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Joseph Wood Hill Park

Rocky Butte Natural Area, Portland, Oregon

Portland Metro Area, Oregon

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  • View to Mount St. Helens (8,366') and the Columbia River.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • Joseph Wood Hill Park.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • Joseph Wood Hill Park Directional Medallion.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • View to Mount St. Helens (8,366') and Columbia River.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • View to Mount St. Helens (8,366') and Columbia River.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
  • Sunset over Portland from Joseph Wood Hill Park.- Joseph Wood Hill Park
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Pros: 
Great 360-degree view. Easy to access.
Cons: 
Small park. Exposed to weather conditions.
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Region:
Portland Metro Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Joseph Wood Hill Park, built in 1935, sits atop an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte within the Portland Metro Area. The cinder cone itself is part of the Boring Lava Field—a group of more than 30 cinder cones throughout Oregon and Washington. The placement of the park in this location, with its 600-foot elevation, provides an incredible 360-degree view of the area, including Downtown Portland to the west, Mount St. Helens to the north and the Columbia River Gorge to the east. Beyond the vista point, the historical site includes public art installations and can be reserved for special events.

The area surrounding Joseph Wood Hill Park is known as the Rocky Butte Natural Area. Joseph Wood Hill, the park’s namesake, is known for establishing the Hill Military Academy in Northwest Portland in 1901 and later moving it to the Rocky Butte area.

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