Kelly Butte is yet another famous cinder cone located on the east side of Portland, Oregon. It is one of 32 cinder cones that formed from the Boring Lava Field that formed during the Pre-Pleistocene area. As of 2016 this is probably the least desirable of all the natural areas and summit to visit in Portland. I do expect this to change because Josh Lewis and I saw lots of survey markers, flags, and new mulches that leads me to believe that this park is about to go through a heavy renovation. There is also a lot of replanting going on at this peak in order to get rid of the invasive plants that has attacked the hill.
As for currently this peak only as some areas of views and the summit is almost viewless. The trails in this park are current just game trails and Josh Lewis and I ran into a former homeless camp on the peak. The best view here is where the road ends and a nice field begins. One can see the Cascades from this view, though neighboring peaks and cinder cones have better views than Kelly Butte.
Getting ThereFROM I-205: Get off on Exit 19 which is Division Road and head east rough a 1/2 mile. Make a right onto 103rd Ave and take it all the way to the gate where there is parking turnout to the left of the gate. The road above is where you will start your journey.
Red TapePark is open dusk to dawn. Do not park here overnight!!!
When to ClimbThis can be summited year round. Save it for a time when you cant do something bigger due weather concerns. As of right now it is not a very highly desirable summit to visit. That might change in the future.
CampingDon't be tempted by some of the homeless camps on this peak. Camping is prohibited.