Directions: The main parking area for Powell Butte is located at 162nd and Powell in Southeast Portland.
This hike is a revisit, some of the trails we took are different from our first visit. Click here to see our first post.
From the main parking area get on the Mountain view trail. It’s wide and paved with some interpretive signs along the way. After about a quarter mile you will come to a trail junction, go left onto the Wildhorse Trail. This trail is packed dirt and can get pretty muddy after heavy rains. The Wildhorse trail is short and takes you up to the top of Powell Butte. It drops you off at the Summit Lane Trail which is loose gravel and takes you around the the top of the butte and past a viewpoint. Take the Summit Lane trail on the South side of the butte and get on the South Trail, it heads back down the butte into the wooded area.
The South Trail goes down a few short switchbacks and crosses a small stream. You will be going down to the base of Powell Butte and heading west for a short distance. It’s a nice quiet hike through tall trees as you make your way to the Douglas Fir Trail. From here you start heading back up the butte as you make your way out of the woods. Soon you will be back on the Summit Lane trail. Take this up to the top of the Butte where you can get back on the Mountain View Trail that takes you down a paved trail back to the parking area.
Powell Butte: 4 miles
Elevation: 250 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: No
Overall: This is a great hike that’s right in Portland. Great option for after work hikes or a quick weekend outing.