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Hogan Butte Nature Park

    • Park Amenities
    • Hours and Location
    • History
    • Project Background
    Park Amenities

    Gresham’s newest park sits on 46 acres on top of Hogan Butte. At the top elevation of 930 feet, take in a stunning panoramic view of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge and city of Gresham. Enjoy picnic areas with views of the forest.

    • Interpretive loop trail (1/2 mile), paved and ADA-accessible
    • Volcano Viewpoint of Cascade Mountain Range peaks
    • Educational signage in English, Spanish and Russian
    • Pristine natural area, mature native forest
    • Picnic shelter and tables
    • Restroom
    • Paved driveway
    • 20 parking spaces, including ADA-accessible parking lot
    • Secure bike parking
    Hours and Location

    For everyone’s safety, please follow park rules and enjoy Gresham’s parks and recreation areas at your own risk.

    Park hours

    Sunrise to sunset

    For more information, call 503-618-2300.

    Directions

    Hogan Butte is south of downtown Gresham and west of US 26. 

    Get directions

    History

    Hogan Butte’s rich past has geological significance and pioneer history. 

    The nature park features educational panels and kiosks throughout to share its story with visitors.

    Geology

    Gresham is one of the few places in the United States to have extinct volcanoes within city limits. Hogan Butte is part of the Boring Lava Field and “East Buttes,” a cluster stretching from southeast Portland to Damascus. At the park, visitors stand at the top of an inactive volcano’s vent that once emitted steam from inside the earth. 

    Native American heritage

    The Clackamas tribe once used Hogan Butte’s nearby Johnson Creek watershed for fishing and hunting. 

    History

    Eli Hogan, a turn-of-the-century pioneer, forested land from the butte that now bears his name. Wood harvested from Hogan Butte’s forests helped build Mt. Tabor’s reservoirs in Portland from 1894-1911.

    The historic Brite House sits at the base of Hogan Butte Nature Park. Built in 1928, it was once a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The City of Gresham owns the house.

    Flora and fauna

    Be on the lookout! Hogan Butte's wildlife includes:

    • Red-tail hawk
    • Deer 
    • Fox
    • Bobcat
    • Western red cedar 
    • Big leaf maple
    • Red alder
    • Oregon grape
    • Salmonberry
    • Sword ferns  
    Project Background

    Hogan Butte Nature Park is many years in the making. The City started the process for acquiring land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago, passing a 1990 City bond measure and two later Metro bonds.

    Preserved for future generations

    Visitors can enjoy this park today thanks to considerable effort from Gresham citizens, the City, and many community partners such as Metro, the Trust for Public Lands, the U.S. Forest Service and the Buttes Conservancy, who all advocated for the conservation of Hogan Butte lands over the years.

    Special thanks to our funding partners, who helped build this park:

    Metro’s Nature in Neighborhoods

    Oregon State Parks

    • Hogan Butte meadow
    • Hogan Butte Entrance
    • Hogan Butte Plans
    • Hogan Butte Construction
    • Hogan Butte view
    • Hogan Butte buck
    • Hogan Butte Fox Glove
    • Hogan Butte Queen Anne's Lace
    • Hogan Butte sword ferns
    • Hogan Butte View North

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    • Towering 930 feet above the city, Hogan Butte Nature Park in Gresham is perched on top of a extinct volcano. Read about the park's history.

    • The City began the process for acquiring land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago.

    • Break out the binoculars at the Volcano Viewpoint and enjoy a picnic lunch with views of the mountains and city below.

    • Forming for the concrete seat wall foundations at the Volcano Viewpoint.

       

    • The Volcano Viewpoint and the 1/2-mile interpretive trail take shape during park construction in summer 2017.

    • Be on the lookout for the wildlife on Hogan Butte, including deer, fox and bobcat. Photo by Gresham photographer Caz Zyvatkauskas.

    • Foxglove thrives on Hogan Butte and puts on quite a show.

    • The flora and fauna in the park also features native plants including Oregon grape and salmonberry. Educational panels and kiosks with photos will help visitors spot the vegetation.

    • The mature forest wouldn't be home without an abundance of sword ferns to unfurl as the seasons change on Hogan Butte.

    • The sun sets atop Hogan Butte with Mount St. Helens to the north. Hogan Butte is part of this area's Boring Lava Field's "East Buttes," a cluster stretching from southeast Portland to Damascus.