Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Hikes and Rambles

Welcome to our Tuesday and Thursday series of day hikes and rambles, most within two hours of Lake Oswego. Review below calendar for recent and future events. See More Info for more general information on hikes & rambles, including explanation of terms and abbreviations used.

Hike/Ramble/Walks Calendar
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AUG 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31
SEP 5 7 12 14 15 19 21 26 28
OCT 3 5 10 12 17 19 24 26 31
NOV 2 7 9 16
Please check the latest updates below for any changes due to wildfires.

AUG | Coordinators: Tuesday Val G., Thursday Jill H.
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AUG 01 - Hike Mt Hood Meadows Loop (Mt Hood - East)
Leader: Yvonne J. 6.5 mi. 600 ft. Beautiful Trail near Mt Hood Meadows ski area with wildflowers and waterfalls.
Scout Report: Yvonne says; Beautiful wildflower hike up the umbrella falls trail to a beautiful view of Mt. Jefferson and across the Timberline trail crossing several creeks and outstanding views. 6.5 miles approx. And 600 ft. Elevation gain.
Drive: 136 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($14/$11) NWFP required.

AUG 01 - Ramble Umbrella Falls / Sahalie Falls Loop (Mt Hood - East)
Changes: Ramble location, mi. & elev. Drive mi.
Leader: Maureen B. 4.4 mi. 800 ft. ( see Scout Report )
Scout Report: Maureen says; Distance 4.4 miles Elevation 800 feet
I was unable to scout PCT hike due to snow so substituted this incredibly beautiful hike instead. Tons of flowers, water in the falls and view of Mt Hood. There are several places that one needs to step over a stream and one short steep section. We will travel at a rambling pace. Mostly sunny exposure.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($14/$11) NWFP required.
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AUG 03 - Hike A Marriage of Salmon River Trails (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Hike location & elev. Drive mi. & $
Leader: Nicole R. 7 mi. 400 ft. ( see Scout Report )
Scout Report: Nicole says; Ramona Falls has a dangerous river crossing so we're going to the Salmon River instead. We start on the Old Salmon River trail (near the rock climbers) and pass old-growth trees and small sandy beaches with deep green pools. Then onto the middle Salmon River trail where we turn around at the Wilderness sign. A shady lunch is by the river. A delicious 7-mile hike along the river gains just 400 feet of elevation. Bring poles!
Drive: 100 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($10/$8) NWFP required.

AUG 03 - Ramble Shellrock Mt. (Mt Hood - East)
Changes: Drive mi. & $.
Leader: Barbara M. 3.8 mi. 380 ft. Starting at Gibson Prairie Horsecamp, take a connector trail to the Surveyors Ridge Trail, go south on the Surveyors Ridge Trail to the saddle with Shellrock Mt, and then go 1/4 mile on a game/use trail up to the top of Surveyors Ridge. We should see some mariposa lilies and scarlet gilia as well as great views of Mt. Hood and the upper Hood River valley.
Scout Report: Barbara says; Starting at the trailhead just past Gibson Prairie Horse Camp. east of Hwy. 35, we will hike south on Surveyors Ridge trail for 1.7 miles, then hike off trail for 0.2 miles to the top of Shellrock Mt. Surveyors Ridge is a very well-maintained trail; though we may meet some mountain bikers, I've found them to be careful & polite. I've marked the off-trail part with orange ribbon, cleared branches, and dug out some steps, but it does get a little steep at the top-boots & poles definitely recommended. You can choose not to do the last part. Scarlet gilia & mariposa lilies were blooming when I scouted it-hope some will still be blooming. Great views of Hood, St. Helens, Adams, and Rainier from the upper part. Distance is 3.8 mi. with 380 ft. elev. gain, high point 4444 ft
Drive: 190 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($19/$14)
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AUG 08 - Hike Cascade Head (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: Kathy B. 4.2 mi. 1200 ft. Beginning at the beautiful Salmon River estuary, we'll hike on Nature Conservancy Land through a coastal spruce forest, emerging onto windblown and wildflower strewn high meadows with sweeping coastal views to the south of Cape Foulweather and Devil's Lake. Butterflies, deer and elk are potential hiking companions!
Scout Report: Kathy says; 4.2 mi. 1200 ft. Beginning at the beautiful Salmon River estuary, we'll hike on Nature Conservancy Land through a coastal spruce forest, emerging onto windblown and wildflower strewn high meadows with sweeping coastal views to the south of Cape Foulweather and Devil's Lake. Butterflies, deer and elk are potential hiking companions! Bring sunscreen and sunglasses, hat and plenty of water! Much of the hike is full sun exposure, and can be windy. Trail has been improved: no more walking on the road, bridges added through forest segment and new gradual switchbacks at the summit. And no poison oak (: Superb views for magazine-quality photos.
DRIVE NOTES: Driving directions will be given out at the PAL signup by Sharon H. Hikers can choose their own route to the coast using either Rt 6 (44 mi south of Tillamook) or Rt 18 (3 mi north of Lincoln City). I will meet the group at Knight Park at 10:30 am. Parking is free and does not require any pass. Pit toilet at the trailhead, plan accordingly along your chosen driving route.
Drive: 170 mi. PAL 8:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($17)

AUG 08 - Ramble Lookout Mt (Mt Hood - East)
Changes: Drive mi.
Leader: Elaine M. 3 mi. 570 ft. Ramble at a moderate pace up through meadows & woods with rewards of wildflowers & increasingly spectacular views. The summit overlooks every Cascade peak from the Three Sisters to Mt Rainier.
Scout Report: Ramble at a moderate pace, with periodic stops, thru meadows, woods, & then a great array of viewpoints (including mountains from Rainier to the Sisters). The scout in earlier July made us feel that this was the best year ever for flowers up high (see Mickie's picture below). Then a later "family scout" found the penstemon gone but still lots of buckwheat, plus gorgeous lower meadows. And always great views! Plan on a bit longer lunch break on the summit to enjoy your surroundings. If you don't mind the weight, you might bring binoculars. The first time down required crossing a large snowbank; a path was melted thru the second time; & I'd be surprised if any snow remained now in the heat. (At this point, the temps for next week look reasonable. If something changes - like heat - we may look for options. But hopefully not!!).
Drive: 164 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($17/$14) NWFP required.
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AUG 10 - Hike Olallie Lake Scenic Area (ClackamasFtHills)
Changes: Hike mi. & elev. Drive mi. & $. Updated NEWS FLASH
Leader: Gilbert L. 7 mi. 730 ft. There is no hike on the west coast like this one -- with a snowcapped mountain, hundreds of lakes (all with clear water and most small enough to be warm by August), and arid like Central Oregon. From the north shore of Olallie Lake, we will hike west on the PCT and then south to Upper Lake (a great lunch stop and by mid-August the water is refreshing). We pass about 10 lakes, with half having a short off-trail trip with total privacy. We will continue south to the junction with the Ruddy Hill Trail. An option is to mount Ruddy Hill--90 ft. elevation gain and spectacular views. We then return by the same trails. The trail has fine volcanic dust of about half an inch. Recommend insect repellant, sunscreen, and dark glasses. Also prepare for refreshing lake play. Note: this is high country where there is the possibility (although remote) of rain and cold.
Scout Report: Gilbert says; The hike is 7 miles round trip with 730 ft. elevation gain. Hike is Easy. Just the car approach is long. From the north shore of Olallie Lake we will go west on PCT and then south. I talked with about 10 PCT through hikers. We shall walk past at least 36 lakes. Each are unique and absolutely gorgeous with clear water and breathtaking beauty. The return will consist of a lollipop using Tr 735 and Tr 719 discovering more lakes. The Bear Grass, Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, and other blooms of names I know not are all fresh and in their splendor. Recommend insect repellant, sunscreen, and dark glasses. The trail is in great shape. Time permitting, we'll wade in Upper Lake. It pleasant up to the knees. Also, this is high-country where rain and cold should be considered a possibility, although remote. Wish for a blue sky day. Consider a change of clothes for the ride home.
NEWS FLASH 2 (as of 8/6)! The hike's southern extent gets to within 3 miles of the Brightenbush Lake PCT area which is the northern PCT closure. The fire, however, is closer to Hwy 22 near Detroit Lake than from Olallie Lake. I do not expect there to be a problem from the fire or smoke due to the typical prevailing winds. The record high temperature weather spell we are experiencing may adversely affect the fire spread and direction, but personally I think it is low probability to interfere. The elevation of the hike should lower temperatures significantly in comparison to Portland. That all being said, the fire is not yet under control, I have an alternative hike north and east of Olallie Lake if needed. The scheduled hike is still planned a GO!
DRIVE NOTE: From Clackamas Fred Meyer it is 115 miles to the Trailhead on the northern shore of Olallie Lake. The last 1 mile of FSRD 4690 and 5 miles of the FSRD 4220 are gravel and there are some washboards and potholes but a regular car going slow will make it fine.
Drive: 270 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($27/$24) NWFP required.

AUG 10 - Ramble Lower Salmon River (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Claire L. 5 mi. 100 ft. A very scenic trail along the Salmon River, through one of the best old-growth forests in the northwest. Lunch at one of many serene, riverside spots--a cool option for August.
Scout Report: Claire says; Come and join us in this enchanted forest. The serpentine trail follows the river. It is cool and shady and at this time of the year the creeks that cross the trail are dry, so you won't get your feet wet unless its a rainy day. God forbid! This is one of my favorite trails . Except for the first hill, it is an easy trail- 5 miles 100 ft elevation gain.
Drive: 100 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($10/$8) NWFP required.
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AUG 15 - Hike Vista Ridge - Dollar Lake (Mt Hood - West)
EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30a
Leader: Rich C. 8.1 mi. 1700 ft. Hike up the Vista Ridge Trail through the Dollar Lake fire burnover to Wy-East Basin. Then on to Dollar Lake and a spectacular lunch site overlooking Elk Cove, Coe Glacier and Barrett Spur.
Scout Report: Rich says; The Dollar Lake Hike features use of the Vista Ridge trail on the Northern side of Mt. Hood. This trail was devastated by a 2011 fire that left approx. 13/14 mile of "burn-over". . Flowers on the 29 July scout were fantastic . Alas, this nasty heat wave has probably done in many of them! The view at lunch remains unparalleled with an overview of Elk Cove , central Oregon, the Coe Glacier, Barrett Spur, Pulpit rock, the Cloud Cap Inn and of course the mountain. This is an all day affair as the drive from Zigzag Ranger Station to the trailhead takes a good one hour fifteen minutes and features 10 plus miles of dirt roads; plus another 10 of slower going on sometimes very narrow paved roads. Like most Mt. Hood hikes, the last couple of miles is the payoff for the effort to get there. From the timberline trail (at Wy-East Basin) on, the scenery is outstanding. Be sure and bring both insect repellent and sun tan protection (the latter especially so as the 3 1/2 miles (up&down) of '"burn-over' doesn't offer much shade). 8.1mi(est).,1700 ft.
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 7:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:00a CFM ($16/$14) NWFP required.

AUG 15 - Ramble Little Crater Lake to Timothy Lake (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Elaine M. 5 mi. 150 ft. This is our fifth annual ramble on this route with the likelihood of meeting thru-hikers (often 5 or 6, but 16 last year). After viewing picturesque Little Crater Lake, we follow the Pacific Crest Trail through the woods with lake views, to meet our shuttle driver at Timothy Lake.
Scout Report: Elaine says; 5 miles/150 ft elevation change. Our fifth annual ramble on this PCT route will hopefully again let us meet thru-hikers. We've already heard that they had excessive snow to get around in the Sierras and now we'll ask about their challenges getting around fires. The route is relatively level and in the woods with periodic small ups & downs. After first viewing Little Crater Lake, we'll eventually hike along the Timothy shore. As usual, my main warning is that the last part seems long (thru woods with no lake views) until we leave the PCT and head down to the Oak Fork campground to meet our shuttle. And just in case there's a heat problem, there's an option for the shuttle to pick hikers or drivers up earlier from a forest road that parallels part of the PCT. We'll hope for good conditions.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($14/$12) NWFP required. Car Shuttle.
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AUG 17 - Hike Big Huckleberry Mt (SW Washington)
Changes: Hike mi. & elev. NWFP required
Leader: Terry M. 6.7 mi. 1400 ft. Hike the PCT through second growth Douglas Fir, skirting the Wind River Experimental Forest to summit the 4200-ft Big Huckleberry Mt. On a clear day, there will be views of Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and the Big Lava Beds.
Scout Report: Terry says; 6.7 miles 1400 ft elevation gain (elevation at start: 2800 ft elevation at top of Big Huckleberry: 4200 ft.) Hike on the PCT skirting Wind River Experimental Forest ;a quite, shady forest of second growth fir and hemlock with an understory of vine maple and thimbleberry. Once on the ridge, views of Mt Hood will peek through the tree openings. Our destination is a former lookout station with views of Mt Adams and the Big Lava beds. The trail is very well maintained with a needle carpeted path. Poles are suggested for footing on the down hills.
Drive: 155 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($16/$10 + $4.00 toll bridge per car) NWFP required.

AUG 17 - Ramble Newton Creek (Mt Hood - East)
Leader: Sharon H. 3 mi. 200 ft. This follows an almost level wooded trail from Elk Meadows all the way to Newton Creek. Lupine flowers and huckleberries should be ripe. Leisurely lunch at the creek. Return along the raging creek.
Scout Report: Sharon says; This will be an easy in-and-out ramble, crossing a bridge over Clark Creek and then moseying on to the banks of Newton Creek. We may meander up a trail above the creek or pick our way along the creek or just sit for a leisurely lunch and enjoy the view. The basic walk is 3 miles with 200 feet gain.
Drive: 130 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11) NWFP required.
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AUG 22 - Hike High Lake (ClackamasFtHills)
Changes: Drive Mi.
Leaders: Val G.,Penney H. 7 mi. 2200 ft. Ridegecrest trail with views climbs to a quiet mountain lake.
Scout Report: Val says; The lake is your reward! Flowers few and far between. Ranger assures me that the 22 logs going up will still be there. He says the good news is that the logs keep the trail from being over-crowded. Wear swimsuit, bring lots of water, poles advised. Mostly shaded. To avoid uphill after lunch, we may eat at a viewpoint, then head to the lake for water, dessert, relaxing. This hike is moderate+ in difficulty. Reserve the right to change due to weather or traffic conditions. 7 miles, 2200' elevation gain. DRIVE NOTE: Less than 3 miles on decent gravel road. High clearance vehicle not necessary.
Drive: 120 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($12/$10)

AUG 22 - Ramble Reed Canyon (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble location, Mi. & Elev. Drive Mi & $
Leader: Helen H. 2 - 3 mi. ? ft. ( See Scout Report. )
Scout Report: Helen says; Because of the potential for a traffic nightmare due to the total eclipse, I made the change. The hiking mileage is 2 to 3 miles. Reed College describes Reed Canyon as a 28 acre urban oasis. It was declared a wildlife refuge by the state of Oregon in 1913. NOTE: 3rd meeting location is at is Crystal Springs Parking Lot at 9:30am, $0
Drive: 17 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($2/$2)
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AUG 24 - Hike Larch Mountain Crater (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Hike Location, Mi. & Elev. Drive Mi. & $.
Leader: Linda F. 6.4 mi. 1300 ft. ( See Scout Report. )
Scout Report: Linda says; Distance: 6.4 Mi loop Elevation gain: 1300 ft
Due to trailhead closure, change is necessary. This hike provides a panoramic viewpoint with the opportunity to see 5 peaks. It is a moderate loop that explores a huge old-growth forest and a mossy creek hidden in the throat of the old volcano.
Drive: 92 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($9/$5) NWFP required.

AUG 24 - Ramble Timberline Lodge West (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Doug H. 3 mi. 300 ft. Ramble the trails near Timberline Lodge, as well as visit the lodge. There is some chance of seeing through hikers on the PCT.
Scout Report: Doug says; 3 mi 300ft. Ramble the trails near Timberline Lodge: Mountaineer and PCT. Can be great views and wild flowers. Last year we met 8 thru-hikers. Dress for expected weather. Start at 6000 ft. Bring oxygen and sticks if you usually use them. NOTE: Meet below Day Lodge.
Drive: 130 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11)
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AUG 29 - Hike Soda Peaks Lake (Mt Hood - East)
EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30a Changes: Hike location, Leader, hike Mi. & Elev. Drive Mi. & $.
Leader: Val G. 4.4 mi. 1300 ft. ( See Scout Report. )
Scout Report: Val says; 4.4 miles, 1300 ft elevation gain Come 'jump in the lake'! Too hot for a long lake hike so we will leave early, have a short hike with swim @ lunch. No bugs as the heat took care of them. I guarantee the lake temp will be 'just right'.
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 7:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a L&C ($16/$10)

AUG 29 - Ramble Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls (Mt Hood - East)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a Changes: Ramble Location, Mi. & Elev. Drive Mi. & $.
Leader: Barbara M. 4.4 mi. 520 ft. ( See Scout Report. )
Scout Report: Barbara says; We will be doing Eagle Creek to Punchbowl Falls and back. A beautiful trail, amazingly built 100 years ago, with many views of the creek, beautiful ferns and trees and rocky cliffs. Wildflowers are mostly past, but I saw quite a few Siberian miner's lettuce and one Penstemon when I scouted it. We'll hike to the viewpoint above Punchbowl Falls, then back to the side trail down to the base of Punchbowl for lunch, then back the same way. It's about 4.4 miles, 520' cumulative elevation gain.
Drive: 100 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($10/$6) NWFP required.
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AUG 31 - Hike Cool Creek/Devil's Peak Lookout (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Michael Z.,Michael 6.2 mi. 3200 ft. Steep, mostly forested trail with Mt. Hood views! USFS says it is 6.2 miles to the retired Devil's Peak Fire Lookout (Sullivan says 8.2 miles). We will have two groups: one to the lookout and one to a ridge viewpoint (approx. 5 miles roundtrip). Both groups will meet at the ridge viewpoint for lunch. Poles suggested.
Scout Report: ( See Description. )
Drive: 94 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($10/$7)

AUG 31 - Ramble Dry Creek Falls (Columbia Gorge)
Changes: Mi. & Elev.
Leaders: Jim & Gretchen Y. 5 mi. 700 ft. An enjoyable ramble to a wrongly-named pretty falls. Prime time to run into thru hikers on the PCT. Optional stop for ice cream afterwards in Cascade Locks.
Scout Report: Jim says; This will be a very nice Ramble on parts of the PCT from Bridge of the Gods Trailhead. Scout was a perfect day, in and out of trees. Only one thru hiker going north to south as trail is closed due to fires. 5 miles and 700 feet. Second meeting place at Lewis and Clark. $10/$4. NWFP needed.
Drive: 116 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($12/$6) NWFP required.

SEP | Coordinators: Tuesday Mickie C., Thursday Julia C.
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SEP 05 - Hike Butte Camp (SW Washington)
Changes: Leader
Leader: Gilbert L. 9 mi. 1500 ft. Within seconds of leaving the trailhead, you can see the entire route. The massive bulk of Mt. St Helens looms ahead, and just to the left lie the Twin Domes. The terrain varies all along the way.
Scout Report: ( See Description )
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($16/$13)

SEP 05 - Ramble Swan Island Dahlias (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble mi. Additional 2nd meeting.
Leaders: Sharon & Bob W. 2.7 - 3.7 mi. 70 ft. Tour our own world-famous Dahlia Farm in Canby at the peak of its blooming season. Afterwards, walk a loop through north Canby farmlands and neighborhoods.
Scout Report: Sharon says; Tour our own world-famous Dahlia farm in Canby at the peak of its blooming season. Afterwards, walk a loop through North Canby farmlands and neighborhoods. The loop is 3.7 miles, mostly flat, with a rest stop at the Westcott home. There is also a shortened option available at 2.7 miles.
The annual Dahlia show this year runs September 2, 3 and 4, from 10 AM to 6 PM. If you love Dahlias, or if you have any interest in adding these showy tubers to your own garden, don't miss coming down on one of the above official show days to see the hundreds of cut flower arrangements on display in the root cellar. It is a spectacular sight! You can also browse online www.dahlias.com.
Drive: 40 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place WT 8:45am or 9:00 AM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby ($4/$3)
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SEP 07 - Hike Keenig Creek (Coast/Coast Mts)
Changes: Hike mi. & elev.
Leader: Jeanine T. 6.5 mi. 1000 ft. Gentle rolling trail along Wilson River with steep hillsides, several stream crossings, cascading waterfalls, ferns, and diverse forest.
Scout Report: Jeanine says; A sweet walk in the woods. 6.5 mi, 1000' cumulative elevation. We'll start at Footbridge TH and proceed west toward Ryan Creek. Steep hillsides, stream crossings over new bridges, ferns and diverse forest.
Drive: 120 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($12/$10)

SEP 07 - Ramble Tryon Creek State Park (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble mi.
Leader: Vicci M. 4 - 5 mi. 200 ft. Bring poles and good shoes for a variety of trails in this local urban State Park.
Scout Report: Vicci says; 4 -5 miles, 200' elevation. Poles and sturdy boots are needed for this Ramble in Tryon Creek. We will walk on a variety of trails in the west end of the park, with lots of up-and-down hill movement. Weather forecast is quite warm so we will proceed slowly to enjoy the forest and creeks. We will finish by lunchtime but we will have a snack break mid-ramble.
Drive: 10 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00 Tryon Creek Nature Center, Friendship Circle Area. ($1/$0)
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SEP 12 - Hike ** CANCELED ** (n/a)
Changes: Hike CANCELED!
Leader: None mi. 0 ft. !! Hike CANCELED !!
Pleaser consider the " Timberline East / Silcox Hut" Ramble.
Drive: mi. PAL n/a, 2nd meeting place n/a ($0/$0) required.

SEP 12 - Ramble Timberline East / Silcox Hut (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Doug & Sharon H. 2.5 - 4.7 mi. 400 / 1000 ft We will head up and east from Timberline Lodge. Some will go to the White River overlook and environs, while others head up one mile and 1000 feet to the fabled Silcox Hut.
Scout Report: Sharon says; Our basic ramble starting from Timberline Lodge will meander up to the PCT and take us over to the east for an overview of the the White River Canyon and continue down as far as folks want to go before returning, for a max of 2.5 miles round trip and 400 feet elevation gain. There will be plenty of time following for lunch on the back deck of the Lodge and revisiting the inside.

If conditions permit (air quality, heat, etc. not too extreme) we offer the optional opportunity to work your way up to Silcox Hut instead of going to the White River overlook. This one is 2.2 miles rt with a little over 1000 feet gain. The hut is not open, but one can eat lunch just outside. Since the regular hike has been cancelled, some hikers may wish to do this option or combine the 2 pieces at a faster rate. I ask that you let me know if you are interested in going up to Silcox Hut. Please email me ( Dough & Sharon ) so that we can be prepared.
Drive: 125 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$10)
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SEP 14 - Hike Burnt Lake (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Hike location, Mi. & Elev. Drive Mi. & $. Change 2nd meeting from L&C (closed due to fire) to CFM.
Leader: Terry M. 6.6 mi. 1420 ft. Due to the Eagle Creek fire, Terry M will lead a hike to Burnt Lake. This a 6.6 mile hike to a mountain lake on the Western side of Mt Hood . The trail follows a tree shaded creek. The lake received its name from a 1906 fire. If it is hot, it is a great place for a dip in the cool water. The elevation gain is 1420 ft with the trail head beginning at 2670 ft.
** below as of Sep 11 **
Thursday’s second meeting place changed to Clackamas Fred Meyer. With the closure of I-84, Lewis and Clark state park is closed. The second meeting place for the Burnt Lake hike will be at Clackamas Fred Meyer at 8:30.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($14/$9) NWFP required.

SEP 14 - Ramble Cannon Beach (Coast/Coast Mts)
Changes: Ramble location, Mi. & Elev. Driver Mi. & $. Location of 2nd meeting.
Leaders: Dave & Toni B. 1 - 2 mi. flat ( see Scout Report )
Scout Report: Dave & Toni say: Because of the fires ,we decided that it was too smoky so we have changed our ramble to a safer location. Toni and I will be leading a ramble at Cannon Beach. The distance of the ramble will be 1 to 2 miles. The air quality while we were there was clear and smoke free! There are a lot of shops and restaurants, the hikers can either eat at one of these or simply take their lunch with them and eat at the beach! We hope that the hikers will come with us and enjoy the clean air.
Drive: 180 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($18/$16)
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SEP 15 - MEETING: Hike & Ramble Planning Meeting - Winter/Spring 2018
TIME: 9:00a AT: Palisades (Santiam Room)
Please join us from 9:00a to 11:00a to plan the hikes & rambles for Winter/Spring 2018.
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SEP 19 - Hike Bald Mtn to Cairn Basin Hike (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Hike Location, mi. & elev. Drive mi. & $.
Leader: Gilbert L. 9.1 mi. 1788 ft. The hike is along the Timberline Tr 600 just touching the PTC Tr 2000 at the start. After Bald Mtn, the trail follows a ridge to the high alpine meadows and then traverses to a large near-level Cairn Basin. With blue sky weather, there are breath taking views of flowered meadows, melting snow, Glaciers (Glisan, Ladd, Coe), and the rugged north-northwest face of Mt. Hood. There is an optional 3 mile loop around Cairn Basin that touches the Vista Ridge Trail.
Scout Report: Lee says: Post scouting Bald Mtn to Cairn Basin: Forest fire smoke in the valley of Zigzag Ranger Station, but higher up it was clear. At summit of the hike, sad but revealing close up of the Eagle Creek fire. We were lucky the smoke was going north-west. Mt Adams was enveloped while Hood was clear. If the weather and wind place us at risk on the 19th, I will go to each pick-up site and cancel the hike. This is a beautiful hike and should not be spoiled.9.1 miles 1,788 feet elevation gain.
Drive: 104 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($11/$9) NWFP required.

SEP 19 - Ramble Tamanawas Falls Loop (Mt Hood - East)
Changes: Ramble mi. & elev. Drive mi. & $
Leader: Barbara M. 4.2 mi. 700 ft. Starting at the Polallie Trailhead, we will hike to Tamanawas Falls, then back along Cold Spring Creek to junction with East Fork Trail, then back to the Polallie Trailhead. Beautiful waterfall and creek, and probably some nice vine maple color.
Scout Report: Barbara says; The last 0.3 miles of the trail to Tamanawas Falls is blocked by a huge rockfall (which the Forest Service says is impassable, though I saw quite a few people climbing over it when I scouted it-- I decided not to try it). We can still do the loop, though, and the views of Cold Spring Creek and the E. Fork Hood River under towering basalt cliffs are still beautiful. Starting at the Polallie trailhead, we will hike the Elk Meadows trail to the Tamanawas Tie Trail, which joins the main Tamanawas Falls trail just before it is blocked by the rockfall. We will continue on the Tamanawas Falls trail, which follows Cold Spring Creek, then turn north on the E. Fork trail which will take us back to our cars. Distance is about 4.2 miles, elevation gain about 700'.
Drive: 158 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($16/$13) NWFP required.
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SEP 21 - Hike Tom Dick and Harry (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Hike Leaders.
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 6.5 mi. 1710 ft. Hike to Mirror Lake and then continue up to the top of Tom Dick and Harry. The first couple of miles are relatively flat but then there is some relatively steep uphill. The reward is a wonderful view of Mt Hood. Poles are recommended.
Scout Report: ( See Description. )
Drive: 120 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($12/$10) NWFP required.

SEP 21 - Ramble Middle Salmon River (Mt Hood - West)
Changes: Ramble mi. & elev. Drive mi.
Leaders: Sharon & Bob W. 4 mi. 400 ft. A pleasant walk along the Salmon River, through old growth forest to the edge of the Salmon/Huckleberry Wilderness.
Scout Report: Sharon & Bob say; Ramble along the Salmon River through shady, old growth forest, with some ups and downs, to a lovely lunch spot. Hike is 4 miles round trip, 400 feet cumulative elevation gain.
Drive: 100 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($10/$8) NWFP required.
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SEP 26 - Hike Cascade Locks to Dry Creek / Herman Creek Pinnacles (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 7.5 mi. 1000 ft. From the Bridge of the Gods Trailhead, hike the PCT to the Herman Creek Pinnacles, an unusually shaped formation, and a nearby tiered waterfall. On the return, we'll take a detour to Dry Creek Falls.
Drive: 104 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($11/$4) NWFP required.

SEP 26 - Ramble White River (Mt Hood - East)
Leader: Elaine M. 3 - 3.5 mi. 350 ft. This ramble, with Mt Hood ahead & White River below us, gives us a chance to explore a spectacular area usually only traversed as a winter ski or snowshoe. We'll ramble uphill at a gentle pace and have lunch at our chosen viewpoint.
Drive: 134 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($14/$11)
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SEP 28 - Hike Bonney Butte (Mt Hood - East)
LATE DEPARTURE 8:30a
Leader: Val G. 8 mi. 1300 ft. Hike to this popular site from Boulder Lake to an alpine meadow. This former forest lookout has stunning views of the Cascades. Hopefully raptors will greet us they have as in the past.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($14/$12) NWFP required.

SEP 28 - Ramble Manzanita (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: June B. 4 - 6 mi. flat Join a local leader and hiking group to walk around the lovely town of Manzanita and along its beach.
Drive: 182 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($19/$16)

OCT | Coordinators: Tuesday Sandra J., Thursday Anneliese E.
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OCT 03 - Hike Indian Racetrack (SW Washington)
Leader: Mickie C. 5 mi. 700 ft. Hike through second growth forest to a former autumn gathering place of NW tribes, who raced hores in the meadow. Possible add-on up Red Mountain to a fire lookout (adds 1.6 mi. + 705 ft.).
Drive: 157 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($16/$10 + $4 bridge tolls)

OCT 03 - Ramble Upper Cape Horn (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Sharon H.,Elaine M. 4 mi. 870 ft. We will amble slowly up the hill from the parking lot to several outstanding viewpoints of the Gorge. Lunch will be at the Nancy Russell Overlook, where we can contemplate what a treasure we have in our backyard. After lunch we descend to the Hwy 14 tunnel, where drivers will be shuttled back to the parking lot for their cars. Boots and poles recommended.
Drive: 90 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a AWHD ($9/$4) Car Shuttle.
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OCT 05 - Hike Dickey Creek Trail (ClackamasFtHills)
Leader: Linda F. 11.8 mi. 2200 ft. Trail #553 is another route into the heart of Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area. It passes through deep forests and then climbs to a ridge.
Drive: 125 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($13/$10)

OCT 05 - Ramble Powell Butte Nature Trails (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Jim & Gretchen Y. 5 mi. 200 ft. Explore a new park on top of 100 million gallons of water! We will do some of the 9 miles of trails within the park.
Drive: 46 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($5/$2)
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OCT 10 - Hike Lewis River Falls (SW Washington)
Leaders: Yvonne J.,Kathy B. 7 mi. 500 ft. The Lewis River thunders over three major waterfalls along this riverbank path. The Lower Falls plunges into a huge green pool. Copper Creek does a double-humped waterslide into the Lewis River before you come upon the Middle Falls, a 100 foot-long milky veil. A bridge over Alec Creek takes you to a view of the Upper Falls, which can be reached by a side trail to look down over the 80 foot cascade's lip.
Drive: 212 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($22/$18) NWFP required.

OCT 10 - Ramble Banks-Vernonia State Trail (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: Helen H. 6 mi. 100 ft. From Buxton Trailhead, we walk along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail for three miles. On our return we will cross the Buxton Trestle and return to the cars by the equestrian bypass.
Drive: 40 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($4/$2) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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OCT 12 - Hike/Ramble Silver Falls (Salem / Valley)
BOTH DEPART 8:30a
Leaders: Barbara M.,Anneliese E. Hike: 6.6 mi. 200 ft., Ramble: 4.2 mi. 200 ft. Starting at the South Falls trailhead, ramblers will travel the Rim, Winter, and Canyon Trails--with views of 7 waterfalls along the way. Hikers will do an additional 2.4 mile loop to North Falls.
Drive: 130 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($13/$12) OR State Park Pass required.
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OCT 17 - Hike Maple - Wildwood Loop (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Michael 8.4 mi. 1080 ft. A popular ridge hike that covers the central part of Forest Park and basically loops around the main bike and pedestrian Lief Erikson Drive (we cross it three times and walk on it for a short distance). Most of the elevation is on the hike up to Lief Erikson Drive. The hike starts at the Lower Salzman Road Trailhead off Hwy 30.
Drive: 40 mi. PAL 8:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($4)

OCT 17 - Ramble Vedanta Shrines (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Becky R. 3 mi. 100 ft. Vedanta is a Hindu Retreat in a beautiful forest with eight unique wooden shrines dedicated to some of the world's major religions. The Society welcomes visitors to enjoy this sylvan retreat as long as they are respectful of the area.
Drive: 60 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($6/$4)
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OCT 19 - Hike Wauna View Point (Columbia Gorge)
LATE DEPARTURE 8:30a
Leader: Val G. 6.2 - 8 mi. 1150 ft. Right in our own gorge, this lovely hike has all the signs and scents of Fall in the Columbia Gorge. Come explore its beauty and enjoy this 'close to home' venue.
Drive: 102 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($11/$4) NWFP required.

OCT 19 - Ramble Cooks Butte (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Sharon H. 3 - 4 mi. 300 ft. Wander through local neighborhoods. Walk past ​Lakeridge High School and up the hill to the top of Cooks Butte, returning through the woods. An extra mile around Stevens Meadow is an option before returning to cars.
Drive: 5 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45 Hazelia Field 17800 Stafford Rd, LO ($1/$0)
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OCT 24 - Hike Oxbow Park (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Jaska T. 5.5 mi. 500 ft. Enjoy a fall hike through forests along the bank of the Sandy River, and up on a ridge loop to a river overlook.
Drive: 60 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($6/$4 + $5 entrance fee per car.)

OCT 24 - Ramble Errol Heights / Ardenwald (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leader: Helen H. 3 mi. 50 ft. Starting at Errol Heights Park, we will wander through the Tideman-Johnson Natural Area and the Ardenwald neighborhood. This walk is featured on Oregon Metro's "Walk There" website.
Drive: 20 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30 AM, SE 45th and Crystal Springs Blvd, Portland. ($2/$0)
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OCT 26 - Hike * NOT SCHEDULED * (..)
Leader: None mi. 0 ft. NO HIKE scheduled, please join us for the "Minto Brown Island via Salem Riverfront" Ramble today.
Drive: mi. PAL , No 2nd meeting place ($0)

OCT 26 - Ramble Minto Brown Island via Salem Riverfront (Salem)
Leader: Linda F. 5 mi. flat Walk across the new Peter Courtney footbridge (which crosses the Willamette Slough) from Salem Riverfront Park to Minto Brown Island Park, then explore the park that spreads out over 1,200 acres of lush, open, and wooded areas.
Drive: 94 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($10/$8)
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OCT 31 - Hike/Ramble Mount Talbert (Portland / Valley)
BOTH DEPART 9:00a
Leaders: Elaine M.,Jaska T. Hike: 5.5 mi. 400 ft., Ramble: 4 mi. 400 ft. Enjoy a close-in woodsy walk on this extinct volcanic butte. We'll hike through oak savannahs, listen and look for birds, and have an opportunity (if desired) to explore a cave (bring flashlight). Lunch will be back at the trailhead/parking lot or at any local restaurant of your choice (area of Clackamas Town Center).
Drive: 27 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a CFM ($3/$1) required.

NOV | Coordinators: Tuesday Sandra J., Thursday Anneliese E.
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NOV 02 - Hike/Ramble Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge (Columbia Gorge)
BOTH DEPART 9:00a
Leader: Dolores R. Hike: 3 mi. flat, Ramble: 3 mi. flat Explore the wildlife refuge. View distant mountains and see migrating birds and water fowl.
Drive: 80 mi. PAL 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($8/$0)
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NOV 07 - Hike/Ramble South Tryon Creek (Portland / Valley)
BOTH DEPART 9:00a
Leaders: Doug & Sharon H. Hike: 4 mi. 300 ft., Ramble: 4 mi. 300 ft. Wander up the South Creek trail and loop around the upper plateau to the Nature Center and back to cars. We will take a snack break and be back at the cars by lunchtime.
Drive: 6 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:10 AM, Atwater Road near Andrews Road, Lake Oswego. ($1/$0)
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NOV 09 - Hike/Ramble Mary S Young Park (Portland / Valley)
BOTH DEPART 9:00a
Leader: Doug H. Hike: 3 mi. 200 ft., Ramble: 3 mi. 200 ft. Explore an area next to the Willamette River as we stroll through this lovely local park on well-maintained trails.
Drive: 9 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15 Mary S Young lower parking lot ($1/$0)
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NOV 16 - MEETING: END OF SEASON POTLUCK
TIME: 9:00a, 11:00a AT: Palisades (Santiam Room)
Appetizers and beverages beginning at 11:00, potluck dinner at 11:30. Guest speaker will be Steve Kruger, Executive Director of Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO), advocates for Oregon trails. Those who would like to participate in a pre-dinner neighborhood walk of 3-4 miles, drop off your potluck dishes between 8:45 and 9:00 and meet in the lobby at 9:00.


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