Kelley Butte

At once an abandoned and official Portland park, this is really no place for children.

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All year round.

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Climb up the access road to the former parking lots; from there you’ll discover numerous unmarked, overgrown paths through thicket. Actually don’t do that, go home and watch “Deliverance” instead.

Pros

  • Less expensive and more visceral, immersive than renting a horror movie.

Cons

  • Unkempt would be a generous description. Abandoned would be more accurate.
  • Ever present sense of being watched. Woodland, yes, but more Blair Witch than Bambi.
  • Makes Elk Rock Island seem like the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • The parking spots at the top of 103rd by the entrance gate are susceptible to subsidence. I went in a touch too far, slid forward and required a tow to get out… which was of course far better than plunging into the abyss. Stop short!

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SE 103rd Ave & Clinton St, Portland [Google map].

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