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Rocky Butte rendezvous, 9 Feb 2021

An adventure to an extinct volcanic cinder cone via three speed!

Urban Adventure League

Camera: Minolta SR-T 101. Lens: MC Rokkor-X PG f/1.4 50mm. Film: Kodak Colorplus 200.

Rocky Butte is a prominent promontory in NE Portland, lying just west of I-205. It’s part of the Boring Lava Field, a collection of volcanic cinder cones found along the east side. From the height of the hill at 613 ft/187m, one can get an impressive view of the eastern part of the city, across the Columbia River into Vancouver, Washington, the distant Columbia Gorge and Cascade Range, and bits of central Portland and the West Hills. It’s one of my favorite spots in Portland, but even though it’s just about five miles by bike from my house, my visits are infrequent. Heck, I don’t think I got up there at all in 2020. So I was jonesin’ for a return.

But when, exactly? Unlike Mount Tabor and Powell Butte, where there are other things to…

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