Portland Is a Great Fitness Town, Hipsters and All

They know their coffee, beer, yoga, and outdoor boutiques. We've picked the highlights.

Jun 15, 2016
Outside Magazine

Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park.    Photo: RyanJLane/iStock

Portland boasts a vibrant and well-rounded outdoor scene. Here are some of the best ways to get moving (or get a kale smoothie) in this Oregon hipster mecca. 

Sip a Local Joe

“My favorite coffee shop is inside a motorcycle store called See See Motorcycles. They have Stumptown coffee and the city’s best breakfast sandwich—an egg and red pepper aioli on a sesame bun.” —Dylan Mead, Manager of Circuit Bouldering Gym


Portland Rock Gym

Up to 200 boulder problems and 120 rope routes will keep you fit for a trip to nearby Smith Rock. 

Go Native

Yoga Pearl

Be the stereo­type. After a candlelit vin­yasa class, dig into a cabbage apple kimchi salad at Prasad, which shares the space. 


Base Camp Brewing

​Order a pint of Ultra Gnar Gnar IPA. Food carts sling pulled-pork sandwiches. 


Forest Park Conservancy

Log a 30-miler on the Wildwood Trail in one of the country’s biggest urban forests. Start near the zoo and head north.



Shop for bikes, surfboards, and skis by day; attend movie premieres and art openings by night. 



With four locations around the city, it’s the health foodie’s kale-smoothie spot of choice. 

Gear Up

River City Bicycles

Get your road or mountain bike serviced by longtime pros, or take a free fix-it course.


Sandy Ridge

An hour from town, and just 1,000 feet above sea level, the 17 miles of singletrack are rideable nearly year-round. 

Listen to a Local Pro

“For open-water swimming, Hagg Lake is incredible. And you can bike or run around the shore afterward.” —Eric Lagerstrom, Triathlete

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