Marquam Shelter to Council Crest

Portland, Oregon

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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.
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Trail Running Oregon

by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Portland Parks & Recreation
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Portland
Driving Directions: Directions to Marquam Shelter to Council Crest

Recent Trail Reviews

12/6/2017
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You have to cross several busy residential streets to reach the top but the view on a clear day makes it worth it!



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May 2018