This hike is located off 162nd and Powell in Southeast Portland.
There are bright yellow trail markers at each intersection and a trail map by the Visitor Center.
From the Visitor Center parking area take the Mountain View trail up a partially paved and gravel trail, passing interpretive signs, until you reach a junction. Go left onto Wildhorse Trail, which becomes a hard packed dirt trail (it can be slippery in spots if it’s raining). Follow this trail up to a junction with Summit Lane. This is the top of the butte and it has views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.
Taking a left on to Summit Lane the trail becomes thick gravel and winds down and around a grassy area. It’s pretty open at the top and can be really windy and times. Keep following the gravel path until you reach a junction with the South Trail. Take a left onto the South trail where you get on a dirt path that takes you through a grassy area and into the woods.
The South Trail takes you through the woods (watch out for nettles!) and down to the base of Powell Butte. You’ll come to an intersection with side trails taking you out to the Springwater Trail and the Hawthorn Trail. Take the Hawthorn trail which leads you back up the side of the butte. Eventually you’ll head back out of the trees and back to the grassy meadow. Keep going through the meadow until you reach the Summit Trail again. Go left and wind up to the Mountain View Trail. Take a left and follow the paved path back down to your car.
Distance: 3.25 miles
Elevation: 300 feet
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: No
Overall: Great urban area to get some hiking in.