Another of the area parks that really make Portland stand out for me. It's a nice local spot to get out and stretch your legs, jog, walk the dogs. The perimeter trails are ok for mountain biking, but the park has thankfully started putting up 'no bikes' signs on the central trails close to the visitors center although people still do it and it creates a hazard to have mountain bikes cone zipping downhill on a singletrack where there is heavy pedestrian traffic and large numbers of dogs on leash. If you come here to ride, just start out on the cinder drive on the north and west sides of the visitor center and parking areas, you'll get to the wooded singletrack soon enough and without running people down. Anyway, I rate it higher than 3 stars for a city park, has nice views on a clear day of Mt Hood, Helen, Adams, and lots of wildflowers in season, I usually see deer here in the evenings, and it's a nice way to enjoy nature without even leaving the city, but it's not what I look for when it comes to hiking & trails either.
Very nice local, open trail. Great views of mountains, just not you typical "trail" hike. More like a really nice, easy walk. Ate at "Authentica", a little Mexican place on 26 on the way home. Next to Mecadito la Cabana, almost looks like a food cart. It is very authentic, nice owners.
This is a great area with a lot of different trails to choose from. Trails are very well maintained, and there is signage at every intersection, but it's still easy to get yourself lost, so take your GPS-enabled device. Trails also meet up with the Springwater Corridor. Elevation gain/loss is minimal.
One of my favorite places in the world. Powell Butte is a hidden gem which means I can go for a run after work and have the trails to myself. The construction is fairly done and the parking area is open. Great place to invest an hour or two.