Kerns and Laurelhurst Park

Portland, Oregon

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There are enough entertaining diversions on this walk that you may well never return from it. The route starts and stops at one of Portland’s finest green spaces, the beautifully landscaped Laurelhurst Park. Surrounding the park are block after block of sturdy, dignified old houses on gently curving, tree-lined streets. From here we’ll make a vaguely triangular path that swings through the Kerns neighborhood’s miniature Restaurant Row, along 28th Avenue, then down along a relatively unglamorous stretch of lower Sandy Boulevard that is home to a couple of storied, scruffy, well-loved dive bars. (Sensitive readers should note that there may be a small detour into nostalgia when we get to this part.) The third side of our lopsided triangle will be formed by East Burnside Street, one of the city’s main east–west arteries and a constantly evolving business corridor, which among many other things is the site of an excellent second-run-movie theater and pub.

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"There are enough entertaining diversions on this walk that you may well never return from it. The route starts and stops at one of Portland’s finest green spaces, the beautifully landscaped Laurelhurst Park. Surrounding the park are block after block of sturdy, dignified old houses on gently curving, tree-lined streets. From here we’ll make a vaguely triangular path that swings through the Kerns neighborhood’s miniature Restaurant Row, along 28th Avenue, then down along a relatively unglamorous stretch of lower Sandy Boulevard that is home to a couple of storied, scruffy, well-loved dive bars. (Sensitive readers should note that there may be a small detour into nostalgia when we get to this part.) The third side of our lopsided triangle will be formed by East Burnside Street, one of the city’s main east–west arteries and a constantly evolving business corridor, which among many other things is the site of an excellent second-run-movie theater and pub."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018