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Great trail, I wouldn't go as far to say it's "Moderate". It wasn't a difficult hike. nice scenery and once I got up to council crest for the first time, the views were great I soaked them up for a couple of hours before I decided to hike back down.

Wide open area at the top with fabulous views of Helens, Hood and Cascade Range. Lots of forests around the base with smooth dirt trails. A very nice new entrance with parking lots, bathrooms, water fountains, benches, information and sculptures. Trails range from paved, to gravel to dirt. Horse trails too so watch out for piles! Busy on nice days but so many trails to chose from!

Lots of signage.

The trail itself was ok... nothing to right home about. The view from Council Crest was beautiful, but pretty crowded!

This convenient, but heavily used, trail in the West Hills near downtown Portland leads to the iconic Council Crest Peak. On a clear day there are great views not only of the city, but also Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Adams.

Loved this hike. The trail crosses over many streams of water. With dense moss covered tree views. Only took a star away because the trail sings were difficult to make sense of.

Choice of 4 loops-easy trail. Poor signage. Muddy and roots thru forest. Best direction are go to WSU, go straight instead of turning into college.TH by WSU barn. poor parking.

while the trail is "marked," I found it confusing until I did this trail a couple of times. I like that it feels secluded in city limits and the there are hills for a bit of a workout. I plan to explore all the side trails next (rabbit hole, ? chimney....). Dog friendly and nice people I meet there. Watch out for horse patties. lol

21 days ago

good workout with inner trails and hills, watch your step in a few places. Dog friendly.

Fun cute little trail near the pond. Beautiful view. I went when it was snowing so if course it was muddy. I’d suggest going across the street to the rhododendron garden even if you have to pay the $5 admission in the spring time. It’s a gorgeous area.

on Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Trail

27 days ago

Great trail in the middle of the metro area!

my sister and I had a great time hiking here. it was a little muddy but I think it had rained the night before. overall, it was beautiful.

It's ok. Lots of horse dung.

meh. lots of dog poop on the ground, not many trees. crowded.

Dry and no mud today. Some cool birds in the swamp.

Had a good walk around. The area is not well marked. Not entirely sure if I actually saw Woodburn falls but there was a huge waterfall seen from above, definitely saw lower falls which was beautiful. A bit muddy but not a big deal. It's a busy area with runners and families.

3 bald eagles and an osprey!

I love getting off work early and doing this quick loop... Rain or shine it's always enjoyable!

Easy, dog friendly hike

2 months ago

This is a great botanical garden with historical significance in the SE Portland area.

I’m surprised at the number of negative reviews based on visitors inaccurate expectations/AllTrails information, neither of which have anything to do with the Leach Botanical Gardens.

Great staff, volunteers and setting. My favorite time to visit is spring.

I wish they allowed them, but I understand why they don’t, seeing as many people do not bother to clean up after their dogs.

I've gotten lost a few times coming out here. All the trails aren't marked well. But over all everytime I've ventured here it has been enjoyable for my dog & I. Beautiful. & I'm happy we found pothole Falls today. Next time we will see Woodburn Falls.

Nice walk, lovely water and very small ups and downs. Enjoyed it! Will be back! Was glad I had the AllTrails app, it’s easy to take a wrong turn here. GPS tracking on the trail was EXTREMELY helpful. Good signal so no worries about that folks!!

Great trail. A little muddy at some points during rainy season.

on Woodburn Falls Loop Trail

2 months ago

Nice trail - but very poorly marked, which was made more difficult thanks to vandals. I don’t know if we ever made it to Woodburn Falls, but we saw a couple other falls. Still - nice outing with the family on a sunny Saturday in December.

3 months ago

This is a nice hike if you are near downtown Vancouver. It mixes city sidewalks with a stroll through the beautifully restored Fort Vancouver grounds; passing the busy Pearson airport; a walk across the land bridge; and a brief pass by the river.

I recommend crossing the I-5 bridge on the East side for great view of the majestic Columbia River and (on a clear day) Mt. Hood. The entry to the I-5 walkway is across the street from Joe’s Crab Shack.

Lots of spider, or I’d rate 5 stars. And the water is a funky green color with foam and red substances in it. Really wanted to take a dip this fall when I went for the first time, and the location was so absolutely stunning, however it was sketchy and I feared for my health. Really nice place tho!!

Pretty with low to moderate foot traffic. Trail section we were on was sloped so a bit hard to walk on.

Lots of greenery and would’ve been a great view if it wasn’t so cloudy. Easy hike. Done December 5, 2017.

Fun little trail, good for kids

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