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Mount Tabor Park, Portland

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Mount Tabor is an extinct or dormant volcanic vent, the city park on the volcano, and the neighborhood of Southeast Portland that surrounds it, all in Oregon. The name refers to Mount Tabor, Israel, part of Portland's distinct Jewish culture and past. It was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly.Cinder coneThe peak of Mount Tabor is 636ft in elevation; about two-thirds of this is prominence since the surrounding land is about 200ft elevation.Near the peak, where a basketball court and outdoor amphitheater are now situated, part of the cinder cone has been cut away, and the rock is visible to park visitors. The remaining cinders were used to pave the nearby parking lot.The Tabor cinder cone is part of the Boring Lava Field, an extensive network of cinder cones and small shield volcanoes ranging from Boring, Oregon to southwest Washington, and dating to the Plio-Pleistocene era. The lava field has been extinct for over 300,000 years. Three other cinder cones from this field also lie within the city of Portland: Rocky Butte, Powell Butte, and Kelly Butte.
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  • My adult son and I spent several hours hiking the trails in this park. In many areas, it felt like we had left the city behind. A great place to spend a sunny afternoon in Portland!  more »
  • Whenever we visit our Portland friends, we walk up through Mount Tabor Park to take in the wonderful views and enjoy the trails. They've even refurbished the rest rooms! The ranger was so welcoming to...  more »
  • As a former alumni of Warner Pacific College which is nestled quietly on the south end of Mt. Tabor, I made many trips up to the Mount Tabor Park and the surrounding areas. It's a beautiful little oas...  more »

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