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Council Crest

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The view towards the east (Martell)
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The view towards the west (Martell)
Summit area (Gordon Smith)
Mt. Hood from Council Crest (Gordon Smith)
Mt. Rainer and Mt. St. Helens (Gordon Smith)
A radio and water tower sit at the center of the park (Martell)


At 1073 feet, Council Crest is the highest elevation within the city limits of Portland. This was once the site of the Council Crest amusement park, from 1907 until it closed on Labor Day 1929. The park featured a roller coaster-like "Scenic Railway", a steam powered miniature railway, a water boat ride billed as a "Trip up the Columbia" and a giant ferris wheel. Much of the park survived until it was demolished in 1941. The base of the 77 foot tall park observatory tower was rebuilt into the water tower visible today. Like most Portland Amusement parks, the area was served and heavily promoted by trolley lines. Even after the amusement park closed, trolleys continued to bring tourists to see the views until 1950.

Today, the area is much quieter than the amusement park days. The quiet, grassy lawns contrast sharply with the chaotic, carnival atmosphere of the park's heyday. The views however are the same. On a clear day expect to see five snow-clad volcanoes, and the entire city laid out before you.

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