We like to spend our time in the Gorge. I'm pretty sure you are all very well aware of that. In fact, we've hit majority of all the big hikes in the Gorge including Mt. Defiance (the largest peak in the Gorge). There are still many to tackle as the list for hikes out that way is ginormous!
We've decided to start this year off differently than our norm and take to all of Portland's easy day hikes rather than the Gorge. And why not? The days are shorter, which makes it tough to get some of those big hikes in. These hikes take little time, which allows you to start and end the hike all while there's still daylight. Drives to Portland and areas nearby take so little time, which saves more time for other things on your weekend to-do list (or extend time in that area at a new coffee shop or restaurant). And best yet, you get to see the beautiful views of downtown Portland, all the mountains from afar, and everything in between (maybe even your house)!
Marquam Nature Park to Council Crest
Distance: 3.2 miles
Estimated time: 1-2 hours
Animals: leashed dogs allowed
View: downtown P-town, Mt. Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Adams,
Mt. Rainer, and if you walk west of the ring at the top you can see Mt. Jefferson
If you're interested in extending the day, head to downtown Portland for a great cup of joe,
a river view, or for those of you on a budget, some window shopping in NW!