This hike takes you to the Gresham Butte “Bus”. It’s not actually a bus, it’s an old utility truck that was used to move water pipes for the Mount Hood Freeway. That project was abandoned in the 70’s and apparently so was the truck. It’s now just hanging out up near the summit of Gabbert Hill.
The hike starts at the Gresham Butte East Trailhead which is located on 19th and Regner, in Gresham.
Start at the gate and head up a wide gravel trail. The trail starts out pretty flat but that all quickly changes. It gets steeper until you reach the saddle, which is a 4-way intersection of trails. At the saddle there is a sign that talks about the Hogan Cedar that only grows in this area. Take a left at the saddle and head up and even steeper gravel trail. This trail does have some nettles, so keep an eye out for that.
Keep climbing until you see a wooden sigh that says “Gre Pro” which stands for Gresham Pro, shortly after you will reach a fork in the trail. Take a left and head a short distance until you reach the back of the “bus”, this is the end point. The “bus” is covered in graffiti and berry briars. It’s definitely unique looking and fun to take pictures of. Retrace your steps to get back to your car, the gravel is loose so heading back can be a bit interesting.
Distance: 2.25 miles
Elevation: 800 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: There is a decent amount of elevation gain, so this may not be best for younger kids and older folks.
Parking Fee: None
Overall: The “bus” is interesting but the hike is pretty boring.