Portland September 10, 2017
Visit The Highest Park in Portland For An Out-Of-This World View Of The City
Once home to an amusement park, today Council Crest Park sits as the highest park in the city, snuggled in the West Hills at 1071 feet above sea level. If you want to enjoy one of the best views in the city, this is the place to visit.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
First known as Talbot Mountain, named after John B Talbot for his donated land claim, the hill has gone by several names over the years before Council Crest. In addition to Talbot, it was also called Glass Hill and then Fairmount. In 1898, it was formally named Council Crest.
The observation area gives you one of the best views in the city. If you visit on a clear day, you have a chance to see Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson from the park.
Whether it is spring...
Fall, or winter, the park has some amazing views and scenery to enjoy.
This sculpture, called Pioneer Woman, or Joy, Joy, is both a drinking fountain and public art piece created by American artist Frederic Littman in 1956.
Originally connected to the city via streetcar in 1906, by 1907, the area was home to an amusement park called Council Crest Amusement Park. The park went out of business in 1929, and by 1937, the city of Portland acquired the property.
Streetcar-only access ended in 1949 when the streetcar ended service to the area, and a road was built in the place of the rails. Getting there by car today is the way to go.
Whether you want to take a nap high above the city or take some pictures of the epic view, this is one park you want to visit.
Council Crest Park is open year-round from 5 am to midnight.