Looking for leprechauns? Where they might be hiding in Portland

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Set down your spoonful of Lucky Charms.

Hypothetically speaking, where could Portlanders really find a leprechaun? In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day March 17, let’s have some fun with Irish folklore and see where we would find the little bearded mischievous men if we could.


Shanghai Tunnels:

Despite Portland’s hipster beard hairstyle trend, blending in might still be hard for the leprechauns. Luckily, there’s an underground tunnel system in Portland — the Shanghai Tunnels. This group of passages running beneath Old Town and Chinatown to the central downtown section of Portland would provide the leprechauns with easy — and private — free reign of the city to avoid being splashed with rain. These tunnels are rumored to be haunted so late-night leprechaun trickery might be pretty entertaining.


Witches Castle:

Located in Forest Park, the abandoned stone structure known as the “Witch’s Castle” would be an enchanting place for a family of leprechauns. Located at the bottom of the canyon and with moss hanging from tree branches and a lovely stream, the private spot is picturesque and creepy.

Find it at the junction of Wildwood Trail and Lower Macleay Park Trail and beware of more than leprechauns. The castle is known to be haunted.


Warrior Rock Light:

This lighthouse on Sauvie Island guides traffic on the Columbia River and is Oregon’s smallest lighthouse. And when the leprechauns aren’t keeping river watch, the lighthouse would provide a great spot for shelter and a good lookout for rainbows.


Mill Ends Park:

Known as “the smallest park in the world” according to the Guinness Book of Records, this tiny urban park located in the median of SW Naito Parkway near the Willamette River and is a circle just two feet across. Leprechaun friends could be the king of this land while enjoying panoramic views of the east side and the best seat in the house during the Portland Marathon.


Circa 33’s Secret Bar:

The Belmont Street bar features a revolving bookcase leading to a secret bar. And leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, the leprechauns will give Portlanders a run for their money in the bar’s Guinness Mustache Contest.


The Grotto:

This 62-acre National Catholic Shrine overlooking views of the Columbia River Valley is an inspiring place. With fir trees, rhododendrons and a botanical garden it also has a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff. And there’s probably a four leaf clover somewhere. A life-size marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta is featured in the cave. According to folklore, if a leprechaun is captured by a human they have the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for freedom. With 200,000 visitors to this site a year, the leprechauns will be busy.


OMSI Planetarium:

Hide in the dark and party on Friday and Saturday night when OMSI’s Planetarium comes alive with the music of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” Relax, kick back and watch the leprechauns become mesmerized by the theatrical display. All and all, we’re just another brick in the wall, right?


If you were a leprechaun in Portland, where would you hang out?