XS Max: Summer above the City

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Council Crest

I decided to take advantage of a sunny day in mid-July 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.

Pioneer Woman (on Council Crest)

If it hadn’t been so hazy (wildfire smoke?), I would have been greeted with a gorgeous view of the snow-covered Cascade peaks. But, I still was able to see Downtown Portland and the Fremont Bridge.

As usual, 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.


Folks enjoying a hazy view over Portland from Council Crest

Lots to explore

Water Tower on Council Crest

Lily, Rose and Blackberries

Trail heading down “hidden” steps

Signs that Portland Heights dates back more than a century

Interesting totem pole along the way


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