Powell Butte Nature Park

Location -
16160 S.E. Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97236
Neighborhood - SE Portland

Categories - Parks/Gardens, See and Do

Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek east of downtown Portland. The 608 acre park connects to the 40-Mile Loop and features over nine miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. There are three distinct habitat types on the butte – open meadow, mature Douglas fir forest, and oak savannah. The park’s diverse habitats support an abundance of wildlife. Over one hundred species of birds as well as a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates can be found on the butte. The summit, at 630 feet, is dominated by an open, gently rolling grassy meadow – affording spectacular views of cascade peaks – Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams to the north; Mount Jefferson to the southeast; and Mount Hood to the east. An old orchard of walnut, apple, and pear trees occupies the highest point of the meadow, which was used for years as forage for cattle. Dogs are allowed on-leash.