Go “Wild” in Portland

Lace up your hiking boots and track the best-selling memoir’s trail through Portland.

Wild by Cheryl StrayedGet Wild at Powell's City of Books.

Readers worldwide have fallen for Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Portlander Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir reached the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club reboot. The story’s film adaptation, released in December 2015, earned critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for star Reese Witherspoon. Create your own wild adventure with these Portland-area activities.

Danner's Mountain Light Cascade boot.

Danner’s Mountain Light Cascade boot.

Buy the boots

Strayed’s well-worn hiking boots are a major plot point­ in Wild — they even grace the book’s front cover. Fans can buy their own retro, red-laced boots at REI, where the author bought (and famously returned) her own shoes 20 years ago. Made in Portland by iconic heritage brand Danner, these boots, which Witherspoon dons in the film, are definitely keepers. Each pair also includes a Mount Hood-themed sew-on patch to decorate your trekking gear. (The boots are also available online.)

Hit the trail

Sure, you could attempt the entire 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail like Cheryl Strayed — but Portland offers a handy shortcut. Many of the trail’s best Oregon sections are just a short drive from town, including Mount Hood and the historic Timberline Lodge, the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Locks, where the Bridge of the Gods provides an emotional ending to Strayed’s journey.

Read the book

Whether you’re seeking a brand new hardcover, well-loved paperback, rare edition, audiobook or a stack of copies for your entire book club, Powell’s City of Books will provide. Portland’s landmark new and used bookstore offers hundreds of copies from first editions to vintage trade paper and everything in between. While you’re browsing, stock up on hiking handbooks, Oregon guidebooks and other useful tomes.

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