Powell Butte

Portland, Oregon

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Powell Butte is just one in a series of extinct volcanic mounds that form the Boring/East Buttes Lava Domes. This range contains some of the largest contiguous wildlife habitats in the area. The 600-acre Powell Butte Nature Park provides over 9 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. There is also a 0.5-mile barrier- free trail leading to the top of the butte, where views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood dominate the horizon. Grassland meadows, a scrub shrub transition area, and a mid–seral stage forest all provide home to a wide array of wildlife. This diverse habitat also affords hikers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the many birds, mammals, and reptiles that make the butte home.
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon

by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Powell Butte is just one in a series of extinct volcanic mounds that form the Boring/East Buttes Lava Domes. This range contains some of the largest contiguous wildlife habitats in the area. The 600-acre Powell Butte Nature Park provides over 9 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.

There is also a 0.5-mile barrier- free trail leading to the top of the butte, where views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood dominate the horizon. Grassland meadows, a scrub shrub transition area, and a mid–seral stage forest all provide home to a wide array of wildlife. This diverse habitat also affords hikers the opportunity to catch a glimpse of one of the many birds, mammals, and reptiles that make the butte home.

© 2016 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: City of Portland, Parks & Recreation, (503) 823-6007; portlandoregon.gov/parks/
Local Maps: Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 107 E7
Driving Directions: Directions to Powell Butte

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