Long-anticipated Hogan Butte Nature Park opens to public

September 18, 2017

Experience a new, spectacular park, featuring sweeping views, perched on top of an extinct volcano at the grand opening of Hogan Butte Nature Park, September 23, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Visitors are invited to experience for themselves stunning views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and the Columbia River Gorge. 

"Hogan Butte Nature Park will quickly become Gresham's crown jewel. I am so proud to open this amenity for our residents to take in its sweeping views of every nearby mountain, the Columbia River Gorge and the city of Gresham," said Mayor Shane Bemis. 

Just half an hour from downtown Portland and minutes off I-84, this 46-acre park feels a world away from its urban surroundings. Towering native trees shade a dense understory of sword ferns and salmonberry, while red-tailed hawks soar high above. A 1/2-mile paved interpretive loop trail winds through the forest up to the top of Hogan Butte. Break out the binoculars at the Volcano Viewpoint, and enjoy a picnic lunch with views of the trees and city below. 

Hogan Butte is part of the Boring Lava Field and the "East Buttes," a cluster stretching from southeast Portland to Damascus. Gresham is one of the few places in the United States to have extinct volcanoes within its city limits.

The City began the process for acquiring land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago, through a 1990 City bond measure and two later Metro bonds. 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 Metro and Oregon State Parks, who helped build the park.

At the grand opening event, take a self-guided tour of the new park and enjoy free, family-friendly activities, including a bird demonstration by the Audubon Society, scavenger hunt with prizes, and an activity table to create a special keepsake. Due to the limited number of parking spaces, the City has closed public parking for the event. Free five-minute shuttle rides will be offered, departing from Springwater Trail High School, 1440 SE Fleming, Gresham, and taking visitors straight to the park. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 am. Activities will be held for the duration of the event.

Read more about Hogan Butte Nature Park.