Group Hike: Powell Butte Nature Park, Portland

Join Disabled Hikers for an outing at Powell Butte Nature Park! This wonderful park in the outer southeast of Portland offers incredible views of the mountains and a variety of ecosystems, including meadows, forest, and wetlands. A network of trails provides a variety of options. Our group hikes are access-centered and collaborative, and we will customize the hike based on everyone’s needs. We welcome all people who are disabled, neurodivergent, and/or chronically ill, and your family, friends, and caregivers. It is strongly encouraged that you wear a mask if possible.

Where: Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon
When: Saturday May 7 at 11:00am

Register here.

Trail Description

Please read Access Recreation’s guide to Powell Butte. There is a paved, wheelchair accessible trail to the top of Powell Butte at the visitor center, with nearly 360 degree views of the surrounding area. Additional options include level gravel paths through the meadows and natural surface trails with a few moderate grades through the forest.

Amenities

There is an accessible restroom, water fountain, and picnic tables at the visitor center. Benches are placed along the trails.

Pets

Service dogs are always welcome. Pets are discouraged to reduce potential conflict and accessibility issues.

Cost

Free. Donations accepted.

Parking

Paved parking with van accessible parking spots.

Transit

TriMet bus #9 or bus 74—SE Powell Blvd and 162nd Ave stop ID 13597, eastbound; or 164th Ave, stop ID 4609, westbound, each about a half mile uphill, to the visitor center. If you will be taking transit and need a ride uphill from the bus stop, please let us know and we will try to make arrangements.

About Disabled Hikers

Disabled Hikers is an inclusive disability-led and disability-centered organization grounded in principles of disability justice. 

We welcome anyone who is disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, or otherwise has lived experience of disability – we define these terms in the broadest way possible. We also welcome supportive friends and family. The group hikes together; we adapt the hike to match the needs of everyone present, rest when needed, and make decisions about when to turn back as a group.

All of our events begin with a moment to honor the land and the Indigenous peoples, followed by group introductions. There is never any pressure to share anything, and if you want to be anonymous that is okay too.

Other things to keep in mind:
Please read the hike description. Trails are chosen to be as enjoyable as possible for the most folks, but only you can decide if a hike is appropriate for you.

Please do not offer anyone advice or assistance without asking first.

If you have questions at any time, please ask. We’re here for you!

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