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Sandy, Oregon: World's Tallest Topiary Bear

Built in 1945, destroyed in 1989, restored in 2012, the "world's tallest bear" is a 34-foot-tall topiary scaffold slowly being covered with ivy.

The Ivy Bear

54735 E. Hwy 26, Sandy, OR
On US Hwy 26/Mount Hood Hwy around 8.5 miles east of downtown Sandy.
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Topiary Bear.

World's Tallest Topiary Bear

The ivy is making its way up the bear so hoping in a few more years it will be fully covered. It is almost directly on the road with a small, rather sudden pullout as we were heading north. Traveling south you will have more of a warning of the bear's whereabouts. We pulled in and were so close to the bear my Mom was wondering where it was. Ummmm, straight up!

[Adrea Gibbs, 09/12/2023]

Old fire truck.

Ivy Bear Topiary

We came to see the World's Largest Topiary Bear (which now is almost fully covered in ivy) and stayed for the pizza. Out in the parking lot there's a covered wagon and vintage fire truck. Inside is full-kitschy and half-museum. If you're lucky, Eddie will be working and will dress up in full bear mascot costume for a photo and give the kids fish food for the koi out front!

[jenna felice, 07/21/2022]

The scaffolding for the current topiary bear was built in 2012, and is so big that it's taken ten years for ivy to cover it.

Bear at night.

Ivy Bear

A large bear at a pizza joint on the way to Mt. Hood.

[Daryl Keenan, 11/25/2012]

The Ivy Bear is the name of both the restaurant and the 34-foot-tall topiary bruin in front of it. Both were built in the mid-1940s, but the topiary bear was destroyed by a storm in the 1980s. Now the bear scaffolding has been restored, with ivy slowly covering it.

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