Mount Tabor Spiral Loop
Posted by Josh Baker
Surely one of the few extinct volcanoes inside any major city, Mount Tabor is a popular spot to get outside on Portland’s east side. Roads, trails, and reservoirs dot the landscape, and the top is almost 500 feet and change higher than downtown, so there are views in spots.
Denise, Jackie Chan and I headed there for a Saturday walk. We needed to get some exercise, and the weather is supposed to get a lot worse in the next couple days, so we’re taking advantage of the last semi-balmy weather.
We got some exercise, and Jackie met lots of other dogs. Quite a few people were walking and jogging the trails, and while there is no getting away from the presence of neighborhoods and cars, Mount Tabor is definitely a green oasis in the heart of Southeast Portland.
Our path had us spiral around the base of the butte like formation, above two reservoirs and along side another one, then start to climb. There are lots of navigational options between pavement and dirt track. Our upper section was relatively tough.
Okay, there really isn’t much of a summit. There’s a broad flattish area ringed by a road, but I’m not sure you can drive all the way up there anymore. Nice Doug Firs dot the area, but you can also get views in spots. We sat on a park bench and enjoyed such a views before descending toward the volcano crater. There’s a basketball court there now.
Mount Tabor is an underrated gem, far smaller than Forest Park, and not quiet as lovely as the Arboretum, but it’s still pretty great, and it is right in the city. You can even break a sweat if you try.
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Posted on November 30, 2013, in General Hiking, Navigation, Outdoors, Urban Hiking and tagged Easy Portland hikes, Hikes near Portland, Mount Tabor, Mount Tabor hikes, Northwest Oregon hikes. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.