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Powell Butte Nature Park is another reason we love Portland, Oregon.

We are unveiling a Hidden Gem in the middle of an urban area.

On the Southeast side of Portland on the edge of Portland and Gresham is- Powell Butte Nature Park. If you are a nature enthusiast seeking a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This is the place you have been looking for.

Embracing Nature's Canvas

As you step into Powell Butte Nature Park, you are greeted with a picturesque landscape that seems straight out of a painting. Lush greenery blankets the rolling hills, while vibrant wildflowers dot the meadows, creating a vibrant symphony of colors. The park's sprawling forests beckon you to wander through their shaded trails, where sunlight filters through the canopy, painting the ground with dappled light.

A field with daisies and trees in the background.
Wild Flower Meadow

A Hiker's Paradise

For the avid hiker, Powell Butte Nature Park offers a myriad of trails that cater to every skill level. Whether you are a novice looking for a leisurely stroll or a seasoned trekker seeking a challenge, the park has something for everyone. The summit of Powell Butte rewards hikers with panoramic views of the Cascade Range, Mount Hood, and even glimpses of the majestic Mount St. Helens on clear days.

Hiking trail with a view of Mount Hood in the distance.
Upper trail with view of Mount Hood

Birdwatcher's Delight

Birdsong fills the air at Powell Butte Nature Park, making it a haven for birdwatching enthusiasts. Grab your binoculars and keep an eye out for the park's avian residents, including red-tailed hawks, western meadowlarks, cedar waxwings, and even the elusive northern pygmy owl. Every turn of the trail offers a new opportunity to spot these feathered beauties in their natural habitat.

A bird with black around it's eye, pail orange head and body blending into yellow and then to white.  Its tail is black with yellow on the end.
Cedar Waxwing

Wildlife Encounters

Beyond the birds, Powell Butte Nature Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for deer grazing in the meadows, squirrels darting among the trees, and the occasional glimpse of a deer, coyote, or bobcat. Every visit to the park holds the promise of an enchanting encounter with nature at its most raw and unfiltered.

A young male buck looks up from grazing in the meadow.  He is chestnut brown with small altars and black eye and nose.
Deer in the meadow

Connecting with the Great Outdoors

Powell Butte Nature Park isn't just a place to disconnect from the modern world; it's an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. The park's serene ambiance and beauty make it the perfect setting for mindfulness, meditation, or simply basking in the wonders of the great outdoors.

Mount Hood framed by green Douglas Fir Trees and the valley below.
View of Mount Hood

Plan Your Visit

When planning your visit to Powell Butte Nature Park, be sure to pack sturdy hiking shoes, plenty of water, bug spray, and a spirit of adventure. Whether you are embarking on a solo journey of self-discovery or seeking a family-friendly outing, the park welcomes all with open arms.

The visitors center is located off of the Powell Street entrance and there is a parking lot there for easy access. Embark on a journey of exploration and wonder at Powell Butte Nature Park. Let the tranquility of nature rejuvenate your spirit and inspire your soul. It's time to discover the untamed beauty that lies within the city limits.

Mount Saint Helens with clouds around casting shadows on the mountain and rolling hills below.
View of Mount Saint Helens

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Thank you for posting this! what a beautiful walk.

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