Our recent visit to a Portland park included a steep climb (in the car) to Joseph Wood Hill Park, located on the top of Rocky Butte. One of our college friends proposed to his wife atop this spectacular rock.
Rocky Butte is one of the three extinct volcanoes within Portland's city limits (others are Mt. Tabor and Powell Butte). It has a wonderful 360 degree view of the Portland area. You can see the west hills, downtown, a huge stretch of the Columbia River, multiple mountains in the distance, and even Ikea! We went right before sunset. Boy was that a great time to go! The sun slowly disappeared behind the west hills as we were in awe of the view.
This is a great park to go for an expansive view of the surrounding area. Wonderful for a date night, picnic on the grass, or fun with binoculars.
More photos here.