Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great hike, especially for being right in the city. I felt like this was more of an easy hike than a moderate one. Good tree cover for a rainy day hike, however the trail was a bit slippery so use caution if you're going on a wet day!
Nice trail, easy access. Multiple points of access. Partly Runs along highways and houses. Finishes at a park with a great view of the city. Spotted a homeless squatter on the trail.
Went for a run this morning. Trail is well marked and beautiful. Very steep for running though. Feels remote enough even though you cross over three roads. Coming back down you can take an alternative trail to make last part a loop. You'll see sign saying .06 to parking lot. Marquam shelter.
Great urban hike with excellent views at the summit. You do cross a few roads, but most of the hike is secluded, climbing through thick forest around deep gorges in the hillside.
Went on a weekday and was lightly trafficked. Short but very beautiful hike.
Great hike. Be ready to go uphill straight from the start. Great views of Portland from council Crest.
Great views of the city and mountains.
Great hike to a beautiful overlook, was a bit moderate.
Great trail to do weekly never packed, trail ran with my dog. Great to start at zoo and run all the way to waterfront using trails!
It was a beautiful hike. It was very nice, a little tough because of the switchbacks. Other then that it was great
Nice well maintained trails. Crossed several residential streets and was amongst many homes.
Beautiful walk through the woods! Busy and crossed over roads on the way up, but everyone was friendly and the view at the top is great!!
Beautiful hike! Busy with runners and dog walkers like myself.
Very nice and not as crowded as I expected on the Saturday before Easter. This is a well-maintained, moderate-traffic walk to a beautiful overlook at council crest. We only encountered a few muddy places and a couple steep inclines, but what makes this a moderate difficulty hike is the elevation gain. Your heart will definitely get pumping on the hike up from the Marquam Shelter, though the views at the top and in the gulch are well worth it! I recorded a track that is slightly longer (4mi) and with more elevation than the base description above. Any way you hike it, this is a great outing.