Summary: Powell Butte is one of those places that you stumble upon one day and you wonder why you didn't know about it before. There are miles of loops and interconnected trails around the top and sides of the butte. You can take a walk of any length you like by combining the trails. The most direct route to the top is a paved, easy walk for any casual hiker. Right at the top, on the North side of the butte, you'll find a compass of sorts - pointers to all the buttes, mountains and named hills in a 360 degree radius, with distances to each and their elevations. This is a great place to picnic (tables are provided), see a sunset, take some pictures, or just walk and think. Coming down from the top one day two deer jumped accross my path just in front of me. Enjoy the great outdoors just a few minutes from home, whether you're walking, biking or horseback riding. One thing I enjoy - seeing lights come on at dusk in dark area while the sun is still sinking in the west.
Trailhead: In Portland, head out on SE 162nd Avenue and follow it up the hil just accross Powell Blvdl. The trailhead is on your right about halfway up the hill. There is a parking lot and restrooms. Horse trailer parking is available as well. There is no fee. The park is open from 6 AM to 10PM. (Lat:45.49016 Lon:-122.49824)
Trail Guides for Powell Butte, end of SE 162nd Ave. near Powell:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Portland Parks and Recreation, 503-823-PLAY
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ajb on 2/7/2013
Sucked and so does Janel Maurer
Reviewed by Corey on 6/25/2012
Things are changing there. The road into the park is closed and there is a lot of construction going on.
Reviewed by John on 4/17/2011
Mostly an open meadow with nice vistas of the mountains. There is a short section through forest that is pretty, but it doesn't compare with the gorgeous trails in rural Oregon. Doesn't even compare favorably with other urban trails such as the Wildwood trail or Balch Creek. But on a nice day and with limited time, a nice hike for a little exercise.
Reviewed by jdd on 1/13/2011
We've hiked in here from plenty of trailheads. Sometimes you're in a muddy forest, sometimes you're hiking an old gravel path along a fence, sometimes you're exploring a wide field by an interesting orchard. Very cool.
Reviewed by Jason C. on 7/13/2010
I grew up near Powell Butte and know it well! There's lots of trails to ride mountain bikes on or simply hike. If you're planning on going here I reccomend staying off the main paved path to the top. Instead head west towards a wooded area. I beleive the path is gravel and follows a cement drainage ditch. There's a dirt path marked with wooded stakes that'll take you on quite an adventure! There's even an old crashed vehicle you'll pass!
Reviewed by VAl on 4/12/2006
This is an awesome place to watch the sunset, or just sit and relax on a sunny day!! Also great place to walk dogs, or just walk..........it's a hole in the wall spot in town. You would never know such a beautiful place can exist in town!!!
Reviewed by Greg & Jenn on 9/1/2005
Lots of different trails. A great view of Mt. Hood. We went at dusk and got a close up view of 2 deer eating berries. Great for kids, beginners, people that just want a nice easy walk, plus its in the city!
Reviewed by SBW on 3/21/2005
Be careful not to leave anything of value in your vehicle here as my car was broken into and I later learned it is a common thing at this park. Still, a great place for mountain bikes with all the clean trails full of hills.
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