Hikes and Rambles sponsored by Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Explore the many trails of our local mountains, rivers, coast and parks. Join us on group "Hikes," easier "Rambles" or mid-level "Easy Hikes," planned and led by experienced volunteers. Priorities are to enjoy healthful activity in beautiful, natural surroundings with like-minded friends. Outings are planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays, most within two hours' drive of Lake Oswego. To receive up-to-date scouting reports of each week's upcoming outings by email, fill in this sign-up-form. Or recheck Scheduled Hikes page for changes - important, as weather, trail/road conditions, or wildfires, etc. might require a late-breaking change. To request that a printed seasonal schedule be mailed to you, email our Parks and Rec contact, Jordan Morales at jmorales@ci.oswego.or.us. For general questions, email our Steering Committee at lohikersrudder@gmail.com.

Outing Descriptions:

See the Scheduled Hikes page for destinations, distance, elevation gain and loss, and other helpful information.

Departure Times:

Check the Scheduled Hikes page to see information on departure times and possible 2nd meeting places. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time to sign liability release and hike roster, and get driving directions. We leave promptly at the stated times. Return times will vary, depending on hiking and driving distances.

What to Wear:

Clothes suitable for weather conditions. Breathable, moisture-wicking layers are ideal. Sturdy, lug-soled, waterproof walking shoes or boots are recommended.

What to Bring:

Daypack containing lunch and trail snacks, sufficient water, sun protection, personal first aid kit, extra jacket or vest, rain gear or umbrella, and mask or face covering. Also bring extra shoes and plastic bag for muddy items (your driver will thank you). Hiking poles are often helpful, but optional. Ticks and poison oak may be encountered.

More Details:

On preparing for a hike (especially for new hikers), see our Hiker's Guide. An excellent website with many helpful tips is American Hiking Society's Hiking 101.

Carpooling & Fees:

A $1 per person Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation fee is payable to the hike leader before departure. Carpools may be arranged among participants at the meeting places. Carpool drivers may request that passengers wear masks in their car. With COVID precautions, a hiker may feel more comfortable driving alone to the trailhead. For those who have arranged to share a ride, suggested carpool donations to your driver based on mileage to the trailhead are listed in parentheses ($ from 1st meeting place/$ from 2nd meeting place). All mileages listed in the schedule are round-trip. Exact change is appreciated. Bridge tolls and entrance or parking fees per car are listed separately, and are shared among car occupants.

Parking Passes:

A Northwest Forest Pass (NWFP) may be required for each vehicle at selected trailheads in National Forests. Click here for details on obtaining a NW Forest Pass. Under the heading "Interagency Passes" part way down the page, there is a link for online purchases as well as a link to listings of local vendors who sell passes, searchable by city. A Washington Discover Pass (WDP) is required on most Washington state-owned land. Click here for details on obtaining a Washington Discover Pass. Drivers are responsible for obtaining passes prior to the hike. An Oregon State Park Pass (SPP) is available for Day Use, where required, at Oregon State Park trailheads.

Conditions and Safety:

Every attempt is made to not cancel outings. Location may be changed for hiking or driving safety. However, region-wide conditions such as excessive heat, fire, ice or poor air quality may require an outing to be cancelled. In addition, Hikes and rambles are cancelled if Lake Oswego public schools are closed or delayed due to weather. Check school closure status online here. Leaders may refuse to take anyone judged not properly equipped or prepared. Participants accept responsibility for their personal safety. No pets permitted.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, feel unwell or have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms in the last 24 hours or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID in the last 10 days, please refrain from participating in Hikes and Rambles.

Meeting Places:

All hikes and rambles leave from Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm (HAZ), 17800 Stafford Road, Lake Oswego. Park in the upper lot near Stafford Road. Individual hike or ramble descriptions may include second meeting times and places (see "Standard 2nd Meeting Places" list below for abbreviations and details). No pre-registration is required.

1st Meeting Place:

HAZ Hazelia Field at Luscher Farm, 17800 Stafford Road, Lake Oswego. Entrance to the large, paved lot is at the traffic light (intersection with Overlook Dr). Park on Stafford Rd side of lot.

Standard 2nd Meeting Places:

AWHD Airport Way Home Depot, Exit 24-B off I-205, SW corner of parking lot

CFM Clackamas Fred Meyer, Exit 12-A off I-205, north lot near Elmer's

EOT End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Exit 10 off I-205, right on Washington Street to parking lot by covered wagons

JBT Jantzen Beach Target, Exit 308 off I-5, left on N. Hayden Island, left on N Parker, SE corner Target parking lot

L&C Lewis and Clark State Park, Exit 18 off I-84, paved parking lot with restrooms

SPS Sunset Plaza Safeway, Exit 67 off US 26W, NW Murray Rd. at Cornell, SE corner of Safeway parking lot

WT Wilsonville Target, Exit 286/Elligsen Rd. east off I-5, NW corner of Target parking lot

CLICK HERE for a map of First Meeting Place (HAZ) and all of the above Second Meeting Places