Signed singletrack trail that begins at Marquam Shelter and travels through a picturesque Douglas fir, red alder, and big-leaf maple forest to the summit of Council Crest. Steep forest ascent and descent. Wood stairs. Three paved road crossings. City and mountain views. This trail takes you on a city escape through the fern-filled forest of Marquam Nature Park. You’ll power uphill on quality dirt that twists and turns up a forested canyon to the spectacular 1,043-foot summit of Council Crest.
Wild raspberries, delicate maidenhair fern, Oregon grape, elderberry, and wildflowers line the trail. Big-leaf maple and Douglas fir trees provide welcoming shade as you tackle the steep ascent. While you may think you are all alone, you’ll pass by a few large West Hills homes that are tucked away in this quiet green space. After a steep romp, you’ll exit the forest canopy and arrive at the summit of Council Crest. Drinking fountains at the summit provide a welcome watering hole and the inviting grassy expanse provides a great place to catch your breath. Before heading back, you might want to orient yourself to the region’s geography by using the monument’s landmark dial.
© Lizann Dunegan/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.