Welcome to another famous summit located in the heart of the city of Portland, Oregon. This peak is home to great views and good optional rock climbing and scrambling. In many ways this summit is very similar to Skinner's Butte which is located located Eugene, Oregon and Pilot Butte located in Bend Oregon. The summit area is basically a drive up but there are optional activities that can be done on the peak. For Rocky Butte there is a great climbing wall to the northeast from the summit which holds a variety of routes from 5.5 to 5.11 located in the rock quarry.
As stated above, the summit is a basically a drive up. A 30-40 feet hike from the car up to the castle like summit will give you nearby views of the Columbia River Gorge to the northeast, majestic Mount Hood to the north and downtown Portland to the east. This is a great place to go year round provided the summit is clear enough to have any sort of view. There is also an optional trail that leaves from the Grotto Area and another optional Tunnel Trail as well. There is no reason to not visit this summit even if you on business and did not bring any hiking boots.