Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike Trail

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Marquam Trail to Council Crest Hike Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

10 days ago

Easy hike, just be ready to be hiking in the outskirts of the city.

hiking
1 month ago

This year I'm exploring all the hidden hiking gems within Portland and the surrounding area. There are so many places I've never been though I've lived here all my life. This hike was one of those experiences, and I enjoyed it greatly. I chose a low traffic time, so I don't know how crowded the trail normally is. There were just a few others braving the steep climb up and quite a few more enjoying the park and view at Council Crest at the top.

2 months ago

First time trail running down this path was thrilling!

2 months ago

It was definitely a city hike, but it was fun. I would say it was an easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Muddy this time of year, but a nice trail. Fun little bridges. There are paper maps at the trailhead and I was able to extend this trip quite a bit. There are several trails that connect to this one. Not too crowded. Occasional urban camper; no one bothered me.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty rainy morning made it muddy in spots but still very doable. I look forward to doing this hike in the spring and summer.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for a short walk, dog friendly. Probably get very cold in this part of the town during winter, roads may be icy.

9 months ago

Great urban hike ..Thrilled to see big houses in the slopes

hiking
9 months ago

Fun, quick hike with nice views at Council Crest

hiking
10 months ago

A pretty hike when you want something fairly quick. The hike up to Council Crest Park is easy to moderate. Mostly uphill the entire way to the park, but only at a 10-30% incline, with several areas where it's pretty flat. Lots of shade from the trees. The view from the park is gorgeous on a clear day. Pack a lunch and enjoy the view before heading back down.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Parking lot off of Sam Jackson Rd is small. Quick hike and OK view at the top.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

This is a fun little day hike with a rewarding view at council crest. The trail is small but well defined. Up hill is tough at times but not too bad. Make sure to leash dogs or keep them nearby because the trail crosses roads.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Fun little hike for being right in the city.

Monday, April 24, 2017

great local forest hike.

Friday, April 21, 2017

v beautiful hike. the sections where one finds oneself traipsing through neighborhoods of wealthy people's houses are slightly less than exhilarating, but still a v nice hike overall.

Friday, April 14, 2017

best trail in town. great for visitors

Monday, April 10, 2017

wet today. marked fairly well. did as part of the 4T.

Monday, April 10, 2017

did as part of the 4T. No tram on Sundays.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Great hike to an even greater view at the top! Trail was a little muddy in some spots but that was expected after this seasons unusually high amount of snowfall! Overall a wonderful hike with beautiful old growth forest scenery! If you haven't been here before, it is a must!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Nice trail!

trail running
Monday, October 10, 2016

Great hike, especially for being right in the city. I felt like this was more of an easy hike than a moderate one. Good tree cover for a rainy day hike, however the trail was a bit slippery so use caution if you're going on a wet day!

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

Nice trail, easy access. Multiple points of access. Partly Runs along highways and houses. Finishes at a park with a great view of the city. Spotted a homeless squatter on the trail.

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