 16
  • Bethany Village Spring Market | Thursday, May 16 | 3-6 p.m. | Bethany Village Centre, 15160 NW Laidlaw Rd., Portland | Free | This annual market brings together small businesses offering a range of goods, from juicy produce and plants to handmade crafts, plus live music.
  • SH/FT: Experimental Fashion Show | Thursday, May 16 | 7-9 p.m. | The Evergreen, 618 SE Alder St., Portland | $5-$20 | Poison Waters hosts this night of design, drag, and desserts in celebration of young artists and Arts for Learning Northwest’s programs.
Friday, May 17
  • Oregon International Air Show at Hillsboro | Friday, May 17-Sunday, May 19 | Times vary | Hillsboro Airport, 3355 NE Cornell Rd., Hillsboro | $0-$250 | Turn your face skyward for jaw-dropping shows by ace pilots, including the USAF F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, The KC-135 Demo Team, and others.
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Seasonal
 
Mark your calendars for summer concerts + delicious dinners at Topaz Farm
a group of people sit on a lawn at a music festival
These events are perfect for creating lasting summer memories. | Photo by Julia Varga
Your summer social calendar just got busier. Portlanders are invited to fun events at Topaz Farm on Sauvie Island, including:
  • Enjoy live music at The Americana Harvest Fest featuring Joy Oladokun, Horse Feathers, Rayland Baxter, The Brothers Comatose, and more.
  • Delight in exquisite five-course meals served under a massive, historic 500-year-old Topaz Farm oak tree during a Farm to Plate dinner.
Secure your spot for a season filled with music, food, community, and joy.
 
News Notes
 
Plan Ahead
  • The Oregon International Air Show takes off this weekend at Hillsboro Airport. See ace pilots fly incredible jets like the F-16 Viper and F/A-18 Super Hornet, as well as homebuilt + aerobatic aircraft. Hooked on “Masters of the Air”? You’ll also see WWII craft like the SBD Dauntless — but no Flying Fortresses.
Transit
  • TriMet ridership is chugging back to pre-pandemic numbers. Since late 2021, the transit agency has been tweaking various services under the “Forward Together” initiative to better meet the needs of community members. For example, TriMet reported a 12.5% increase in bus ridership after adjusting 26 of its 76 bus lines. (KOIN)
Health
  • No one wants to see the inside of an emergency room, especially not one that’s overcrowded. The Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers are set to receive $177 million in ER upgrades as part of the “Tomorrow Starts Today” campaign, increasing capacity, improving workflow, and enhancing cardiac care services. (Portland Business Journal)
Edu
  • Willamette University is expanding into the Pearl District’s Ecotrust building. The Salem-based private university expects to have the newly leased, 9,100-sqft space ready for Portland-based students in its MBA, data science, and computer science programs — as well as some Pacific Northwest College of Arts classes — by August. (Portland Business Journal)
Concert
  • Childish Gambino is going on tour for the first time in five years. The rapper, whose real name is Donald Glover, will make 33 stops on “The New World Tour,” including Portland on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. (KGW)
Ranked
  • Portland is No. 7 in Biz2Credit’s report ranking “the top cities for small businesses.” Annual revenue, credit scores, and business ages all factored into the report, which ranked San Jose at the top. Portland was also one of the top 10 cities with the highest concentrations of startups. (Biz2Credit + Portland Business Journal)
Sports
  • “In today’s showww” Mike Richman shares news and notes from Day 1 of the NBA Draft Combine, focusing on key wing talent who may or may not be available for the Trail Blazers to pick when the time comes. Listen to the Locked On Blazers daily podcast.
Wellness
  • Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all practice. The Couples Clinic of Portland’s team supports couples, individuals, teens, and families through in-person or online sessions. Find out more by exploring their bios or emailing them so they can help you find a good fit.*
Home
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Shop
  • Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies are available in two strengths and made with high-quality USDA organic CBD extract. Get 30% off with code CBDSLEEP30.*
 
 
Try This
 
🪩 Disco balls + saltwater creatures
A person kneels in front of a large art installation in the shape of a giant anglerfish with an open mouth and illuminated sword-like teeth.
General admission tickets to “Fathom” are $20. | Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday
An immersive, under-the-sea-themed art exhibit is catching its second wave in downtown Portland.

Local art collective Roboto Octopodo’s first “Fathom” installation made a splash at the Portland Winter Light Festival in February. The all-ages experience returns to Southwest Fourth Avenue and Alder Street starting this Friday, May 17 — and promises to be bigger and better than before.

Visitors enter the space (a former CVS Pharmacy) and wander through a colorful, underwater world brought to life by 100+ artists. The exhibit’s three-dimensional installations range in mediums and are meant to inspire play and wonder for adults and kids alike. Returning guests will find familiar favorites like a whale animatronic, an iridescent clam bed, and a tunnel in the shape of a giant angler fish — plus all the fabulous trappings from February (think: disco balls and faux fur trim).

“Fathom” won’t dry up anytime soon. The exhibit will stay open through October and organizers hope to reel in investors to help support the concept’s expansion and diversification.
 
The Buy
 
Graduation gifts. Celebrate the end of the school year with graduation gifts for the recent grad in your life.
 
Answered
 
What 2024 James Beard Award-recognized eatery do you want to dine at most?
Diners sit in pale wood chairs at round tables in a warm dining room with soft natural light and a gold foil ceiling.

Eating in kann’s dining room is almost like a rite of passage in Portland.

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Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday

  • 37.3% of readers said kann
  • 25.4% said JinJu Patisserie
  • 20.3% said Lovely’s Fifty Fifty
  • 16.9% said Langbaan (reserve a table)
 
 
The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Planning a trip is part of what I love about traveling — the anticipation builds and builds until it’s finally time to go. I’m always on the hunt for ways to make travel more comfortable and since I’ll be hopping on a few planes this summer, I’ve got my eye on more than one item from this list. Oh, and if you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend packing cubes like these.
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