Portland May 22, 2017
10 Picnic Perfect Portland Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete
A picnic and hike go hand in hand, especially as the weather warms and we yearn to soak up some of the sun’s rays and spend as much time outside as possible on nice days. Head to one of these local locations to enjoy a lovely hike and picnic at some of the city’s most picturesque locations.
1. International Rose Test Garden
Take a short trek around Washington Park, ending in one of the most beautiful places in the city. Bring a blanket and sit for awhile on the grass and enjoy the fragrant scenery.
2. Laurelhurst Park
Stroll the paved and unpaved trails at Laurelhurst Park and then have a picnic near the pond for a low impact and lovely afternoon.
3. Washington Park
If it's the weekend and the Rose Garden is too crowded, take a hike around the park and find a quiet spot. There is plenty of nice open grass here that makes a great picnic spot.
4. Hoyt Arboretum
Rolling hills are inviting at this tree-filled wonderland. Whether spring, summer or fall, the arboretum is a great place for a stroll and picnic under the canopy.
5. Peninsula Park
Walk the perimeter of the park on a walking trail before finding a nice secluded spot in the quiet rose garden to dine.
6. Mt. Tabor
On the east side, Mt Tabor is the place to go. Hike one of the three wooded trails and picnic at the top of the park amongst trees of epic size.
7. Westmoreland Park
Stroll around the pond on both paved and unpaved trails before heading to one of many picnic tables, or simply dine along stream for a lovely natural picnic.
8. Rocky Butte
There is not much of a hike here, but you can either circle the butte on the road or even hike up alongside the road to add a bit more activity to your picnic. Once you are on top, there are few places in the city that offer the views and peace as Rocky Butte does for a picnic.
9. Pittock Mansion
Start at the Lower Macleay Park Trail and connect with the Wildwood Trail to the mansion. Once there, skip the admission fee and instead picnic on the surrounding grounds, and enjoy the best part about the mansion: the view.
10. Sellwood Park
Ample grassy areas and quiet paths make this a top-notch picnic park. Enjoy river views and a little bit of peace and quiet close to downtown.
What is your favorite place for a hike and picnic in the city? Let us know in the comments below.