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)
Changes: Drive mi. & $. Hike mi & elev. 2n meeting time.
Leaders: Diane B.,Terry M. Hike: 5.2 mi. 910 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.)
Scout Report: Diane says; Terry will meet people at PAL but all sign ups will be at 2nd meet place, lower George Rogers Park before 9:00 am. Will we have a 3 mountain view day with horses in the meadow, turkeys, totems and moles? Or...will we be iced out as in the last 2 years? Diane will lead a 5.2 mile HIKE with 910' cumulative elevation gain, some forest paths but mostly asphalt. Terry will lead a 3 mile RAMBLE with 300 elevation gain around her Skyland neighborhood. Midway through the hike/ramble both groups will enjoy hot wassail and treats at Terry's house. Lunch is on your own. Drive: 0 mi. PAL 9:00a, or George Rogers before 9:00a ($0)
Drive: mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place before 9:00 AM, lower George Rogers Park ($0/$0)
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JAN 25 - Winter Ramble Portland Architectural Tour (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Initial meet at LO Transit Center, meeting times, bus fee added, NO drive mi. or $
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.
Scout Report: Jane says; Architectural tour of downtown Portland churches at 10 am downtown Portland. Leave Lake Oswego on the 9:30 bus from the Oswego Transit Center by Safeway. Fare is $1.25 for seniors. Leave time to find parking on the street. Arrive downtown about 10 a.m., exit on Salmon St. and walk west to the Heathman Hotel at 1001 SW Broadway. Heathman Hotel is also the second meeting place. We will begin our tour in SW Portland and end in NW Portland at St. Mary's Cathedral at 1770 NW Davis St. Copies of itinerary will be available. Lunch with friends downtown if interested.
Drive: 0 mi. Leave LO on the 9:30 bus from the Safeway Transit Center ($1.25 senior fare) Second meeting place Heathman Hotel.
Drive: mi. PAL no-meeting, 2nd meeting place 9:30a (bus leaves) LO Transit Center (by Safeway) AND 10;00a Meet at Heathman Hotel (near SW Broadway & SW Salmon St.) ($0/$0 + $2.50 Bus Fee; Senior All Day or $1.25 one way)

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.
Scout Report: Jan says; 4.5 mi. Leisurely round trip ramble on a flat paved trail. Walk begins in a Tigard neighborhood off Durham Road and enters the tree-lined Tigard Greenway Trail along the Tualatin River. Explore the trails in the park, walk past soccer fields, the butterfly garden, wetlands restoration, then cross the Ki-A-Kuts Bridge over the Tualatin River to Tualatin Community Park. Stop at Juanita Pohl Center to use the restrooms and warm up. Coffee is available by donation. Boots for mud and poles for any slippery spots. Return to cars. Optional: Drive to Symposium Coffee on Main Street in Tigard for coffee or a light lunch after the ramble. FYI: This ramble was scheduled to take place in January, 2017. We couldn't go as it turned out to be a snow day, so we are hoping for decent weather this year!
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. NOTE: we will NOT be using this Trailhead ($2/$0)
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FEB 08 - Winter Ramble Mt Tabor (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble elev., Drive mi. & $. Trailhead 2nd meeting
Leader: Helen H. 3 mi. 350 ft. Explore a remnant volcanic cinder cone. Weather permitting, enjoy views of Portland.
Scout Report: Helen says; The winter walk on Mt Tabor will be about 3 miles with 350 ft elevation. We will explore a remnant volcanic cinder cone. Weather permitting, we will enjoy views of Portland and Mt Hood. Bring boots and poles for the mud and slippery spots. Lunch is on your own.
Drive: 30 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a Mt Tabor main parking lot, SE Mt Tabor Dr. (near Crater Amphiteatre) ($3/$0)
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FEB 15 - Winter Ramble Lake Oswego Iron Heritage (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Back to orginal date.
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.
Scout Report: Sharon says; 4 miles 100 feet. Our Lake Oswego Iron Heritage Riverside Tour will start at Foothills Park in Lake Oswego and wander the area, including viewing the mouth of Tryon Creek, the Stafford Stones and the boat dock. We will head south along the River past the site of the large iron furnace and meander our way to George Rogers Park where we will take a few minutes to explore the history and art to be found here.
We have an 11am appointment to meet at the Iron Worker's Cottage Museum, which will be opened for us. Following our visit we will head back to Foothills Park to the covered shelter with tables for Valentine treats (and a nod to February birthday boys and girls). Feel free to bring your own lunch, as well. Restrooms available at Foothills.
Drive: 5 mi. PAL 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Rd, 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.
MORE INFO.
Treats, coffee and tea and some paperwork will be available by 8:45 and we plan to start promptly at 9. We encourage all to come: experienced, new, and potential leaders and followers of leaders! Coordinators, as well. You can also learn about other ways to help.

Our group has seen some changes, and more are coming with Park and Rec's upcoming move. The meeting will give us all a chance to get on the same page.

Our agenda will include a review of these changes, including a quick live look at our wonderful website, lohikes. You can also take home an early summary of the final schedule for the Summer. We will briefly go over the basics of typical bureaucratic responsibilities including the briefcase, connection with your monthly coordinator, and others.

The agenda will again contain a section on Personal Safety and Comfort. We are asking for your help on this one. Please come prepared with at least one idea or an item you have in your pack that can enhance your safety and comfort, and possibly those on your outing. Perhaps you use a technique or carry something others may not have. We will share and document ideas and create our version of a "well-stocked" leader.

Our smaller group discussions will come next and scenarios have been partially identified. The intention is to share experiences and discuss strategies for handling situations leaders encounter. Each of these concerns the role of the leader in providing a pleasant, safe outing for all.Potential topics so far (to be fleshed out) are:

1. Keeping tabs on your group on a typical outing
2. Dealing with more challenging variations: new hikers, participants not able to keep going or requesting modifications that separate them from the group.
3. Responding to the unanticipated (weather, trail problems not encountered on the scout, injury, etc.)

Here is more homework: Is there another situation you would like to add to our small group discussions? Let me know by Monday, February 12. Sharon's Email: doughawley@hotmail.com We will also be available at the end of the meeting for help with filling out the back of the roster or using the Walkie-Talkies or answering other questions. See you there!

Sharon and your Steering Committee
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FEB 22 - Winter Ramble Mosier Tunnels (Columbia Gorge)
Changes: Ramble location/name, elev., Drive mi. & $
Leader: Dolores R. 3 mi. 160 ft. Walk the old historic Columbia Hwy, thru the tunnels with beautiful arched windows to a view point. The twin tunnels were built in 1919-1921 for the historic Columbia River Hwy, they have graceful arched rock windows. We will continue to the County Line Overlook. We will have lunch here or back at cars depending on time and weather.
Scout Report: ( See Description)
Drive: 146 mi. PAL 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($15/$9)

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 Shellburg Falls (Santiam Foothills)
Changes: Date was 4/17
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 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 Wind Mountain Plus (Columbia Gorge)
Changes: Date was 4/12
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 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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