The Babe Loop

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Rank: #6 in the Portland area
#85 in OR, #2,250 Overall
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Aug 19 Green - Trail was very ridable some big ro...
Featured Ride in the area near Lents,
“A good loop with minimal climbing and a flowing descent.”
Tyler Bump on Jun 18, 2013
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2.94.7 milesKilometers 394’120 m Ascent 597’182 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
80% Singletrack -378’-115 m Descent 249’76 m Low 13% Max Grade (7°)
Trails are closed to biking and horseback riding during December, January, and February. Trails closed when muddy - if a trail is dry, enjoy!
Powell Butte, an extinct cinder cone volcano, rises near the headwaters of Johnson Creek - an urban creek with remnant populations of native salmon and steelhead. The park is comprised of 608 acres of meadowland and forest. Powell Butte Nature Park is Portland's second-largest park after Forest Park.

Trails are accessible from the Springwater Corridor and there are many options once you get to the park.
Need To Know
Watch your speed around corners and be courteous with other trail users.
The trails at Powell Butte are one of the best kept secrets in Portland. Significant trail work has been undertaken in the last two years to develop a multiuse trail network. The trails are accessible from the Springwater Corridor which makes this a great afternoon or after work ride.

Most of the trail surface is smooth singletrack with some wider multi purpose trail at the top of the butte. This loop includes an easy, but steep near the top, singletrack climb that opens up to views of Mt. Hood at the top and is followed by a smooth and flowing descent back down to the trailhead near the Springwater. There are some newly built berms on the descent that need to be ridden to be formed a bit so get out there and ride it!
History & Background
In 1925 the Portland Water Bureau purchased the land for future water reservoirs and leased the northeast portion to Henry Anderegg, a farmer and owner of Meadowland Crest Dairy. The city continued leasing to Anderegg until 1948 when the farming pasture was discontinued. But cows still grazed on the acreage to preserve the pasture land. In 1981 a 50-million gallon underground reservoir was built that serves as the hub of the Water Bureau's distribution system. Also, the Powell Valley Water District has three reservoirs on the butte.
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PHOTOS of The Babe Loop
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Mount Hood from the top of Powell Butte. (Lents, OR)
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Going up from ellis st (Lents, OR)
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Looking out towards the open prairie on the South Trail (Lents, OR)
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Wonderful afternoon on the top of the butte, on the Forest Edge Trail (Lents, OR)