The future Mount Scott/Scouter Mountain Loop Trail will connect people with parks in Clackamas County and Portland.
In fast-growing north Clackamas, the proposed 34-mile Mount Scott/Scouter Mountain Trail will create a loop around its namesake buttes, connecting town centers, neighborhoods, schools and natural areas.
Metro is partnering with the cities of Portland and Happy Valley, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and Clackamas County to develop the trail master plan. Once complete the trail will link to important destinations including the Springwater Corridor and Powell Butte in the north and Mount Talbert and the Clackamas River to the south.
An exciting destination along the trail will be Metro’s newest nature park, the 100-acre Scouter Mountain Nature Park, slated to open in late 2013. The park will feature hiking trails, a picnic shelter, parking and restrooms. Land for the park was purchased with funds from Metro’s voter-approved Natural Areas Program. The forested area is closed to the public for now, during habitat restoration and park development, to protect natural resources and human safety.
Opening Scouter Mountain is a team effort. The City of Happy Valley is funding park development through Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, which set aside money for communities to invest in nature close to home. North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District will manage the park.
A project advisory committee made up of representatives from the participating jurisdictions, project partners, residents and technical advisers are helping shape the master plan. The committee reviews project information and will make recommendations on the trail alignment, phasing and development. Committee members will also serve as project liaisons representing the interests and perspectives of their respective jurisdictions, organizations and constituents.
In order to make important decisions about where the trail should be located, the project team needs your input. Sign up to receive project updates and information about opportunities to provide input by sending an email address to Mel Huie at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 503-797-1731.
To contact the City of Portland about the project call Emily Roth, Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau at 503-823-9225 or email@example.com.
To contact Happy Valley about the project call Justin Popilek at 503-783-3810 firstname.lastname@example.org.