Nature Walk: Powell Butte, a gem in Portland
Powell Butte Nature Park & Trails
The Pacific Northwest has some of the best places to explore, and some of them are right here in the city. I recently visited one of these places and have to share some of it with you, my nature loving friends.
Powell Butte Nature Park is one you don’t want to skip. It is an extinct volcano in Southeast Portland (16160 SE Powell Blvd. to be exact) and it isn’t Mount Tabor. If you like long hikes, bike rides, or horseback riding there are 9 miles of trail and amazing views from everywhere. There is a paved wheelchair accessible trail to the highest view at 600 ft. And yes, it’s dog friendly!
You don’t have to be into hiking and biking to enjoy this park. From the parking lot you can see Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens and glimpses of Mount Rainier, Mount Jefferson and Mount Adams on a clear day. You can also go to the visitor’s center (which has a restroom during their open hours) and then see (or climb around on) the water pipe exhibit.
The day I went there were high clouds so the mountains weren’t quite visible. Even so the views were still amazing with open fields full of wild flowers and trails that are easy to walk. We didn’t go for the whole hike (the smallest sweet hiker was ready for a nap and was not going to have any of it, but to get out of the backpack!) but the spaces we saw were worth the visit.
While we were there my niece got us looking for the geocache there….something I have never done, and guess what…..I found my first one ever! These are a few of many reasons I will be going back to soak up more of this beautiful place. The quiet alone is reason for stopping by. I’m looking forward to seeing the seasonal changes as well. So stay tuned, I’ll be sharing my visits as they come and hopefully you will get a chance to enjoy it also. Leave a comment about your favorite thing about Powell Butte if you make it there or have already gone! Enjoy the photos!
There is so much more about this park so here are a few links for more detailed info:
OregonLive tells how to hike Powell Butte here.
Portland Parks tells all the details here
Friends of Powell Butte have a great site here.
Here a a couple of photos from a previous visit.