Mt. Tabor is volcanic cinder cone turned into a beautiful city park in the Southeast neighborhood of Portland, also named Mt. Tabor. Miles of beautiful wooded walking trails, playground, an amphitheater, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. Picnic areas, scenic vistas and wedding venue. Also home to four open water reservoirs that supply the drinking water for the city.
Mt Tabor is very walkable on many different levels. If you prefer the stability of a paved road, enjoy a winding loop up to the top of the cinder cone. Feeling a little more sure footed and want to embed yourself in the beautiful wooded surroundings, veer off the road on to a plethora of dirt and mulched paths that meander through the trees. If you’re a cyclist you’ll love the challenge of the steady uphill climb, if you’re a longboarder you’ll love the thrilled of careening down the the spiraling road to the bottom.
The park is accessible to cars, in case you’d like to take in the views but not work up a sweat. A very cool fact, every Wednesday the park is closed to car traffic. Making Wednesdays a bustling day for bikes, longboarders, joggers, and strollers. In the summer the amphitheater boasts concerts, plays and unique demonstrations. Late summer is also the time of year Mt. Tabor hosts the adult soapbox derby. Teams of eccentric and fun loving adults build elaborate and creative soapbox cars that race down the winding road, hoping to have the fastest time to snag the bragging rights of being King of the Hill and winner of the Adult Soapbox Derby.
Not into building your ride, the Adult Soapbox Derby is a great event to bring the family to and watch those who have. Bring a blanket, snacks and even some libations, grab an open patch of grass that borders the road for your front row seat at the races.
Mt Tabor truly is a gem in Southeast Portland. Take a walk to the top, challenge yourself to a jog up the seemingly never-ending stairs ( accessible from SE 69th Ave) or drive up and picnic and play with your kids for the afternoon. How ever you make it to the top be sure to pause for a few moments and grab a seat on one of the park benches, take in the city views and the majestic vistas.
Mt Tabor SE 60th and Salmon