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I decided to take advantage of a nice, but overcast day on the first weekend of May to do a four-mile loop hike from home to Council Crest. At 1,071 feet it is the highest point in the City.
Southwest Urban Trail no. 6 to the Marquam Trail was the first leg of the hike, marked by a colorful totem pole. This was the end of the easy first mile on paved streets and stair steps. Then it was up and onward for the second mile to the top of Council Crest on on a mostly secluded trail.
If it hadn’t been so cloudy, I would have been greeted with a gorgeous view of Portland, the Fremont Bridge and the snow-covered Cascade peaks.
Still, there were many families enjoying the park.
After enjoying a short break, I finished the loop hike to home.
A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
Crow and Dark-eyed Junco
Portland Heights has many homes, and sidewalks, dating to horse and buggy days
The hike includes trails and stairs
Rhododendron, Fairy Bells (wild Lilies) and Red-flowering Currant
Trail signs and a colorful totem pole along the route