Mount Tabor Park - TRAIL

Mount Tabor Park - Trail, Portland, Oregon

The park is on a dormant volcano, but don't let that scare you. Short and easy, really only challenging for beginners and intermediates, but still a nice change if you want to avoid the crowds in Forest Park. Some good single track trails on the northwest side of the park, good place to practice without much risk. Also, the trails all lead to the bottom, where you can either head back uphill on the pavement or a different trail. Easy to do six to ten loops of the park in an hour and still get back in time for dinner. Watch out for the fenced off area - dog poop abounds.

User Reviews (9)

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meng   Weekend Warrior [Oct 30, 2004]

I think most of the reviews are giving Tabor a bad rap. If you do explore and keep your ojos peeled you will find stuff that is totally fun. I look at it as a good place to practice and get a little workout in during the week. Some of the best looking stuff is blocked off. I am guessing because of wear and tear. However, there are some fun, short, steep little drops. There are some steep climbs as well. The rock laden whoopty trail, that was mentioned in one of the reviews, is tough to ride up when the rocks are wet...you have to weave in and around looking for a line, as well as keep your ass planted, otherwise you will just spin out. It's tougher than it looks. Also, ride up the hill right behind the hoop courts.....roll along the chainlink fence and drop in on the other side.....tight, somewhat steep with the demand for an immediate turn either left or right at the bottom. Another cool little tech drop. On muddy days, you pretty much skid down. Also, if anyone can climb that hill that leads right up to the water fountain at the top, I'll be impressed. Tough as hell not to spin out. It's steep enough to where you pretty much have to stand but you need to position your body as if you are sitting so it's unorthodox and tiring to do. Worth checking out. I dont know...I dig it quite a bit and I have ridden plenty of "legit" spots (for lack of a better word), downhill at ski resorts, x country.....whatever.

Customer Service

Your imagination...you can make it more fun if your mind is open.

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4
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meng   Weekend Warrior [Oct 30, 2004]

I think most of the reviews are giving Tabor a bad rap. If you do explore and keep your ojos peeled you will find stuff that is totally fun. I look at it as a good place to practice and get a little workout in during the week. Some of the best looking stuff is blocked off. I am guessing because of wear and tear. However, there are some fun, short, steep little drops. There are some steep climbs as well. The rock laden whoopty trail is tought to ride up when the rocks are wet...you have to weave in and around looking for a line, as well as keep your ass planted, otherwise you will just spin out. It's tougher than it looks. Also, ride up the hill right behind the hoop courts.....roll along the chainlink fence and drop in on the other side.....tight, somewhat steep with the demand for an immediate turn either left or right at the bottom. Another cool little tech drop. On muddy days, you pretty much skid down. Also, if anyone can climb that hill that leads right up to the water fountain at the top, I'll be impressed. Tough as hell not to spin out. It's steep enough to where you pretty much have to stand but you need to position your body as if you are sitting so it's unorthodox and tiring to do. Worth checking out. I dont know...I dig it quite a bit and I have ridden plenty of "legit" spots (for lack of a better word), downhill at ski resorts, x country.....whatever.

Customer Service

Your imagination...you can make it more fun if your mind is open.

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4
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4
Lindsay   [Apr 29, 1999]

Great for beginners - enough trails to keep you busy for an afternoon. Stays relatively uncrowded bikewise, but lots of people walking or running with dogs. All the trails end up on the same paved road that takes you back to the top (or you can take the direct route).

Customer Service

In the middle of southeast Portland, try taking Division if you're coming from the river (Willamette).

Similar Products Used: Forest Park - avoid on Wednesdays and weekends!
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Ashley   [May 19, 1999]

This is a fun little ride if you are just tooling around the neighborhood. I used to live near by and rode to the park at least twice a week for a quick ride when I was short on time. If you make this park fun and go all out, then you will enjoy it. The best part of the trail is the quick little rollercoaster descent from the top of the park. Go as fast as you can but watch out for where the trails cross.

Customer Service

Start at the singletrack at the west entrance to the park.

Similar Products Used: Forest Park. Lots to explore and easy to access.
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Tim Dierauf [OldSchool]   [Dec 09, 1999]

I spin out and up Mt. Tabor a number of times each weak. It's a short ride from my house (my busy work week break). There are many ways up and down the hill, and you can find what you want. There is is a leg burner/lung buster trail that goes straight up on the south side. I use this for interval training to keep me in shape for the climbs north of German Town (Forest Park). For the trials types, go for the stairs, rails, tables, whoop-de-do lawns/ramps, etc. on your way down. Some days, I pull my son up on his Ally Cat. I give it 4 stars because it's almost in my backyard. I'd give it 2 stars if I had to drive there for a ride. Thus, I'll settle on a rating of 3 treads.

Be warned! There are many hikers and dogs about. Keep your speed in check. If you hit somebody, you'll f*&k it all up.

Customer Service

Many to choose from (see below).

Similar Products Used: North of Germantown [Forest Park]
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bill   [Jul 18, 2000]

One of the best features to Mt Tabor is the rather large whoop-de-do found on the northern flank. From the top, ride down the trail that feeds off the stairs, not the always closed restroom. When you get to the road, go left. within twenty yards or so there will be another trail that drops directly down to your right. This is the whoop-de-do. Think not of your breaks but of the phat air that you will get on the up side. From this point you can follow any one of the trails out of the park.

Customer Service

start from the west to find good trails to climb on or from the south and travel the road. Take your pick on your way down.

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Wade   [May 01, 2002]

I am very lucky because I am one of the few who live only 2 minutes away by bike to the base of Mt. Tabor. This allows me to go far more frequently than I would advise anyone else to do.The only reason for this is I just don't think it would be nearly as much fun if you had to drive there or travel any real distance on your bike. Sure it is plenty of fun.There is a giant paved road that you can ride all the way to the top. Once there, you are atop a beautiful scenic loop at which you can see excellent views of Downtown Portland,Greasham, Mt. Hood,and on a nice clear day you will even get a fair peek at Mt. St. Helens. The downside to such splendor you ask? Well, you better soak up the view quick, because 9 months out of the year, the water reservoirs attract such an insane amount of mesquittos, You will be miserable in a matter of MOMENTS. In fact, it is so bad, nevermind the view. Don't even get off your bike. You will thank me later. As you approach the south side of the summit loop, you can take either of the dirt paths on the right of the statue, or go parallel to the stairway directly in front,and you see where the fun begins.This is the spooky fast downhill that makes it all worth while.Though short and sweet, it is OH SO SWEET.You can easily do this lap dozens of times in a day. Mt. Tabor is a well manicured park in the center of South East Portland. The good part is, if you eat s#!t on the trail, (at a decent hour) There will always be a dog walker or a jogger just a stones throw away to hear you screaming for help.At the same time, the bad part is there will always be a dog walker or a jogger just a stones throw away.........so be careful. This is probably the most crowded place I have ever rode my bike at speeds approaching "creepy dangerous".The more people walking the trails,the more dangerous it gets for all.On a warm summer day, you might want to avoid the crowds and just do some singletrack in the food court at the mall !!!!YES, IT IS THAT BAD AT TIMES!!So, as I stated earlier. This is a good place to go if you will have no trouble getting here. If it will take you 15 minutes to drive here, please let me suggest the trails at Larch mountain. It would only be an extra 15-20 minutes, but MUCH more rewarding. Eveeryone else, within riding distance, I would like to invite you to a LOCAL FUN PARK!!!The closer you are, the better it is !!! I will give Mt. Tabor an overall rating of 2. It would be a 3 or 4 if it wasn't so crowded,(but what can be expected in the center of a city?!?!)It also could have swung down so low as a 1 rating. But its accessability and multiple trail options saved its skin.

Customer Service

From Division, I would suggest turning north on 60th until you hit your first traffic light. Go right at the light. (that goes without saying once you get there... you can see the mountain !!!) Drive up into the belly of the beast.(there is parking all throughout)

Similar Products Used: The Larch mountain trails are great. Someone also carved out some pretty impressive trails above Rhododendron.(I guess that isn't too close)
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george   [May 12, 2002]

tight little turns many turn off 's must explore more.watch out for the weekenders ,lots of fun ,if it was'nt for the hills, i would say beginner. if you got some time to kill and don't have a clue where to ride, try this one, diffently not no single track or techinical stuff, maybe on the wet day with a broken hand , you'll diffently wont need an extra inner tube.

Customer Service

rode up linclon ave.

Similar Products Used: none
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AB   [May 13, 2003]

trails are ok if you live near by. i got bored and decided to make the jaunt down from the couv and i can't say i'll be back. every time i came along a person walking their dog or walking, they gave me dirty looks. maybe i had a booger hanging out of my nose or something. i was just there to check the place out, not to bomb down the hills. oh, well.

Customer Service

find the park on a map or portland and follow it.

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