Rocky Butte

There's nothing to do at Rocky Butte except gawp at the view. That said, it's quite a view, and there's an interesting hike up alongside the bluff if you want to make a trip out of it. 2 hours of fun if you do the hike as well.

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an hour of fun

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Dawn 'til dusk. Probably.

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Pros

  • Fantastic views of Portland and Mt Hood, especially the latter.
  • It’s a fairly impressive monument. Originally built to provide tourists a reason to stop on their trip up Sandy Blvd towards the gorge, then for a long time a popular spot for underage drinking, and now mostly a place to get your senior portraits taken, it’s an unexpected structure in an unexpected place.
  • There’s an interesting hike up from Skidmore and 92nd alongside perhaps the only serious bluff in Portland. See here for approximate trail, 2.5 miles round trip, 500 foot elevation gain; or buy Laura Foster’s book for a full description.

Cons

  • If you hike up, the second half of the climb is along a road. It has a wide shoulder and hardly any traffic, but nonetheless probably not the most sensible idea for toddlers.
  • Nothing other than the view to entertain at the summit. Bring a picnic?
  • No public restrooms. The nearest spot would be The Grotto (not so much public as free, I suppose).

in the area

Very close to The Grotto and not a lot else. IKEA?

if you like this…

Powell Butte also offers great views of Mt Hood, though it lacks the full panorama.

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First posted: May 17, 2013; last updated: April 15, 2014.

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NE Rocky Butte Rd Portland, OR 97220 [Google map].

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