Kelly Butte Nature Trail

EASY 4 reviews

Kelly Butte Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

hiking
2 months ago

bad parking situation, no views, overgrown trails, confusing trails, lots of trash and probably homeless camps. Condom wrappers, broken glass, beer cans. So awful. Would never go again.

hiking
3 months ago

My first time to Kelly Butte. The park has potential, but it seems less maintained than other Portland hill parks like Tabor and Talbert. The trails are less "friendly" in their steepness in places and are a bit overgrown. It seems there are far less visitors to Kelly. There are spots with litter and graffiti. Several trails have signs posted by the city not to trespass. I tried to stay away from those paths. Some trails marked on my GPS and AllTrails are no longer trails. An underground reservoir is fenced in where there were once open trails. I was intrigued to find out there was once an underground civil defense bunker where city officials could flee during times of war. It was the first of its kind in the country. After it was shut down, there was a time when homeless occupied it, and it has since been filled or sealed off. There are sections of trail that conceal the fact you are in the middle of Portland. The out-and-back to the west offers a view of the city near the fenced off reservoir.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

hiking
Thursday, October 27, 2016