“largest undeveloped butte in Northern Clackamas County”
Stretching from Portland’s Rocky Butte southward to the Clackamas River, a group of extinct volcanoes and lava domes lend unique geographic character to the region’s east side, providing important wildlife habitat and panoramic vistas. Mount Talbert is the largest of these undeveloped buttes in northern Clackamas County.The nature park includes the top of the former lava dome as well as the west facing slopes visible to the tens of thousands of people that travel I-205 every day or shop at the Clackamas Town Center. The park offers miles of new hiking trails, information about the cultural and natural resources found there and greater access to nature close to home.Metro provided funding for improvements to the site and the nature park will be managed by the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District.
Over 4 mi of trails circle and traverse this 200-ac forested butte, rising 500 ft over the urban landscape below. Apr-June are the best months to visit, when wildflowers grace the understory and migrant songbirds fill the treetops. Check summit trees in early morning for migrant Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Townsend's, MacGillivray's, Wilson's, and Nashville Warblers, plus Warbling and Cassin's Vireos, Western Tanager, and Pacific-slope and Hammond's Flycatchers. Orange-crowned Warbler nests here. The oak forest on the SW flank hosts White-breasted Nuthatch. Other residents include Pileated Woodpecker, Hutton's Vireo, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, and Steller's Jay. From I-205, take Exit 14 and follow signs for Sunnybrook Rd. Go E on Sunnybrook 0.1 mi to the first road (97th Ave) and turn R (S). Follow 97th (which becomes Mather Rd) for 1 mi to the parking area on the L.
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Mount Talbert Nature Park
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