Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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 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!

Very flat and very busy on the weekend. Some sparse, pretty views but nothing too spectacular. Great for children and puppies, probably a little unimpressive for regular hikers.

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.

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

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

trail running
9 months ago

Underpopulated as usual.

Great for trail running.

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.

Great views good trials good for all levels

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great trails, lots of variety. Wooded dirt trails nice and quiet, beautiful wide open spaces gravel trails, and easy going paved paths. Dogs have to be on leash, which I personally don't care for. I'll take a off leash dog park over any place any day. It was a great easy walk though. Nice to just stroll and take in all the beautiful scenery.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great views

Great outdoor experience with my loved ones. Great views, routes and overall fantastic workout.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Hiked it today and added a few other little trails to make it just under 5 miles....one can add even more.

I really liked the terrine, at the top was grassland and loads of red tail hawks. The back side was wooded and mossy. The trail was a little muddy on the back side but one could always get around it.

There were a ton of dogs and many were not leashed - it was the Sunday of a 3 day weekend so maybe there were a lot of not so typical user out today?

Although the parking lot was about 30% full the trail further out was very quiet.

I ran across only 3 mt bikers, all were very nice and used proper trail etiquette.

Definitely want to come back on a clear day in the summer when I can see the mountains and everything is in bloom. Still a very pretty walk otherwise.

I only did one trail. I will definitely go back with my kids and take a few different routes! A lot of dogs on this one.. almost stepped in poop:(

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Great hike! multiple trail heads and the view is beautiful.

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