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Take it step by step
A set of concrete stairs in a neighborhood with flowering trees.
You’ll find many stairways on dead-end streets near Wallace Park in Northwest Portland. | Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday
We PDXtoday editors love long hikes full of wildlife watching, heart-pumping exercise, gorgeous views — and maybe a waterfall or two for good measure. But we also know how difficult it can be to set aside the time and energy to make one happen, not to mention the anticlimactic feeling of finding 100 other cars parked at a trailhead when you arrive.

Enter: Portland’s “hidden” stair walks.

While not on quite the same level as San Francisco when it comes to hilly terrain, Portland is by no means a flat city. Natural inclines characterize its layout, from the West Hills which stand as a gateway to the Oregon Coast Range to the four extinct volcanoes in East Portland. Roads switchback their way up and down — but public stairs offer more direct routes between neighborhood streets… if you’re willing to rely on your own two feet.

Dozens of these stairways exist in Portland. (There’s even a book devoted to 142 of them.) Here are a few to explore.

Alameda Ridge and Stairs

Route type: loop
Distance: 4.4 miles
Starting point: Northeast 50th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard
Map: available

Climb or descend six different sets of stairs on this walk that winds through the Alameda neighborhood, offering lovely city and residential views, including a 1927 mansion built by lumber baron Thomas Autzen.

A long and wide set of concrete steps with metal handrails lead up a forested hillside.

The stairs at Mt. Tabor Park are ready for your best Rocky Balboa impression.

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Photo by Cambrie Juarez, PDXtoday

Mt. Tabor Park

Route type: out-and-back
Distance: 0.2 miles
Starting point: Southeast 69th Avenue and Park Drive
Map: available

Take the shortest route to the top of this extinct volcanic cinder cone by climbing two wide sets of stairs with a combined 413 steps between them. A few more small staircases are waiting for you near the top.
 
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Events
 
Thursday, June 6
  • Fleet Week | Thursday, June 6-Sunday, June 9 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland | Free | US Navy ships have visited Portland’s waterfront since 1907, giving Rose Festival goers the chance to tour military vessels and meet service members.
  • Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started Tour | Thursday, June 6-Friday, June 7 | 7 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | $39.75-$109.75 | Relatability is this stand-up comedian’s forte, whether she’s dishing about the not-so-glamorous side of raising kids or oversharing the dirty details of suburban life.
  • PSU Wind Symphony Presents: “Renewal” | Thursday, June 6 | 7-9 p.m. | Lincoln Performance Hall (LH 175), 1620 SW Park Ave., Portland | $7-$10 | Hear student instrumentalists perform Viet Cuong’s percussion quartet alongside the Cleveland High School Wind Ensemble.
Friday, June 7
  • The Great Portland Flower Hunt | Friday, June 7 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Locations vary, Portland | Free | Local artist Mike Bennett will hide 100+ flower and plant cutouts across downtown Portland, Old Town, and the Central Eastside — finders keepers.
  • Comedy in the Park | Friday, June 7-Friday, Sept. 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Laurelhurst Park, Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard + Stark Street, Portland | Free | Lay out a blanket and get comfortable as local and national comics crack their best jokes; content can be R-rated, so parent discretion is advised.
  • First Friday PDX | Friday, June 7 | Times vary | Locations vary, Portland | Free | Take a self-guided tour of 23+ independent galleries, shops, and studios — plus a street exhibition on dates through October — in East Portland.
Saturday, June 8
  • Grand Floral Parade | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Locations vary, Portland | Free+ | Arrive early for the (ticketed) pre-parade show at Memorial Coliseum, or stake out along the main route to enjoy the Rose Festival’s time-honored signature event.
  • My People’s Market | Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 9 | 12-6 p.m. | The Redd on Salmon Street, 831 SE Salmon St., Portland | Free | Enjoy family-friendly activities, cultural performances, food, and shopping from dozens of vendors at this event designed to “create pathways for entrepreneurs of color.”
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Matching ‘fits for Father’s Day (plus 30% off)
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Match your mini-me this Father’s Day. | Photos provided by Harlestons
Parents, is there anything cuter than matching your mini?

Harlestons is now offering matching polos and swimwear for dads and sons to share the same swag — just in time for Father’s Day. (Nope, it’s not too late to order his gift.)

Bonus: All swimmen and youth — is 30% off.

Shop the sets. What better way to celebrate than twinning?
 
News Notes
 
Cause
  • From now through Tuesday, July 2, you can help feed local kids in need by purchasing a “hunger bag” ($5 or $10) at checkout when you shop at Safeway and Albertsons. The Bag Summer Hunger food drive provides families with items like protein, pasta, peanut butter, beans, and vegetables. (KGW)
Real Estate
  • The Trail Blazers bought a property neighboring their training facility in Tualatin earlier this year for $4.6 million, calling the purchase “a great opportunity to secure more land near our current facilities for future flexibility.” Expanded practice facilities could make the Blazers more attractive to free agents — or the WNBA. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Opening
  • Tomorrow, June 7, is a good day for cookie monsters: Nate’s Oatmeal Cookies opens its first brick-and-mortar location at 3308 SE Belmont St. You’ll find gluten-free and vegan options and flavors you may be familiar with from Nate’s forays at local farmers markets. We have @sloppyjoepdx to thank for this sweet news.
Environment
  • In what’s thought to be a first among North American gas utilities, Portland-based Northwest Natural is testing a new technology that cuts carbon emissions with the help of Seattle’s Modern Hydrogen. The process — known as methane pyrolysis — breaks apart carbon and hydrogen, creating “turquoise hydrogen” which burns cleanly. (KGW + Third Derivative)
Outdoors
  • More trails and park amenities may be coming to Kelly Butte Natural Area. Portland Parks & Recreation said a project to improve the 23-acre space in Southeast Portland received additional funding, putting the entire budget at $2.56 million. Work is expected to start within the next few months. (Portland Business Journal)
Plan Ahead
  • Explore gardens and get inspired by their creative, environmentally friendly features on the Natural Garden Tour. The self-guided tour takes place Sunday, June 23, and includes nine locations across Clark County, each demonstrating different sustainable techniques, including the 78th Street Heritage Farm. Learn more and download a tour map.
Sports
  • Seven players are currently committed to Oregon in the 2025 recruiting cycle. How many will Dan Lanning and co. land by the end of June? Locked On Ducks host Spencer McLaughlin and recruiting insider Brian Smith talk about what Duck fans can expect in the coming weeks.
Drink Up
  • Own a local beverage business? Offer a drink deal to our readers during Drink Up Week from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. Whether it’s BOGO smoothies or 20% off wine bottles, drop your deal into this form by Friday, June 28 and let’s get this party poppin’.
Wellness
  • Did you know? Active Path Mental Health’s Heather Mangold, LPC, is now accepting new patients. With more than a decade of experience, she focuses on providing cognitive behavioral therapy for those suffering from depression + anxiety. Prospective patients can set up a free 15-minute consultation if they’re interested in working with her.*
Number
  • 27,000: That’s the number of trees that are cut down each day to make toilet paper. This luxury three-ply bamboo toilet paper is changing that. It feels just like regular high-end TP, but doesn’t harm trees. Use code 6AM30 for 30% off through midnight. Learn more + shop.*
Home
  • Did you know you can bring all your debt under one roof by borrowing from your home to pay off high-interest loans, bills, and credit cards? Calculate your payment.*
 
 
Festival
 
🥂 Raise a glass
A person tips a wine bottle with a white label and a heart emblem into a glass held by someone else as other people watch. A rainbow Pride flag is behind them.
“We’re excited to celebrate a wider community of queer makers and the spectrum of LGBTQI2S+ creativity this year,” said Remy Drabkin. | Photo by Aly M. Winstead
Remy Wines will pop the cork on its third annual Queer Wine Fest later this month in the Willamette Valley.

Live music, local cuisine, and 30+ red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines from 15 wineries with LGBTQ+ leadership will punctuate the outdoor festival on Sunday, June 30. Among the winery line-up are Augustina Cellars, Sunset Cellars, and Vino di Famiglia, to name a few. Food will be provided by Renegade Mobile Kitchen, the team behind the Blind Pig restaurant in Carlton.

Salt n’ Straw will also join the fun this year, along with a live visual art and artist showcase featuring an appearance by queer artist Victoria Bradley. CAMP CRUSH, a Portland-based pop duo, will headline the stage show. Tickets are $105.

“Guests can expect every aspect of the event to reflect queer culture,” said Remy Drabkin, Remy Wines owner/winemaker and Queer Wine Fest founder. “I mean, what’s gayer than a queer art and wine party?”
 
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The Wrap
 
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From the editor
Picking fresh strawberries (and eating as many as I can without suffering... ahem... adverse reactions) is one of my favorite things about June. Find a u-pick berry farm near you to take advantage of seasonal, juicy-sweet treasures.
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