As dog owners, we are always trying to find new pockets of nature to explore that are dog friendly. (i.e.- We won’t bother others if we let them off leash, and we aren’t in danger of getting in trouble.)
As an eco-concious person however, I also want to ensure the area isn’t sensitive to disturbance, or undergone recent restorations. (We want those little seedling to survive.)
– Inca Pearl- our “climber” dog-
Powell Butte is a fantastic oasis for both human and canine. We visited on a Sunday, and surprisingly had the area to ourselves, (my favorite). A fair warning however, the few people we did encounter were all friendly, but their dogs were not. It was the strangest thing, of all 4-5 groups we met along the way, everyone had at least one dog, and every person told us their dogs were mean. Hmmm…(not really a big deal, just interesting).
The area is a forested wonderland, complete with wild Trillium flowers, and those tasty cute Fiddlehead ferns. We saw a good variety of birds, slugs, and mushrooms as well. It’s so fun hiking with my daughter, she always notice things that I pass right over.
I think the best way to explore Powell Butte is to go without much of a destination in mind. There are several places to access the butte (parking lots in many directions) and trails seem to wind all over. At 611 acres, it’s a small enough area, I can’t imagine ever getting really lost. There is the butte of course, where the summit offers nice views of the mountains if you go on a clear day (we did not). Johnson Creek meanders on the hill, and the area is a beautiful combination of wetland, forested slopes of Western Red-Cedar, and open meadows.
– Meadow on top of Powell Butte-
“As an extinct cinder cone volcano, Powell Butte rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek- an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead.” Source
If you aren’t one to enjoy the “wandering” exploration- here is a link to an actual hike.
And if you aren’t into the “dog” thing, this area is equipped for hiking, horseback riding, and biking as well!
Want to learn more about the area, get involved, maybe even volunteer? Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park provides all the above.
Where It’s At: SE 162nd & Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97230
I’m still looking for Portland metro area suggestions I should go explore. Please comment below!
Need a reminder on why I’m doing this Adventure series? Visit my first post that explains my year-long quest for finding hidden treasures in my own backyard.
Here are a couple favorite posts in the series: Adventure #2: Snow, Soul Healing Fun, with a Story of Planned Obsolescence Adventure #4: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden