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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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  • August 9, 2017
    We took the kids hiking the other day. It is absolutely beautiful. It is serene and shady and that helps with this summer heat. Seeing all the people walking and some with their dogs is great. The pla...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    Nice climb mid-bike ride. Walk around a bit, enjoy the view of the city on a nice day, enjoy a good drink of water, then ride back down. Rough rode precludes Tour de France speeds.  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    I randomly discovered this park while looking for nature. It is wrapped around a huge centered hill with both dirt and paved trails circling it. I went for a nice hike to enjoy the enormous trees and ...  more »

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