Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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!

I am just trying to get my self in to shape & I liked this trail. very pretty views all the way up & not steep at all. it's a very gradual incline so even I could make it.

Love this park! Great trails and easy access.

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.

04/26/2018
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
3 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 definitely a multi-use trail. You have to be really careful walking up and down the hills because at any moment a mountain bike could come racing over the summit. There are horses as well. I was there mid-morning on a weekday and it was already pretty heavily trafficked. But I’m giving this 5 stars because it is a fantastic little urban getaway that offers so much. The trails are also very well marked. If you’re looking for a quiet jaunt through the woods though, I’d go somewhere else.

This is actually Powell Butte.

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.

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.

This is a large suburban nature park with a 620’ foot peak in outer Southeast Portland. It is also home to an underground reservoir of drinking water for the city. There are 9 miles of well maintained trails through meadows and forests that provide something for everyone: paved wheelchair accessible trails from the nature center to the high point of Powell Butte, plus plenty of gravel and dirt trails for dog walkers, bird watchers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The park planners also managed to make it seem isolated from the city surrounding it.

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.

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!

Nice loop through the forest and with pretty views of the mountains.

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

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.

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

walking
Monday, September 04, 2017

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

walking
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.

trail running
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great for trail running.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This is a great little urban hike with well marked trails. Definitely an easy stroll even with a little bit of elevation, part gravel trail / part paved trail, and plenty of gazing at Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens on clear days. Trails are mostly through beautiful wild flower fields so dress for the elements, rain or shine. Open for dogs, bikes, and horses alike.

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