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I decided to take advantage of a nice day in early April 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.
Fellow hikers, bicyclists and families joined me on the Crest with a gorgeous view of Portland, the Fremont Bridge and the snow-covered Cascade peaks.
After enjoying a short break, I finished the loop hike to home.
A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.