Hogan Butte Nature Park

757 SE Gabbert Road

Hogan Butte Nature Park


  • Bike parking
  • Drinking fountain
  • Forest
  • Parking lot
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic table
  • Restrooms (seasonal)
  • Trail
  • Walking/jogging path
  • Wheelchair accessible

General information

Gresham’s newest park sits on 46 acres on top of Hogan Butte in the Gresham Butte Neighborhood.

At the top elevation of 930 feet, take in a stunning "Volcanic Viewpoint," a panoramic view of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, the Columbia River Gorge and city of Gresham. Walk the half-mile paved interpretive loop trail and enjoy picnic areas with views of the forest. Educational signage is available in Russian and Spanish. An ADA-accessible parking lot has 20 spaces.

Park rules and safety


  • Project Background
  • Hogan Butte History
Project Background

Hogan Butte Nature Park is many years in the making. The City started the process for acquiring land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago, passing a 1990 City bond measure and two later Metro bonds.

Preserved for future generations

Visitors can enjoy this park today thanks to considerable effort from Gresham citizens, the City, and many community partners such as Metro, the Trust for Public Lands, the U.S. Forest Service and the Buttes Conservancy, who all advocated for the conservation of Hogan Butte lands over the years.

Special thanks to our funding partners, who helped build this park:

Hogan Butte History

Hogan Butte’s rich past has geological significance and pioneer history. 

The nature park features educational panels and kiosks throughout to share its story with visitors.


Gresham is one of the few places in the United States to have extinct volcanoes within city limits. Hogan Butte is part of the Boring Lava Field and “East Buttes,” a cluster stretching from southeast Portland to Damascus. At the park, visitors stand at the top of an inactive volcano’s vent that once emitted steam from inside the earth. 

Native American heritage

The Clackamas tribe once used Hogan Butte’s nearby Johnson Creek watershed for fishing and hunting. 


Eli Hogan, a turn-of-the-century pioneer, forested land from the butte that now bears his name. Wood harvested from Hogan Butte’s forests helped build Mt. Tabor’s reservoirs in Portland from 1894-1911.

The historic Brite House sits at the base of Hogan Butte Nature Park. Built in 1928, it was once a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The City of Gresham owns the house.

Flora and fauna

Be on the lookout! Hogan Butte's wildlife includes:

  • Red-tail hawk
  • Deer 
  • Fox
  • Bobcat
  • Western red cedar 
  • Big leaf maple
  • Red alder
  • Oregon grape
  • Salmonberry
  • Sword ferns  
  • Foxglove plants on Hogan Butte
  • Deer in Hogan Butte
  • Grass in Hogan Butte Nature Park
  • Summit of Hogan Butte
  • Interpretive sign at Hogan Butte Nature Park
  • View of Mount Adams from Hogan Butte Nature Park
  • People walking in snow on Hogan Butte
  • People running on Hogan Butte

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  • Be on the lookout for the wildlife on Hogan Butte, including deer, fox and bobcat. Photo by Gresham photographer Caz Zyvatkauskas.