Hawthorne Boulevard Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"When Portlanders talk about “Hawthorne,” as in the district, they’re usually thinking of a fairly small section of this major Southeast thoroughfare, from about 30th to 39th Avenues. In these few blocks you’re likely to have to step gingerly over a few neo-hippies and their pets, feeling your way through clouds of patchouli and coming to terms with the idea of Caucasian dreadlocks. There are bead shops, burnouts, and occasional didjeridoos. Perhaps fittingly, the street and district are named for the founder of Oregon’s first mental hospital (see Back Story: Dr. James C. Hawthorne on page 62); the street was once called Asylum Street. But there’s much more to Hawthorne than its popular image. The street bisects Southeast Portland in all its multilayered glory, from the volcano to the river, from artistry to industry, as you’ll quickly discover on this walk. (For more of a workout, try the route in reverse—it’s on a slight but noticeable incline, and you can scamper to the top of Mt. Tabor if you haven’t had enough by the time you reach the end.)"