Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek. The 608 acre park connects to the 40-Mile Loop and features over nine miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
There are three distint habitat types on the butte -- open meadow, mature Douglas fir forest, and oak savannah. The park's diverse habitats support an abundance of wildlife. Over one hundred species of birds as well as a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates can be found on the butte. The summit, at 630 feet, is dominated by an open, gently rolling grassy meadow. An old orchard of walnut, apple, and pear trees occupies the highest point of the meadow, which was used for years as forage for cattle. In addition to affording spectacular views of cascade peaks -- Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams to the north; Mount Jefferson to the southeast; and Mount Hood to the east -- the butte is a premier area to observe American kestrel and red-tailed hawks hovering on winds from the Columbia Gorge.
Learn more about wildlife and activities at the park from Friends of Powell Butte .
Powell Butte is one of the few natural areas with a dog off-leash area and that allows dogs on the trails. At many natural areas, pets are forbidden due to sensitive habitat and wildlife concerns.