In the City
Portlanders love any excuse to be outside, even when they’re sticking close to home.
- Chinese Garden
- International Rose Test Garden
- Japanese Garden
- Oregon Zoo
- Portland Parks
- Portland Rose Festival
- Tryon Creek State Park (located right next to Lewis & Clark)
In the Region
- Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest (including Mount St. Helens)
Mount Hood National Forest
- Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (on the Oregon coast)
In the Snow
Ski or snowboard? Mount Hood is just an hour away from Portland. Among the ski areas on the mountain, Timberline has the longest ski season in America—and Ski Bowl is the largest night skiing venue in the country. For information on all the major ski areas in Oregon, visit Oregon Skiing.
Lewis & Clark’s College Outdoors provides access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest and beyond through organized activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking. Everyone can take part, from neophyte to seasoned veteran. Participants find themselves in the mountains, on the river, in the desert, at the coast…and, during extended breaks, on adventures in Utah, Arizona, California, and elsewhere. Trips promise friendly people, clean (and occasionally moist) air, and fantastic scenery.
Trips are open to Lewis & Clark students of all three schools, faculty, and staff. College Outdoors personnel arrange for food packouts, transportation, organization, group equipment, and personal equipment such as wetsuits, rain gear, and backpacks.