Come explore Powell Butte Nature Park! We will be taking the Powell Butte Perimeter Hike, with views of the orchard, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens (provided the weather is nice enough). The hike is up to 5 miles long (there will be two turn-back loops of shorter distance), with some elevation gain, so bring a water bottle.
From the City of Portland: Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek - an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. The park is comprised of 608 acres of meadowland and forest.
Before the turn of the century, the large meadow area was cleared and an orchard planted. In 1925 the City of Portland purchased the land... In 1987 the City officially established Powell Butte as a nature park and the park was opened to the public in 1990.
Today, miles of trails accommodate hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Abundant wildlife populates the park, including rabbits, ring-necked pheasants, ground squirrels, raccoons, gray foxes, skunks, bats, chipmunks, coyotes, and black-tailed mule deer. The park is home to many birds of prey with its open meadows, groves of wild hawthorn trees, forested slopes of Western red cedar, and wetlands near Johnson Creek.
Leashes are required, in addition to our normal expectations, for the following reasons:
• This park is nearby homes to domestic sheep and horses, who are privately owned. The leash may be the only thing that keeps your dog close at hand when confronted with the opportunity to chase!
• The park has an abundance of stinging nettles! Nettles can get into your dog's sensitive eye, mouth, ear, and underbelly areas. You may get them after petting your dog! Yikes!
Our monthly Pack Walks are fun, social, outdoor walks with our dogs between 1-3 miles, in and around the Portland OR metro area. The monthly walk is scheduled the first Saturday, at 10:00, with changing locations.
***Rain or shine!***