Climb the steep, fir-lined road to the parking lot atop this extinct lava dome. From there, you can walk a loop trail or enjoy lunch under a handsome picnic shelter.
If you ever visited the Boy Scouts lodge that used to stand here, you might recognize salvaged pieces. Although the land is now a public park, its spirit of adventure remains.
Scouters Mountain Nature Park was protected and opened through a partnership among Metro, the City of Happy Valley and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District.
See and do
- Eat a picnic in the shelter. Picnic shelter is available for rental year-round. Reservations are required for parties of 25 or more.
- Enjoy views of the surrounding valley and, in the distance, Mount Hood.
- Walk through a forest with trees more than a century old, including some that have grown here for 220 years. The trail through the forest is about a mile long. A quarter-mile loop at the top of the hill is wheelchair accessible.
- Explore throughout the year for different highlights: trillium and wood violets in the spring, dazzling views during summer, mushrooms in the fall, Pacific wren calls when winter arrives.
Know when you go
- Park open sunrise to sunset.
- Bathrooms are available.
- For additional information about visitor amenities, including photos and videos, please read the Access Trails review of Scouters Mountain. Access Trails is a project by Access Recreation to provide information about parks facilities to visitors of varying physical abilities.
- Dogs and other pets are not allowed because they can damage sensitive habitat and threaten wildlife.
- Smoking and vaping are not allowed.
- Bikes are not allowed on trails, but are permitted on the road leading to the parking lot.
- Hunting is not allowed.
- Drones, model planes, model boats and other remote-controlled vehicles are not allowed.
- During inclement weather, please check oregonmetro.gov/parks for information about any closures.