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Mount Scott Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mt. Hood and Mt. Talbert from the Nature Park Trailhead, Solomon Court (bobcat)
Old pickup, Mt. Scott Nature Trail (bobcat)
Hillside tread, Mt. Scott Nature Trail (bobcat)
Mt. Talbert from The Stairs, Mt. Scott (bobcat)
The loop hike from Mount Scott Nature Park to The Stairs (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: Greiner Lane TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: 118th Court Trailhead
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Elevation gain: 530 feet
  • High Point: 910 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Description

The Mt. Scott Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile wooded loop along the southeast slope of 1,090 foot Mount Scott, the highest point in east Portland. However, the construction of a new trail, inaugurated in November 2013, allows access to higher elevations on the Happy Valley side of Mount Scott and a longer walk with a few expansive views.

From Greiner Lane, head down a grassy path to a junction as you enter a patch of woodland. Keep right here and pass a bench to hike along an old road bed on the level. The canopy here is formed of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, some grand fir, and red alder. Soon reach the unsigned junction with the new Studebaker Trail, which heads up through a thicket of sour cherry, hazel, Indian plum, Douglas-fir, and elderberry. Keep going on the road however to a gully where a tributary of Mount Scott Creek spills down the slope. Look down to a couple of rusting relics, one an old pickup. These have had the blackberries cleared off them and now serve as trailside sculpture.

Return to the Studebaker Trail and wind up. Alder logs have been placed for steps. A spur leads left to the creek. Continue up the Studebaker Trail on more steps and switchback where the creek passes through a deeply buried culvert. At a junction bear right and follow the trail out to a driveway. turn right to head out to Solomon Court: down to your right and across the road is the Solomon Court Trailhead with just enough space for two cars if you decide to begin the hike here. It's worth walking down here to get a great view of Mount Hood, however. From the trail access, keep left up Solomon Court to reach Idleman Road. Bear left, cross Hillside Drive, and two houses later, find the paved path leading left. Cross the cut-de-sac at the end of Pheasant Ridge Drive and continue on the paved path to reach Quail Run Drive. Make a left and then a right on Hillside Drive. At the T-junction with Hilltop Court, go right and look for the Grayhawk Ridge neighborhood sign.

Behind this, a chip/grass trail leads down and then undulates below large homes above a stand of Douglas-fir. This sometimes soggy trail reaches a concrete path with a vista over more large homes, Mount Talbert, the Clackamas area and Southeast Portland. Descend this winding path, known as The Stairs – there are about 430 of them. Cross Lenore Street and continue your descent to reach a bend in Lenore Street. Keep on down to a cul-de-sac. The Stairs resume 20 yards on your left. Reach William Otty Road and go left. Soon come to Valley View Terrace and cross Otty to the sidewalk on its south side. Follow Otty around to cross 119th Drive getting views east to Scouters Mountain and Mount Hood. Head left off William Otty up 118th Court to a cul-de-sac and the 118th Court Trailhead for the Mt. Scott Nature Trail.

Walk through an area which has been cleared of blackberries. Now blue plastic sleeves protect tree plantings. Cross an old ditch and get more views of Scouters Mountain. Switchback down to a junction and go right. Drop along the edge of the park to cross the creek. Then head up in a dense thicket of cherry, hazel, Indian plum, elderberry, and sword fern. Pass a spur leading right to Kimberley Court and continue up to a junction. Head right from here to Greiner Lane.


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