Hiking Marquam Trail to Council Crest


I introduced Sage (and her human) to one of my favorite urban hikes in Portland. We took the Marquam Trail up to Council Crest which was roughly 6.5 miles and about 1,100 feet in elevation gain. It boasts lovely scenery, relative seclusion, a good workout and a glimpse of a house with totem poles. What more can you ask from a hike?
My camera’s settings were wonky so I ended up with this picture but I kind of like it. It makes Mr. N look like he’s traveling super fast.

Mr. N as usual is staring intently at the camera and Sage is like oh but there’s water over there! I want to dive in!

At the summit, there’s an off leash dog park. Sage ran around looking for squirrels and Mr. N performed his war dance.

We were on a bit of a tight schedule so after letting the dogs play for a few minutes, we headed over to the central part of the park.

Council Crest supposedly is the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. There used to be an amusement park up here but now it’s a park.

On what the boyfriend calls a “five mountain day,” you can see Mt Hood, Mt St. Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson and Mt. Rainier as well as an excellent view of the Portland skyline from up here.

The dogs with the mother and child statue and water fountain by Frederick Littman. It was stolen once then found during a narcotics raid ten years later and returned to the park.

On the way back, Mr. N tried to climb this tree. Thwarted by a squirrel once again!

Sage’s human hurt her knee (not on the hike) so our hiking activities may be curtailed for a bit. Hop over to her blog and send her healing thoughts!




21 Responses

  1. Cascadian Nomads Bethany

    June 6, 2014 8:11 am

    Well, another check on the Portland side of the awesome Cascadian cities board- a five mountain day! I suppose if I counted up all the Olympic and Cascade peaks we can see we'd have more but that's a lot of majestic volcanos from one spot! And a dog park at the summit? I love it! Time for humans to catch their breath while the fit dogs keep doing their thing.

  2. SlimDoggy

    June 6, 2014 12:35 pm

    Once again, a great hike for you guys. Love all the different places you take us. That totem is pretty cool. Thanks for joining the Hop.

  3. sagechronicles

    June 6, 2014 7:55 pm

    I'm glad you caught Sage looking longingly at a water source–she could find water in the Sahara! It was a fun hike–glad we did it. And we'll be back on the trail in the near future!

  4. Mark at DBDT

    June 6, 2014 9:28 pm

    Wonderful hike. Very interesting info about the fountain. How do you steal a fountain? I hope everyone heals quickly so you can get back out on the trail.

  5. Debbie Bailey

    August 2, 2017 5:05 am

    Looks like such a cool urban park. I love that there are trails and fields to choose from. That picture of Mr. N at “warp speed” is awesome too, accident or not!

  6. Golden Daily Scoop

    August 2, 2017 6:56 am

    What a great hike, 6.5 miles – wow! I love how Mr. N looks right into the camera, it really show his personality! How in the world did someone steal that fountain without getting caught?!

  7. Jana Rade

    August 2, 2017 11:08 am

    This looks like an awesome trail. We found a great place within reasonable driving distance too but we have to wait for the bug season to be over before even contemplating making the trip. Right now, half an hour at the time is all we can manage outside. No point to spend an hour driving for that little of an outing.

  8. Beth

    August 2, 2017 2:49 pm

    Looks like a great hike! I can’t help but think that the statue is a strange thing to find in a narcotics raid. I’m glad it was returned!

  9. FiveSibesMom

    August 3, 2017 7:44 am

    What a beautiful hiking place! I love all the pics! I love the five-mountain day! We have a point here where you can see several states on a clear day, so incredible to ponder. Amazing views!


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