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Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail

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  • Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Herb Robert geranium (Robertianum).- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Pacific waterleaf (Hydrophyllum fendleri).- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • - Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Pacific crab apple (Malus fusca).- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • View looking south.- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Pioneer Orchard.- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • View looking northeast.- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Bristle flower (Tolmiea menziesii).- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
  • Pioneer Orchard.- Powell Butte Nature Park, Pioneer Orchard Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic variety. Easy access. Panoramic views.
Cons: 
Construction of municipal reservoir.
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Alerts: 
SE 162nd Ave. access road is closed to vehicular traffic due to construction for the City of Portland water reservoir, which can be quite noisy at times. Parking can be found off of SE Powell Blvd. or turn off of Powell where parking can also be found at the southern end of SE 148th Ave. See our map for details.
Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
440.00 ft (134.11 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Powell Butte is an extinct volcanic cinder cone, along with Rocky Butte, Kelly Butte and Mount Tabor. All are part of the Boring Lava Field, which became active as long as 2.7 million years ago but hasn’t created much rumbling for over 300,000 years.  In more practical terms, Powell Butte Nature Park is a fantastic little getaway tucked into Southeast Portland.  Set up a picnic on a sunny day at the top of what was formerly the Meadowland Dairy, or explore the nine miles of well-maintained trails that wind through the park. The eastern portion of the park offers an orchard and a lupine meadow, and you'll also see full views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood and occasional views of Mount Jefferson on clear days.  The western portion of the park is a pristinely preserved Pacific Northwest forest.  If you are there in May, you'll enjoy numerous wild flowers: keep your eyes open for fringecup, waterleaf, candy flower and Pacific blackberry.  This hike, which covers most of the park, will take you through both of these distinctive and equally enjoyable park sections.  

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