Council Crest 5/4/13

May 4th, 2013

Hike: Marquam Trail to Council Crest, Portland, OR

Weather: Low 80s, sunny, breezy

Hikers: Ian, Court, Greg, Cat

This was Ian and Court’s second trip to Marquam, Greg and Cat’s first.  Trail wasn’t too crowded and a bit drier than the first time.  Breeze felt great under the shade of the trees.  We made the roughly 3.2 mile loop in about 2 hours.

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Court and a big tree

Court and a big tree

The summit was gorgeous.  There was a group of people wrapping a Maypole at the top.  We had clear views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams (St. Helens too, I think).  On the way back down we saw a black snake on the trail, but it got away before we could identify it.  Ian also broke in his new hiking shoes on this trail.

View of Mt. Hood from Council Crest Park

View of Mt. Hood from Council Crest Park

Greg checking out Mt. Adams

Greg checking out Mt. Adams

Radio tower and water towers at Council Crest Park

Radio tower and water towers at Council Crest Park

Plaque at Council Crest

Plaque at Council Crest

Maypole

Maypole

The descent back down Marquam Trail

The descent back down Marquam Trail

“At 1,071 ft above sea level, Council  Crest is the highest point in the Tualatin Mountains (West Hills) that run parallel to the Willamette River in Portland.” – Wikipedia

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