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 Home for more general information on hikes & rambles, including explanation of terms and abbreviations used.

Hike/Ramble/Walks Calendar
Month Days (select a day)
JAN 12 18 25
FEB 1 8 15 16 22
MAR 1 8 15 22 29
APR 3 5 10 12 17 19 20 24 26

JAN | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Sandra J.
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JAN 12 - MEETING: Hike & Ramble Planning Meeting - Summer 2018
TIME: 9:00a - 11:00a AT: Palisades (Santiam Room)
Please join us from 9:00am to 11:00am to plan the hikes & rambles for Summer 2018 ( May thru Aug).
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JAN 18 - Hike/Ramble Lake Oswego Skylands (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Diane B.,Terry M. Hike: 5 mi. 850 ft.; Ramble: 3 mi. 300 ft. Weather permitting, choose either the hike (on some forest paths but mostly asphalt) or the ramble (on roads). Both groups will meet for snacks at a surprise hiker's home. (Lunch is on your own.)
Drive: 4 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:00 AM, lower George Rogers Park ($1/$0)
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JAN 25 - Winter Ramble PDX churches (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Jane L.,Sue B. 3 - 4 mi. 100 ft. Walking Tour of old churches, temples in downtown Portland with information provided about architecture, current use, etc.
Drive: 22 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a Meet at Heathman Hotel (near SW Broadway & SW Salmon St.) ($3 + Parking fees for downtown Portland)

FEB | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Joan B.
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FEB 01 - Winter Ramble Cook Park, Ki-a-Kuts Bridge, Tualatin Community Park (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Jan M. 4.5 mi. flat Enter tree-lined trail into Cook Park. Trails go past soccer fields, butterfly garden, wetlands restoration. Cross the Ki-a-Kuts Bridge over the Tualatin River to Tualatin Community Park. Wear boots for mud. Poles suggested.
Drive: 14 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a From Durham Road turn onto SW 108th Ave. Meet at Trailhead where SW 108th Ave "curves" into SW Tualatin Dr. Use street parking on 108th Ave. ($2/$0)
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FEB 08 - Winter Ramble Mt Tabor (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Helen H. 3 mi. 200 ft. Explore a remnant volcanic cinder cone. Weather permitting, enjoy views of Portland.
Drive: 40 mi. PAL 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($4)
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FEB 15 - Winter Ramble Lake Oswego Iron Heritage (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Sharon H. 4 mi. 100 ft. Explore several Lake Oswego parks and history while ambling near the Willamette River. Back to the cars and a covered area for lunch.
Drive: 5 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a at Foothills Park in Lake Oswego ($1/$0)
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FEB 16 - MEETING: 2018 Leader Forum
TIME: 9:00a - 11:00a AT: Palisades (Santiam Room)
2018 Leader Forum, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Santiam room. Interested in leading or co-leading or you just want to know how it all works before making that decision? Join us for this fun-filled event.
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FEB 22 - Winter Ramble Eagles of The Dalles (Columbia Gorge)
Leader: Dolores R. 3 mi. flat View eagles at The Dalles Dam, the falls of 15 Mile Creek, and the remnants of the Seifert Fish Cannery.
Drive: 170 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($17/$11)

MAR | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Becky R.
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MAR 01 - Winter Ramble Powell Butte (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Jim & Gretchen Y. 4 - 5 mi. 350 ft. Walk on top of 100 million gallons of water while exploring some of the nine miles of trail at the nature center.
Drive: 40 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a CFM ($4/$2)
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MAR 08 - Winter Ramble Cooper Mtn Nature Park (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Linda F. 3 mi. 300 ft. Enjoy views of the Chehalem Mountains, forests, prairies, and oak woodlands. Also visit the nature center and demonstration garden.
Drive: 26 mi. PAL 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($3)
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MAR 15 - Winter Ramble Deschutes State Park (Columbia Gorge)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Terry M. 5 mi. 800 ft. Enjoy early spring flowers while walking along the Deschutes River to a 800 foot viewpoint overlooking rapids. Descend down a former stage coach road and then along a river-side trail.
Drive: 246 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($25/$19) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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MAR 22 - Winter Ramble Pearl District to Nob Hill in NW Portland (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Michael 4.5 mi. 100 ft. We will take the bus and streetcar to travel to NW Portland. Explore the Pearl District and Nob Hill--a modified version of Laura Foster's Nob Hill Loop that we've extended to include the new Nob Hill development; you will be amazed! Note: We are meeting at the LO Safeway at 9:15 am for the 9:25 am Portland-bound #35 Bus OR meet at 9:50 am in downtown Portland at Starbucks (in the US Bank Tower at 555 S.W. Oak Street).
Drive: 4.8 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a LO Safeway Bus Stop & 9:50 am in downtown Portland at Starbucks (in the US Bank Tower at 555 S.W. Oak Street). ($1/$0 + Bus Ticket)
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MAR 29 - Winter Ramble Maddax Woods (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Bee N.,Robina B. 3.5 mi. 300 ft. Walk through 5 parks through residential back streets and woodland. Many views over the Willamette River. May see herons on Goat Island. Only one steep section to walk up. (Lunch on your own.)
Drive: 12 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9.20a Maddax Woods on 5785 River Street, West Linn - limited parking ($2/$0)

APR | Coordinators: Tuesday Vicci M., Thursday Vicci M.
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APR 03 - Hike Catherine Creek-East Tracy Hill (Columbia Gorge)
Leader: Susan S. 4.5 mi. 1075 ft. Legendary for sunny skies, vast wildflower meadows, and scenic vistas. Climb steeply up East Tracy Hill for lunch on top with the Columbia River Gorge spread out below us. Be prepared for ticks and poison oak. Port-a-potty at trailhead.
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($16/$10 + $4 bridge tolls)

APR 03 - Ramble Catherine Creek (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Becky R.,Jane L. 4 - 5 mi. 700 ft. Visit Catherine Creek Arch, an old corral, and ponderosa pine parklands offering views of the Columbia River. Lauterbach Ranch, the property, which extends from Tracy Hill west to the Labyrinth, was purchased by the Trust for Public Land in 1985. This was one of the Forest Service's early purchases following the passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. We will take time to appreciate the many varieties of spring wildflowers.
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($16/$10 + $4 bridge tolls)
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APR 05 - Hike/Ramble Magness Memorial Tree Farm (Portland / Valley)
BOTH DEPART 8:30a
Leader: Val G. Hike: 5 mi. 775 ft.; Ramble: 3 mi. 775 ft. This early Spring hike and ramble on the southern slopes of Parrett Mountain in the Chehalem Hills. Start warming up our legs to a bit of elevation. Good trails as well as information about forest practices. View Boy Scout projects that have added value to the property now managed by the World Forestry Center.
Drive: 30 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($3/$2)
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APR 10 - Hike/Ramble Memaloose Hills (Columbia Gorge)
BOTH DEPART 8:00a
Leader: Barbara M. Hike: 4.5 mi. 575 ft.; Ramble: 4.5 mi. 575 ft. Starting at the I-84 Memaloose Rest Area, we will take the trail up to Memaloose Overlook on Hwy. 30, then cross the highway and follow the trail to Marsh Hill, back down and over to Chatfield Hill, then east, making a loop back to the rest area. Expect some beautiful wildflowers and views.
Drive: 160 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($16/$10)
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APR 12 - Hike Wind Mountain Plus (Columbia Gorge)
Leader: Terry M. 5 mi. 1300 ft. Enjoy spring flowers and spectacular views in the Gorge from this former spiritual quest site. After descending Wind Mountain, hike the surrounding trails.
Drive: 120 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($12/$6 + $4 toll bridge)

APR 12 - Ramble Ainsworth Linear Arboretum (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Linda F. 4 mi. flat Ainsworth Linear Arboretum is unique among US arboretums. It spans more than 30 city blocks and includes more than 60 different species of street trees--both existing approved city street trees and trees being tested in actual street conditions. Trees were planted by Friends of Trees, property owners, and the City of Portland Urban Forestry program.
Drive: 30 mi. PAL 8:30a, No 2nd meeting place ($3)
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APR 17 - Hike Shellburg Falls (Santiam Foothills)
Leader: Kathy B. 5.6 mi. 850 ft. Also in a State Forest, this hike has fewer crowds than Silver Falls State Park, easy access and striking views of three waterfalls: Shellburg Falls at 100', lower Shellburg at 40' and a peek of Stassel Falls at 125' of height. There should be plenty of water in April! The trail goes behind Shellburg Falls and is hard-packed gravel, with bridges and stone stairs. Adam Sawyer's book, "Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon" describes the hike as moderate.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a WT ($14/$13)

APR 17 - Ramble Wilson River Trail (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Don & Linda G. 7 mi. 600 ft. Beginning at the Tillamook Forest Center, we'll go downstream along the Wilson River and cross Cedar Creek (log bridge with handrail). Continuing west, we'll pass Wilson Falls, go across the footbridge and follow Bridge Creek a short distance to visit Bridge Creek Falls. We will return along the same trail. Currently the Tillamook Forest Center is closed on Tuesdays.
Drive: 100 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($10/$8)
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APR 19 - Hike/Ramble Weldon Wagon (Columbia Gorge)
BOTH DEPART 8:30a
Leaders: Jeanine T.,Anneliese E. Hike: 5 mi. 1200 ft.; Ramble: 5 mi. 1200 ft. Follow the wagon trail used by 19th century farmers to get produce to market. View wildflowers and the Gorge.
Drive: 140 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($14/$8 + $4 toll bridge)
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APR 20 - MEETING: Hike & Ramble Planning Meeting - Fall 2018
TIME: 9:00a - 11:00a AT: Palisades (Santiam Room)
Please join us from 9:00a to 11:00a to plan the hikes & rambles for Fall 2018 ( Sep thru Nov).
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APR 24 - Hike/Ramble Mosier Plateau (Columbia Gorge)
BOTH DEPART 8:00a
Leaders: Becky R.,Helen H. Hike: 4 mi. 800 ft.; Ramble: 4 mi. 800 ft. The trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek through the community’s Pocket Park, and ends on Mosier Plateau, which is owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust. This trail is part of the "Gorge Towns to Trails" project, a comprehensive trail system that links the communities of the Columbia Gorge. The trail was completed in the summer of 2013. Over 30 different species of flowers have been counted here.
Drive: 150 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($15/$9)
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APR 26 - Hike Silver Falls (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Mickie C. 7.1 mi. 600 ft. A loop trail along scenic Silver Creek. View 10 waterfalls--from the 27 ft. Delicate Falls to the dramatic 178 ft. South Falls. Wildflowers should be in bloom along parts of the trail.
Drive: 130 mi. PAL 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a WT ($13/$12) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.

APR 26 - Ramble Camassia High Meadow (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Kathi N. 2.2 - 3 mi. 390 ft. The Camassia Natural Area has been managed as a natural preserve. Follow the trail to a Basalt rim, into a grassy amphitheater, then down to a pond. See Common Camas, Blue Eyed Mary, and Western Buttercups as well as Madrones. (Possibility of poison oak too.) The rocky plateau was exposed 12,000 to 19,000 years ago when the Bretz Floods came down the gorge to the Willamette Valley.
Drive: 10 mi. PAL 8:30a, No 2nd meeting place ($1)


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