Photograph Downtown Portland From Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion Parking Lot, Portland, Oregon, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Scenic

180 Degree City Views and great for a Sunrise/Sunset. Easy Access & Free Parking. Short walk to the viewpoint.

Pittock Mansion offers a one of kind view of downtown Portland. This is a historic site that allows public access throughout the day and night. Parking is available at Pittock until 9pm but if you wish to visit the grounds after hours you can park at the bottom of the driveway, walk around the gate, and walk for about 1000ft to the top. If you do go at night make sure to bring a flashlight, as the walk up is dark.

Photo Settings:

Sunset:
F13, 5 sec shutter, White Balance - Cloudy

Nighttime Cityscape:
F13, 25 sec shutter, White Balance - Tungsten

Both shots were taken in full manual and on a tripod. Choosing an f stop of 13 will allow a large depth of field to keep all of the objects in the image in focus. From there, choose the appropriate shutter speed that allows for the shot to have the best exposure. Lastly, the choice of the White Balance is up to the shooter. For the sunset photo, the cloudy WB was chosen to bring out the colors. For the night shot the Tungsten WB was used to give the building lights a bluish look.

Tip: If you plan on using editing software make sure to use a RAW image format to allow for the most flexibility when editing.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Flashlight
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I made my way up to Pittock Mansion after wandering along many of the connecting trails below. I was caught off guard by all the people, but it didn't feel too crowded. There were picnic tables and plenty of green space to spread out a blanket. It was a sunny day and I got some great pictures of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood!

12 months ago
12 months ago

It's a great place to visit especially during sunrise, sunsets or at night time if you want to photograph a different perspective of Portland. I enjoyed going their at night. However, you can't park there past 9 pm I believe, but you can park at the trailhead which is farther away or park on streets at the gate and walk up.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a great suggestion for photography! Be sure to bring your tripod to get crisp shots at sunset.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This overlook is great for taking pictures of downtown Portland. It can get a bit crowded at times, especially in the evening, but you will still be able to take pictures. You can also check out the mansion if you are so inclined.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This spot is great in the morning for a sunrise, at night for a sunset, or even later in the night to see the city lights. Any time of day and this is still a great spot. Easy to access via the road and parking lot right near the spot. Highly recommend!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

If you time this correctly with the weather, a morning visit during sunrise can be all time. Looking out across the cityscape and seeing a snow capped Mount Hood is priceless. Sunset isn't bad either, just sayin ;)

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I stopped here for a sunrise in late March and it was epic. The view of the city with Mt. Hood in the background is probably one of my favorite city views.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

I didn't have any luck either getting Hood to show... but it was still a really cool spot. I'll try again!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Such a bummer that Portland was having a smoggy day when we hiked up here (Wildwood Trail). But the view was still amazing! Definitely want to come back and actually check out the mansion, it was closed when we arrived.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Jameson Jones Explorer

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I like to spend time outdoors and bring along my camera. I like pizza. My favorite color is blue.

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