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Council Crest Park is reputed to be the highest point in Portland. It isn’t, but it’s the highest point that’s easy to get to. And it is the only place in Portland (that I know of) where you can see all four nearby Cascadian volcanoes: Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood.

Since the first day of spring, 2012, every time I ride my bike over this hill, I take a picture of Mt. Hood, or of the grayish place behind the clouds where it is hiding. I have done this more than 1000 times since then.

On July 19 2020, I rode a Wy’east on Council Crest: 13 repeats of the hill, with a total elevation gain greater than that of Mt. Hood (11,273 ft).