HIGH CITY HIKES | It’s 4:20 in Portland. Time to stretch those legs

Sam Laird
Apr 17, 2019

Editor’s note: One of the best things about being a cannabis consumer: happy hour is hiking hour! If you’re in one of the great walking cities where we deliver this 4/20, prepare to spend a perfect evening of on-foot urban exploring: Eaze wants you to enjoy the moment and see the sights in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Cruz, and of course our first city outside of California: Portland.

It’s 4:20 in Portland.

Oregon just might have more cannabis cred than any other American state—and Portland fits right into this green, groovy picture. With its surfeit of vegetation, the winding Willamette River and endless funky corners waiting to be discovered, what’s not to love?

Indeed, the Rose City is the ultimate setting for some cannabis-aided urban ambulating. Here’s one of our favorite routes to walk.

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First things first: Eaze will deliver one of our favorite cannabis brands almost anywhere in greater Portland. Then head for the Hawthorne Bridge to get started!

Start at the Hawthorne Bridge. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the lift span being raised so river vessels can pass below. After you’ve grokked the bridge, stroll north along the Willamette through Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Be sure to stop for a giggle at kooky Mill Ends Park, which Guinness World Records says is the world’s smallest park. Then continue north until you reach the Steel Bridge, another one of Portland’s iconic, old-school overpasses. Cross over using its lower-deck pedestrian path.

The bridges of Portland [photo by Josh Dickey]

Now you’re on the beautiful Eastbank Esplanade.

As you head south along the Willamette, savor gorgeous views of the river and Portland’s skyline. Especially cool is the esplanade’s “floating walkway,” which spans 1,200 feet. After you complete the floating walkway, double back a bit to cross the Willamette again, this time using the Burnside Bridge.

The Burnside Bridge is a straight shot into Portland’s Pearl District, which is home to delights of all types. Pop into the legendary Powell’s City of Books to do some browsing. Grab a beer from one of the several Oregon brewers that operate tap houses in the neighborhood. See if Voodoo Doughnut meets the hype.

Inside Voodoo Donut [photo by Josh Dickey]
Inside Voodoo Donut [photo by Josh Dickey]
Finally, end your perfect Portland jaunt with some food. Tilt offers a deep menu of dank burgers, or you can opt for more worldly fare at the Mediterranean Exploration Company. But perhaps it’s best just to see what you feel like; the Pearl District boasts options ranging from Thai to pizza, and from sit-down to grab-and-go.

The bare-bones version of this route is not quite four miles long and takes just under an hour and a half to complete. But that’s just the simple version — the weirder you get with it, the more you’ll enjoy the moment.

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