Sometimes dogs just need to be out in nature. If your pup is craving some time in the great outdoors, make your way over to Powell Butte Nature Park so they can hit the trails. This park is situated on an extinct cinder cone volcano, but the terrain is mostly made up of meadows and forest. It’s the pawfect place to hike with your pal!
The main entrance and parking lot are located in the
northeast corner of the park. However, there are six other trail access points around
the park, and nearly two dozen trails
to choose from. Since there are several connector trails, it’s easy to create
your own route. Orchard and Cedar Grove Loop is one pawsibility. This
combination of trails weaves throughout the forest and passes through open
meadows so your pupster can see the majestic Mount Hood. It clocks in at just
over three miles.
If your four legged hiker wants to see some puptacular
views, follow Mountain View Trail to the top of Powell Butte. It’s less than a
mile to the 600 foot summit. Once they reach the top, your pup will be at the
tallest point in the park. They will also find a sign that points to all the
different Cascade Mountain peaks, including Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. Be
sure to snap a photo with your furry BFF and the gorgeous scenery before
heading back down.
The entire park is teeming with critters. If your doggo
is quiet while hiking, you may catch a glimpse of black-tailed mule deer,
rabbit, skunk, raccoon, or chipmunk.Don’t forget to bring plenty of drinking
water and trail snacks for both your and your buddy, as well as clecn-up bags to help keep this natural area pristine.
No bones about it, your furry friend will love exploring
the Powell Butte Nature Park Trails!