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Powell Butte Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Portland, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 951 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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NOTE: The parking area is currently closed due to COVID-19. You have to park down the street and walk to the trailhead. Please check the park website for more information. This trail is closed to bikes December - February. The Nature Park largely consists of 2 basic areas, first is the southern and western portions which are on a slope that is thickly forested. The other is the Butte or flatter upper areas with fields of flowers and grasses and Cascade views. The trails are marked and well maintained. You can do a 6+ mile loop hike by combining multiple trails together, with more than 70% of the hike in the forest.

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Alison Warren
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Hiking

Very clean and well marked trail. Beautiful views. Would definitely consider this an easy hike. The parking area is closed, so you have to park on the street further down. Take into account it’s about half a mile from the trail head. Wish everyone was wearing masks when you passed them. Pretty empty, but it was a Monday morning.

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Amanda Jones
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HikingGreat!

I enjoyed the combination of forest and open grassland on this loop. Bring sunscreen because a good amount of trail is exposed. The parking lot is currently closed, so park somewhere on nearby streets and walk up to the trailhead. Moderate amount of people on the weekends.

Gopal A.
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Hiking

Nice trails, but the downsides are that it is heavily trafficked, above average flies/gnats, periodic horse dung, and inconsistent mask usage. The loop as outlined is one of many different paths you can hike as there are several trails within the park. This particular loop has a few places that double back on itself so there are ways to shorten your time significantly if you want. Most of the loop is well shaded though toward the summit, you are definitely out in the sun (for good or bad). This was my first time in this park and I noticed there are a few places you can enter which I may consider if parking is an issue. The beginning of this loop has limited parking (I was lucky to get) and the road leading up to the start of the hike was blocked off. That's okay, but expect about a 1/2 mile slight uphill walk from your car parked near Powell to the start of the trail as marked.

Jeffrey T.
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Hiking

Nice trials close to city. Def can forget you’re still in Portland metro. Most was really nicely maintained. Gates and parking area was closed, so has to park on city streets and walk in.

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Laura Hoey
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Hiking

I’ve devised a 9.5 mile, 1041 elevation gain loop at Powell Butte, that’s great for knocking out a good workout on early weekend mornings. I’m kind of disappointed in how many people aren’t wearing masks; but the narrow trails don’t have as many hikers so it’s not too bad.

Jacqueline Knight
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Hiking

Like hot sunny trail for the most part some shade but we got stinging nettle

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Mary Boyd
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Hiking

This was beautiful! I took a wrong turn so hopefully I’ll complete it the right way next time! There’s so many options up here!

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Robert Cucurillo
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Hiking

Great trail. Moderate foot traffic with great views of surrounding mountains. I

Robert Cucurillo
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Hiking

Great trail that as well marked. Moderate foot traffic

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Kyle Jenkins
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Juli Rogina
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Hiking

We loved it! It’s a 6.2 mile loop, but if you’re directionally challenged like we are - you can make it 8.5! Loved the staircase down to the wooded area- like being on a completely different hike. Wandering through the countless trails is highly recommended. Eventually you’ll find your way back!

Kim Koga
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Hiking

Lovely hike through shaded forest area and open grasslands. Many different trails connecting to one another provides the opportunity to customize the hike to be as long or as short as you prefer.

Brittany Dobson
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Walking

Well kept trails go through wildflower meadows to dense shaded forest for nice views throughout. Gate still closed due to covid, but plenty of street parking nearby.

Taylor Hippler
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Hiking

Nice hike with some cool mountain views! A great moderate hike to do with your dog, and lots of nice wildflowers to look at along the way.

Angelique Colley
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A very nice trail for a city park. Wildflowers and views of surrounding mountains. A few were not visible due to trees.

Sabina David
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Dan T.
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Good for trail running

Jamie Persing
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My favorite trail to bust out a moderate 5-6 mile hike regularly. At the top you have sprawling views of meadows and mountain peaks. As you continue down you can pop off on many trails that lead you into the forest, from here you can control how long your hike will be because you can continue on or use a different trails to head out... I'd stay away from the bike paths, even though you'll likely bump into a biker anyway, but its never been an issue for me. In the spring the critters begin crawling. Ive seen caterpillars (so many!!), snakes, coyotes, eagles, many birds, and every now an again you encounter a horse to pat if their human allows!

Holly A.
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Hiking

Absolutely loved the differences in scenery along this hike. There’s the more enclosed, beautiful green foliage, and then there’s the wide, open space and pine trees for miles. I decided to follow the paths and take different trails to make my hike a bit longer. It was a wonderful hike! Right now, the parking lot is closed so I just had to park by mobile homes on the street of a neighborhood.

Alena Nelson
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HikingMuddy

Amazing hike with the dogs. There are several different trails as well as different terrain ( in the forest was muddy and slippery, but after that a beautiful gravel path of Summit Lane and even parts have asphalt) there is a nice picnic area with table and benches. Hiking shoes and poles highly recommended. Great for kids and dogs. I loved it. Glad to discover it. More to come as I will return.

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Maria Mora
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Is a good trail beautiful is not to difficult.

Courtney Green
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Hiking

Trail was good, saw 7 dogs.

Dylan Holbrook
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Touqir Butter
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HikingFee

Hiked in the end of February. It was an easy hike with views of mountains around. No hiking gears required.

MaryBeth Miles
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Hiking

Took my 6 & 4yr to the mountain viewpoint with my leashed dog. It was a little hard for the kids but they were happy to have accomplished the trip when they saw how far they had walked!

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Jill Baker
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Hiking

I didn’t follow the recommended loop, but there are tons of trails, lots of it gravel. It was a beautiful day and you could see all the mountains from the top!

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Thomas Buell
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Hiking

This is a nice easy hike with nice views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Wide, well-marked trails. Very crowded today due to sun and people wanting to get outside to escape coronavirus social distancing. 3/15/20

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Sarah Stinson
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Keara Thomas
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