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Explore Portland: Hiking and Snack Adventures

Nature is calling – and so is that brunch spot. If you’re looking for things to do in Portland this weekend, check out these hiking trails within city limits. Nothing gets your appetite going quite like traipsing around the wilderness, so we have some snack suggestions to follow up that morning full of activity.

Bonus: All of these spots are just steps away from our newest collection of luxury apartment homes, The Carson, located in Slabtown, a newly revived neighborhood in Northwest Portland.  

Forest Park

With over 5,200 acres of land and more than 80 miles of trails, Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. Wander along Wildwood Trail and make your way to Pittock Mansion where you can take in the panoramic views of Portland and the distant Cascade Mountains. Built by successful newspaper publisher Henry Pittock, the mansion is a wealth of history and hidden secrets – the perfect destination nestled among the woodlands. 

+ Breakside Brewery

Follow up your forest frolic with lunch at Breakside Brewery in Slabtown. Just across the street from The Carson, Breakside is the ideal spot to wet your whistle. There are more than 15 handcrafted beers on tap (try Bazooka Face or Tangerine Dream), and if that doesn’t impress you – take a look at the menu. It’s more than your standard pub fare. Indulge in braised boneless short rib or pair your IPA with lamb bolognese. 

Explore Portland: Hiking and Snack Adventures

Washington Park

Washington Park is bursting with activities for the eager explorer. Try your hand at target practice on the archery range, or enjoy the more than 6,000 plant specimens from around the world at the Hoyt Arboretum. The Oregon Zoo is home to rare Condor chicks, and the Portland Japanese Garden is a window to the other side of the world with seasonal activities, performances, and demonstrations.

+ Pine State Biscuits

Do yourself a favor and indulge in the goodness from Pine State Biscuits. Their biscuits can make even the biggest breakfast non-believer an advocate for bacon, egg, and cheese. Now a Portland staple, Pine State Biscuits was actually founded by three transplants from North Carolina. They craved the Southern cooking of their childhood, and so introduced some (really, really, really) amazing biscuits to the people of the Pacific Northwest. 

Explore Portland: Hiking and Snack Adventures

Mount Tabor

If views are what you’re after, take in the scenery atop Portland’s urban volcano – Mount Tabor. Yep, it’s a volcano, though it’s no longer active. Part of the cinder cone (the crater where all the lava comes out) is visible to park visitors, while the rest was cut away and used to pave the nearby parking lot. Mount Tabor has numerous paths and can be climbed from any direction, no matter your skill level.

 + Nineteen27 S’mores

Nothing goes better with a day of outdoor adventures than s’mores. And no one does gourmet campfire treats better than Nineteen27 S’mores. Everything is made from scratch – from the graham crackers to the marshmallows. If you’re not feeling very traditional, they have more than the standard chocolate and marshmallow to offer you. Try mint chocolate, bourbon caramel, or moose tracks – all featuring locally sourced ingredients. 

Explore Portland: Hiking and Snack Adventures