Powell Butte Nature Park

Portland, Oregon 97236

Powell Butte Nature Park

Powell Butte Nature Park Professional Guide

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"Powell Butte Nature Park is located on an extinct volcano that features diverse habitats and wildlife. This 611-acre park has more than 9.0 miles of interconnecting trails that wind through open grassy meadows, old fruit orchards, and thick woodlands made up of western red cedar, Douglas fir, alder, and bigleaf maple trees.

The city of Portland is full of surprises, and Powell Butte Nature Park is one of the best. This 611-acre park has more than 9.0 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Rich in plant and animal diversity, this urban park is characterized by forests of bigleaf maple, Douglas fir, Pacific dogwood, rolling meadows, and an old apple, pear, and walnut orchard."

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Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Enjoy outstanding views of four snowcapped volcanoes, scads of emerald dormant lava domes, and pastoral rolling countryside, all from this extinct volcano right within the Portland city limits. Easily amble up a paved path to a century-old walnut orchard atop the butte. Then languidly loop the summit, taking in soothing vistas in every direction. Miles of radiating trails invite further exploring." Read more
Best Trail Runs: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Chase and Nancy Hobbs
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"Opened to the public in 1990, the mix of terrain in Powell Butte Nature Park’s 608 acres includes open meadows with fantastic views of Cascade mountain peaks, with Mount Hood (on a clear day) to the east, Mount Saint Helens and Mount Adams to the north, and Mount Jefferson to the southeast. Douglas fir abounds within the canopied forest along the singletrack trails, as well. Heading out on a packed gravel pathway, go in a clockwise direction on the Mountain View Trail, connecting with the Cedar Grove Trail, which links to the Elderberry Trail. In the upper reaches of the park, the Holgate Lane connects with the Dogwood Trail for a bit of a dogleg section that connects back to the Holgate Lane and the Pipeline Lane to close the loop back at the visitor center." Read more
Best Trail Runs: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Chase and Nancy Hobbs
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"Run this very obvious route in a clockwise direction, starting at the trailhead near the interpretive center. You’ll experience singletrack trail, wide gravel pathways, forested terrain, and some roots and rocks. Views abound on a clear day. The park is located at 16160 SE Powell Boulevard. From the parking lot, the trailhead is just a short walk uphill on pavement. There are restrooms near the trailhead." Read more
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"Singletrack options can be a bit scarce within Portland’s city limits. One beaming exception is Powell Butte. It might not provide the miles of singletrack offered over at Sandy Ridge, but there’s enough variety and sharp descents to hold your attention. Trails transition quickly from open meadows into tight, western red cedar–lined singletrack. Unlike some other city parks, most of the trails at Powell Butte are bike friendly." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"Powell Butte Nature Park is located on an extinct volcano that features diverse habitats and wildlife. This 570-acre park has more than 9 miles of interconnecting trails that wind through open grassy meadows, old fruit orchards, and thick woodlands made up of western red cedar, Douglas fir, alder, and big leaf maple trees. This loop trail is a great introduction to the many trails of this scenic nature park." Read more
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Portland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
220 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Views
Features
Portland Parks and Recreation, 1120 Southwest Fifth Ave., Ste. 1302, Portland 97204; (503) 823-7529; www.portlandoregon.gov/parks
Local Contacts
USGS:Gladstone, Damascus; Maptech CD: Newport/Portland/Mount Hood/The Dalles; park trail map available online at www.friendsofpowellbutte.org/#!map; Delorme:Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer, page 60 A4
Local Maps

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Dec 2018