Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Powell Butte Nature Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Dog and bike friendly but not crowded on a weekday.

Good for taking kids and old people. On a clear Day you can see hood. There are some nice signs at the visitor center. It’s clean here safe. Good for an in town Hike.

I love this park and it’s trails. Hard to believe something this nice in the middle of Portland. Did the Mountain View then Summit Lane then the South Trail back to the parking lot. This was a great fall back hike after an aborted Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls hike. Portlanders are lucky to have this park. Salem needs to step up and have elevation hiking trails like this too.

Great before or after work jaunt! I do this all the time but never tracked myself before this. I was surprised it was more than 4 miles as it’s so easy breezy, but a great in city workout in an out of city setting!

Great place to run trails in beautiful forested areas. The grass fields have TH markers to branch out in trails.

Powell Butte isn't my favorite park in the city, but it always surprises me when I go. It's easy to sum it (get it... summit) up as a "boring field on the top place"... but there is also a sizeable forest on the west and south sides. So in reality the park offers quite a bit of variety. Plus, having the open fields at the top affords more unobstructed views. Oh, and there are a few flowers [ahem millions] to boot (but don't kick them). I like all the ole wood fences around. The trails are marked well at all intersections. Mountain bikers frequent these trails, so watch out if you are hiking. Most everyone in Portland is pretty courteous on trails, so it's not really a big deal.

There are longer loops with more variety in the park, but this is the shortest and easiest path to the summit. There were tons of yellow flowers in the fields. It was hot, but I survived.

Fun trail with plenty of choices. Powell Butte has number of trails to choose from. It's mostly flat open area, but there's some woodsy areas as well. Family friendly, easy going trails. Feels like an alpine desert. Nice place for beginners.

trail running
11 months ago

with beautiful views & cool information posted on the plant/animal life in the surrounding area, with also a super cool physical display that shows the water system&how it works. just as fun for the adults as it is for the kids!

trails are great&maintained well, some steep spots for a stroller but good multiple options for trails.

I do wish there were swings at least for the kids for afterwards.

no much to see there, more like take a walk at an open field/farm.

This is actually Powell Butte.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

This was an easy hike and I love that my fur baby was able to accompany me. There are clear signs of where to drive up to and park. It’s a clean and organized environment as far as parks and hiking trails go. A lot of the trails are paved with some that are more of a natural terrain. I saw people also biking on these trails. My little family went on the Mountain Trail and then the Horsetail Trail to loop back to the visitor center and parking lot area. It was a short loop of maybe 1-2 miles.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

This was a great park, there are many trails that weave around. When two trails intersect there are yellow signs that help guide you.
If your looking for a trail with no one else around this is not for you. It is pretty heavily trafficked but not over crowded.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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!

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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

I've done this trail alot of times, and I've found if I am up there before 10, as I'm nearing the top of the pioneer orchard trail at the top of the tree line I'll regularly catch some deer to the east of the trail, even got pretty close to a good sized buck!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Did a version of All Trails loop that was beautiful with leaves turning. Did notice, though, that All Trails trail names seldom correlated to trail markers or locator maps. Still, lovely hike.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

This is one of our favorites in the area. This route is nice, but we like to take a left at the Elderberry trail from the Cedar Grove trail and follow it along the forest until it hits the Service Road, then take the road straight to the water tank info center and parking lot. It adds an extra 10-15 minutes. It's not a hard hike and is not too uphill, but has a nice balance of meadows and woods. Rained on us, but still was very pretty.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice views. Busy, family friendly. Shorter than anticipated.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Bit smokey outside and warm. Nice area and can make it a longer walk if desired.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Love coming here so many trails easy to get to beautiful views on clear days

trail running
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Underpopulated as usual.

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