So many apps out there seem to fall into one of two camps—incredibly useful or completely useless. To that end, we checked out some of the handiest apps for Portland parents and have located 11 we think are the best. Whether you’re hopping on TriMet or heading to one of the Multnomah County Libraries, saving money with the Chinook Book or looking for the restroom inside Powell’s, take a quick minute to download these essential apps that will make life as a parent a little less busy and a lot more fun.

Take a Hike

Choose Forest Park as your destination and you'll have this handy app to guide you. Find maps with trails marked, plan your loop by distance and elevation gain and access history and other facts about the park as you go along.

Available for iPhone at forestparkpdxapp.info for $3.99.

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What are your favorite apps as a Portland parent? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Suzie Ridgway