Hike # 27: Thanksgiving Scone Walk

Our annual Thanksgiving Day hike around the Hillsdale Neighborhood has always included homemade Scones, and this year is no different!  Read on to learn more:  









Name:  Thanksgiving Scone Walk
Neighborhood: Hillsdale
Distance: 2.21 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Change:  149 ft
Start/End Location: Hillsdale Food Carts
Map Links: Mobile*  Browser

This scenic hike is in the Hillsdale neighborhood where you will enjoy quiet side streets and parts of George Himes Park. It allows walkers to keep a suitable distance from others. Please be courteous and safe while in Himes Park as you will be on a forested trail.  We wish to extend our gratitude for their continued generosity.

For 25+ years Hillsdale has been sharing this tradition of enjoying our community and visiting friends at the start of Thanksgiving Day festivities. In the mid-1990’s, an ad-hoc group of residents know as the Hillsdale Vision Group initiated the concept with a walk from the same starting point to the Willamette River, and return. That group motivated Portland to commence the Hillsdale Town Center Plan and led to creation of the Hillsdale Neighborhood from the existing neighborhoods. Don Baack has been the route guru for each of these walks. At the first walk the Bridgers served scones and coffee on the riverfront then, and the tradition has continued except when severe weather intervened.  The tradition continues as we thank SWTrails Board Member Glen Bridger and his wife Karen for graciously baking goods for this annual tradition.

The trail’s beginning is marked at the Hillsdale Food Carts, but you can jump in at any point along the way as it is a loop and you will end back where you began.

This stroll will begin heading across Capitol Highway along Sunset Boulevard to the public library at the corner of Dewitt, where you will turn right.  At the end of Dewitt, turn left on Cheltenham Street, following the street as it twists and bends, arriving at Terwilliger.  Cross Terwilliger to the walking path, turn right/south following on to Capitol Highway. Cross BOTH streets so you can take the narrow path along the west side of Terwilliger to the first intersection, Vincent Place. Follow west to the end of the cul-de-sac where you will find the Scone Station, in the open rear end of an SUV. NOTE: for arrival at the Thanksgiving Day Scone Station, shacks will be available from 9:30 to 11 AM only (the location of the scone station is marked by an orange star on the map). Enjoy, and continue your walk by returning to the traffic signal and crosswalk at Capitol Highway, crossing Terwilliger and proceeding south along the paved path.

Proceed south on Terwilliger for approximately 600 feet, coming to an open area where you can select from two alternatives. We recommend you take the path into the woods running parallel to Terwilliger, where you can enjoy the glory of George Himes Park; it will come out at Nebraska near the picnic tables. Alternatively, you can remain on the paved path and proceed to Chestnut Street and cross with care, following Chestnut to Burlingame Avenue. Heading right/north take Burlingame Avenue until you reach the access to the Wilson Parking lot, and then back to the where you began.

*To follow this route, use the Explorer for ArcGIS App to follow along. Simply Download the Explorer for ArcGIS app and click here on any mobile device. The route is highlighted on an interactive map, to make it easy for you to follow along.

Happy Trails,


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