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Powell Butte (Summer)

Directions: This hike starts at the Visitor Center, just off of 162nd and Powell in Southeast Portland.

From the parking area at the Visitor Center (just past the piano that’s free for the public to play!) get on the paved Mountain View Trail. You’ll follow this a short distance until you come to a gravel section in the trail, go right here and get onto Pipeline Lane. You’ll backtrack a bit and get a nice view of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens as you follow the thick gravel trail towards the north.

      

The trail gradually heads uphill and skirts along the tree line. Off to your left you can see the gated entrance to the underground reservoir. Soon you’ll come to an intersection in the trail, go right and get onto Holgate Lane where you enter the woods. Follow this dirt and rock trail through the woods at a fairly level grade. There is a giant metal pipe that lines most of this trail and does have leaky spots so year round there are muddy sections of the trail. Soon you’ll reach the Elderberry Stairs on your left, head up these somewhat steep steps that wind up the side of the hill.

      

Continue following the trail until you come to another junction. Go left here and get back on Pipeline Lane, you’ll follow this trail back out the way you came in with a view of Mt. Hood almost the whole way back.

      

Powell Butte is great for an after work hike or quick weekend outing. It does stay pretty busy year round no matter if it’s a weekday or weekend.

Make sure to pack your binoculars if you’re into wildlife viewing. There are lots of different birds, butterflies,and even deer.

 

Distance: 2 miles (easy)

Elevation: 180 (easy)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Very

Warnings: There are nettles along the trail in the woodsy areas.

Best Of 2016

We did a lot of great hikes in 2016, here are some of our favorites and our overall top hike of the year.

  • Willamette Valley:

Henline Falls– This is a short hike but it takes you to an amazing waterfall. Catch it at the right time of day and you might just see a rainbow at the base as well!

  • Columbia River Gorge:

Columbia Hills State Park– Great area to see wildflowers with amazing views of the Gorge.

  • Washington:

Lewis River Falls– So many pretty waterfalls in such a short distance. Definitely a must see.

  • Coast:

The Thumb– This was probably the most unique hike we did this year.

  • Central Oregon:

Smith Rock (Misery Ridge)– The views are amazing at the top and you get a very up close view of Monkey Face!

  • Mt. Hood:

Wind Lake– You get to ride a chairlift up to the top of Ski Bowl and then hike to a somewhat hidden lake. And the whole time you have great views of Mt. Hood and Government Camp. 

  • Portland:

Powell Butte- This is a great hike in the city. On a clear day you can see Mt. Hood, Mt. St Helens, and Mt. Hood.

  • Southern Oregon:

Plaikni Falls– This hike was inside Crater Lake National Park, it’s very pretty, especially in autumn with all the beautiful colors.

  • Kayak:

Disappearing Lake– This was such a treat! It’s a lake that’s only around for about a month out of the whole year.

Overall Best of 2016:

Bald Mountain– The hike up bald mountain is beautiful and lined with beargrass. Once at the top you round a corner and come to one of the best views of Mt. Hood we’ve ever seen. Do this hike!

What were some of your favorite hikes in 2016? Any you’re looking forward to doing in 2017?

 

Powell Butte (Winter)

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.

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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.

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Powell Butte: 4 miles

Elevation: 250 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: This is a great hike that’s right in Portland. Great option for after work hikes or a quick weekend outing.

Powell Butte (Autumn)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Distance: 3.25 miles

Elevation: 300 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: No

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Great urban area to get some hiking in.