Molly Johnson | 05/17/2021 | Happy Valley, Parks

Mount Talbert Nature Park


Distance: 4mi / 6.5km of trails
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 750ft / 230m

The largest undeveloped butte in Clackamas County, Mt. Talbert Nature Park houses a group of extinct volcanoes and lava domes and provides a home for important wildlife as well as gorgeous views. Being right next to an urban area its ideal for city lovers who still enjoy some fresh air to easily escape to. Or, for those short on time, its a super quick commute from work, to play, to home. With four miles of trails amongst the forest its an easy trip. 

This volcanic butte has been shaped for millions of years by fountains of lava and is the largest in a string of extinct volcanoes and lava domes along the east side of our region.

While there, you can see a diverse array of birds, including pileated and hairy woodpeckers, western tanagers and white-breasted nuthatches. Speaking of animals, no dogs or other pets are allowed here unfortunately, so be aware of that when planning your outing. 

Explore this if you like:

Shaded hikes

Trail running 

Bird-watching

Hiking close to town

Interpretive kiosks

Geocaching

Helpful Tips:

PLAN AHEAD - Hike early or on weekdays, don't hike alone, let someone know your plans, check the weather

PREPARE - Pack appropriately: sunscreen, light source, first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks/lunch and sunglasses

DRESS RIGHT - Bring lots of layers for the ever-changing Oregon weather, shoes with good tread (hiking boots), hat, rain gear (it is the PNW after all)

PACK IN/PACK OUT -  Dispose of waste properly, pack an extra bag for any waste and remember poop bags for your dogs

RESPECT - Plants and wildlife, stay on trail and let plants grow. Respect seasonal closures and give trails time to regrow 

"take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time" ― Aliyyah Eniath, The Yard

Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home. 

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