People who lived in the Portland Area are quiet blessed with hiking and climbing opportunities. They live so close to great hiking and climbing areas such as the Coast Range, the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood Area. There is a whole lot to do within a short drive from the Greater Portland Area. But did you know there are decent summits actually within the city of Portland and within the urban area. The Greater Portland Area is home to some great small summits, interesting rock climbing area and great natural areas. This page is going to focus on those summits within the Greater Portland Area.
Downtown Portland and the Tualatin Mountains behind the skyline.
Picture of Portland from the Tram which goes up the Tulatin Mountains.
To the west part of the Portland area lies the Tualatin Mountains. These are the highest elevations in the park and they generally range in elevation from 800 to 1270 which is Cornell Mountain
. Cornell Mountain, like many of the other high-points in the Tualatin Mountains, are on private property. Therefore it is strongly suggested not to go these summits. There is what looks to be two exceptions to this area Pittock Hill
and Council Crest
. Each is supposed to have excellent views of Portland, Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens.
Boring Lava Field Cinder Cones and Shield Volcanoes
View from Powell Butte
Giant foggy trees of Mount Talbert
Toward the eastern part of the city lies a group of cinder cones and shield volcanoes from the Boring Lava Field. Many of the these summits which are legal are presently written up on Summitpost, including Mount Talbert
, Powell Butte
, Kelly Butte
, Mount Tabor
, and Rocky Butte
. Broughton Bluff
is lies within the eastern border of the Greater Portland area is home to excellent rock climbing. Scouters Mountain
also has great views and is a nice park in the region. All that is mentioned in this paragraph are legal to access and are either Nature Parks or State Park. There are many other cinder cone and shield volcanoes here as well. However like the Tulatin Mountains on the other side there either private property or questionable access.
Castle like formation on Rocky Butte
Looking at the Columbia River
Kelly Butte view
The view west