You are not going to believe this amazing view.
Mt. Hood from Scouters Mountain
You are now asking yourself, how can I get there? You are, aren’t you?
Well it’s easy, my friends. You can even drive to the top, hop out of your car, and there it is.
While not nearly as dramatic, Scouters Mountain Nature Park reminded me of a long, arduous hike I did in Yosemite once. My friend Brad and I hiked for hours and hours to get to the top of Glacier Point, and then a tour bus pulled up and dropped off a bunch of non-sweaty people. It was still worth it, but I remember feeling a little deflated.
Scouters Mountain is not nearly so steep, and not even a little bit arduous. But the view of Mount Hood at the top is lovely and worth the short hike. But if you don’t want to hike, just drive up there!
Eleven of us trekked out to Scouters Mountain for a late-afternoon jaunt. I had toyed with the idea of signing the kids and I up for a class on lichens that was offered by the Metro Naturalists, but I’m glad I didn’t. It was a two-hour class, and they were finishing up as we got there. It seemed like it would maybe be a bit much for the kids to take in on a sunny day. But Alice, the naturalist, was kind to stick around for a few minutes and talk to all the kids about lichen. By the way, Metro offers a range of interesting classes at their different parks, and many of them are free or only $10.
Looking at lichen with Metro Naturalist Alice
After looking at lichen for a bit, we hiked around the mountain, through the woods. It was lovely, and we had a great time!
Anna holds the sunset
We eventually made our way back to the picnic shelter, and had our picnic. I brought the jet boil, and we all had some hot chocolate to go with our snacks. Fitting for a January hike!
Anna always feels compelled to build elaborate, complex snacks. It’s one of the many things I love about her.
Scouters Mountain was a bit tricky to find. The Metro website just lists the address as, “Southeast Boyscout Lodge Road and Southeast 147th Avenue.” When I tried to map it, we were taken to Scouters Mountain Elementary School, which is way up on 174th. There’s a “directions” link on the Metro website, but when I tried that from my “smart” phone, it kept trying to give me directions from Seattle. #frustrating I was with 3 other smart adults with smart phones, and we all had the same problem. So here are my directions:
Coming from Portland, I would head east on Foster Road, then turn south (right) on to SE 112th Avenue. Keep to the left when that road turns in to Mt. Scott Boulevard. Mt. Scott Blvd eventually turns in to SE King Road. Follow this until you get to 145th Avenue, and make a right. You’ll see the signs for “Scouters Mountain Nature Park” on your left.