Rocky Butte Trail is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Portland, Oregon that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 515 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

NOTE: Please read previous hiker reviews before attempting.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is dangerous. There are homeless camps all along it. A homeless man urinated in front of us in the middle of the trail. It isn’t marked. There’s broken glass everywhere with trash and spray paint. It was awful. This isn’t a trail at all it needs to be removed from this app. Cultish vibes from the church located near the beginning of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Just terrible-The trailhead was not near Rocky Butte at all and was hard to find and the parking was sketchy near the church. The trail had graffiti, weird semen or vomit on some of the trees, garbage, broken glass, a homeless person peeing in the middle of the trail and the trail led to a homeless camp. I felt unsafe and creeped out. Do not go here.

No idea where the trail is at. worried about getting snatched up by a cult driving through there.

running
8 months ago

I would advise folks to stay off this trail for safety reasons. We live in this area and it breaks my heart how destroyed this area is. There are sporadic sweeps but left behind is broken glass, food garbage, used needles, and human feces. And then the camps return. Early in the summer, someone cut a hole in the fencing that runs parallel to the 205 (just south of the black dotted trail in the trail map) so now that natural area is contaminated as well.

hiking
9 months ago

No homeless camps when I went. Pretty a fun climb.

Sat Dec 29 2018

hiking
Wed Dec 26 2018

This could be a cool trail, but the homeless camps are sketchy. Lots of garbage laying around and the tunnel is fully blocked by a camp. View from the top is awesome, but might be better just to drive up and skip this hike. Bummer.

walking
Mon Apr 02 2018

Too many homeless camps and lots of litter on this trail make it highly unpleasant. Not to mention loud noise from traffic on I-205 freeway which much of the trail parallels. Skip this trail and walk or bike the road to the top of Rocky Butte to enjoy the view.

hiking
Mon Feb 19 2018

Trail head was kind of hard to find and there is a homeless camp at the bottom of the wall past where you turn to go to the summit. There’s a nice view at the top.

road biking
Mon Jan 01 2018

The view of the north side of Portland is beautiful of a clear day! However, I would just drive up or ride my bike. This is no where near at typical Oregon hike ;-) still a must visit & for us locals a nice stop.

Wed Oct 11 2017

I could not find the trail head. At one point I thought I might have found it but there were a ton of homeless people sleeping there so I decided not to wonder down.

hiking
Fri May 26 2017

This is a awful "hike". Church does not want you parking in there lot, understandably. So you'll park close to "trailhead" which is canvassed with "no trespassing" signs. They are there because tent city exists no more. City of PDX removed homeless. Lots of evidence of what was. It's an unsightly beginning. Pair that with hiking almost a mile along side or close to the freeway which is very loud. Cannot recommend you avoid this "hike" more strongly.

Sun Mar 05 2017

Ok first off you don't start at the Grotto, you start at City church at the top and Walk up the road thru a neighborhood till you reach the top. The route you see on the map that starts you out from the Grotto parking lot takes you thru a run down park filled with bums and make shift tent villages, its just more secure parking at the top .

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