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)
JUN 4 6 11 13 18 20 25 27
JUL 2 9 11 16 18 23 25 30
AUG 1 6 8 13 15 20 22 27 29
SEP 3 5 10 12 17 19 20 24 26
OCT 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31
NOV 5 7 12 14 22

JUN | Coordinators: Tuesday Elmer G., Thursday Bee N.
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JUN 04 - Easy Hike Wildcat Mountain (ClackamasFtHills)
Leaders: Becky R.,Val G. 5 mi. 800 ft. Hike along the edge of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, with views into the Eagle Creek Canyon. We hike through an open forest with (hopefully) blooms of rhododendron and possibly beargrass. We will lunch at the viewpoint with a stunning view of Mt. Hood.
Scout Report: Becky says; I scouted this with my grandson, what a treat for me. Hopefully the small snow patches will be gone, but they were easy to cross. There were lots of spider webs with spiders across the trail, hence the stick he carried. The hike is 5 mi. 800 ft. We hike along the edge of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, with views into the Eagle Creek Canyon, along an open forest, an understory of Madrone, meadows and stunning views with hopefully blooms of rhododendron and possible beargrass. (It's not a beargrass year, sigh!) We will lunch at the viewpoint with views into the Willamette Valley and east, across Boulder Creek Canyon, to our stunning view of Mt. Hood. Lunch spot is complete with a nice bench.
Drive: 80 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($8/$6)
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JUN 06 - Hike Cripple Creek (ClackamasFtHills)
Changes (from original): Location, trail, hike mi. & elev., Drive mi. & $
Leader: Gilbert L. 6 mi. 2400 ft. ( SEE Scout Report )
Scout Report: Gilbert says; WHETSTONE MT. CANCELED. SNOW BLOCKS WHETSTONE HIKE. REPLACEMENT IS CRIPPLE CREEK
Whetstone Mountain via Tr 546 in the Collawash/Clackamas River drainage canceled due to snow 1-5 feet deep obscuring the trail. Approach from the North is too much of a risk. Also scouted from the south, which was lovely but more difficult and it would require changing 2nd meeting place.

New Hike: Cripple Creek is just north of Ripple Brook Forest Service Office. Trailhead is close to Three Lynx. Trail #703 is 6 miles round trip and 2,400 feet of elevation gain to Cache Meadows. Moderate in difficulty. Old growth forest thick with green moss. The trail has some poison oak. Great views of Clackamas drainage.
Drive: 95 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($8/$6) NWFP required.

JUN 06 - Ramble Sitka Sedge State Park and Clay Myers Natural Area (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Jan M.,Anneliese E. 4.7-5.0 mi. 100 ft. First, we take a 2.7-mile easy loop trail from Sitka Sedge State Natural Area in a sandy, forested area a mile from the ocean along an estuary with Sitka Sedge, a rare endangered beach grass. There are many creatures here, including crabs, salmon, kingfishers, and egrets. After returning to the cars, we drive 4 miles to Bob Straub State Park in Pacific City, where we walk 2+ miles on the beach--and look for sand dollars!
Scout Report: OUR SCOUT: We had a delightful day scouting both Sitka Sedge State Natural Area and Clay Myers Natural Area . Sitka Sedge State Natural Area was officially opened to the public in 2018. We will go to Sitka Sedge first, and begin by hiking the loop trail (2.7 Mi.), then walk up a short sandy trail to get to the beach. We learned that the snowy plover birds are currently nesting at Sitka Sedge, so access to the beach is limited to walking on the wet sand, because the birds make their nests in the Sedge and on open sand. We will take time to walk on the beach, even if we can't go very far. There is so much to experience here- tidal flats, saltwater marshes, forested wetlands, the estuary, sand dunes and the beach. Both places have easy paths, with about 100 foot elevation gain and provide homes for many kinds of birds and other wildlife. The entire area is quiet, serene, and beautiful.
After lunch, we will do an easy 1.5 mi. ramble at Clay Myers State Natural Area on Whalen Island. There are ferns, wild pink rhododendrons, salal, Sitka Spruce and mossy trees and views. We will stroll along Sand Lake Estuary before heading home. Total mileage is 4.7 - 5.0 miles. A great day! Wear boots or heavy shoes. Poles are optional.
Note: We will not go to Bob Straub State Park to walk on the beach after the ramble.
Drive: 200 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($20/$19)
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JUN 11 - Hike Mowich Butte (SW Washington)
EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30a Changes (from original): Hike mi. & elev., Drive mi. & $, car shuttle, need Wa. Discover Pass
Leaders: Jeanine T.,Ron W. 11.3 mi. 3050 ft. An all-day adventure for those interested in a good workout. Expect spectacular views from Mowich Butte, Sedum Ridge and the PCT.
Scout Report: Jeanine says; 11.3 mi., elev. gain 3500 ft. Here's your chance to hike both the PCT and a difficult, seldom used "lost trail", not maintained but in fair condition. You will encounter gorgeous dogwoods, numerous slugs, small creek rock crossings, several downed logs. There are lovely views of deep creek gorges, rock walls and on a clear day (unlike our scout) you will have, through the trees, 'peek a boo' views of distance mountains. Consider bringing a '2nd breakfast' trail snack, since lunch will probably be late. Short shuttle. Expect a long, wonderful day.
Drive: 138 mi. HAZ 7:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a L&C ($14/$8 + $4 bridge tolls) Washington Discover Pass required. Car Shuttle.

JUN 11 - Ramble Little Bloom Lake (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Kathi N.,Helen H. 3.4 mi. 675 ft. An easy ramble, following a lollipop loop through salmonberry and Douglas fir, sword fern and devil's club. We may see the resident mallards.
Scout Report: Kathi says; This is a New Ramble! Walk up on a clearly marked trail to the lake 3.4 miles r/t and about 675 ft in elevation gain. We saw a mallard and ducklings on the little lake that is stocked with trout (according to a man fishing there). We saw devils club, huge sword fern and wild flowers. Two very shallow water crossings on logs. Not difficult! We will stop to eat near the lake. Trailhead is marked on Hwy 26, just before the Quartz Creek crossing in the Clatsop Forest area past the Hwy summit. You'll need boots and poles if it's wet.
Drive: 120 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($12/$9)
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JUN 13 - Easy Hike Gales Creek (Coast/Coast Mts)
Changes (from original): Drive mi. & $
Leader: Connie C. 5.2 mi. 500 ft. Follow this up and down trail that meanders along the creek. View maidenhair fern, extensive forest, and wildflowers.
Scout Report: Connie says; Come enjoy the undulating trail that meanders along the rushing waters of the creek. We will see glorious ferns, salmonberry, wildflowers and dense forest. Restroom at trailhead. 5.2 miles, 500 feet.
Drive: 90 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($9/$6)
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JUN 18 - Easy Hike Shellburg Falls (SantiamFoothills)
Leader: Mickie C. 4.8 mi. 640 ft. An easy loop trail takes you through Douglas fir woods and old homestead meadows, and behind Shellburg's 100-foot curtain of water, on hard packed gravel with bridges and stone steps.
Scout Report: Mickie says; 4.8 miles 640 ft. An easy loop trail through Douglas Fir woods and old homestead meadows. We will cross a concrete bridge over Lower Shellburg Falls and up the hill to some picnic tables where we will eat lunch. Then down through the woods and stone steps behind Shellburg Falls on our return to the cars.
Drive: 125 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($13/$11)
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JUN 20 - Hike Ramona Falls from Top Spur (Mt Hood - West)
Changes (from original): Hike mi. & elev., possible shuttle
Leader: Gilbert L. 9.2 - 11 mi. 2000 - 2400 ft. Visit Ramona Falls but avoid crossing the Sandy River. Start at the Top Spur trailhead, hike the PCT downhill to Tr 797, which has a gentle uphill alongside a lovely shaded stream with dappled sunbeams. Ramona Falls is always serene yet roaring with power. Then take the Timberline Trail, which goes up and around Yocum Ridge and across the Muddy Fork to Bald Mtn, which has breath-taking views on a clear day.
Scout Report: Gilbert says; The scouting hike experienced blue skies and comfortable ambient temperature. It was beautiful and worth the challenge. It was a 9.2 to 11-mile loop hike depending on published descriptions, maps, GPS, or Fitbit steps. Elevation gain 2,000 to 2,400 feet. If one can do Dog Mountain, this is it's equal. Wildflowers were out in their prime. USFS crew of 10+ hardy souls were 2/3 around the loop, leaving the trail broom clean. There were traces of snow on the north side trail of Yocum Ridge of zero difficulties. There are three Muddy Fork River crossings. Water did not go above a ¼ inch from my boot sole. However, I must have spent an hour searching for the best crossing points. Water volume is high due to snow run-off. The two upper Muddy Fork crossings were uncomplicated but time-consuming. The lower crossing near the Sandy River utilizes two fallen logs. On the lower log, one sidesteps across while holding a rope affixed to the upper log for stability with the river about 10 feet below. We can avoid that crossing and reduce miles and elevation gain with a shuttle between Ramona Falls TH and Top Spur TH if the group is so inclined. The following photographs give one an idea of the experience. Link to Google Photo Album
Drive: 131 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($13/$11) NWFP required. Car Shuttle (possible).

JUN 20 - Ramble Champoeg Heritage Area (Portland / Valley)
Changes (from original): Ramble mi., Drive mi. & $
Leader: Helen H. 4 mi. flat Enjoy a walk along the Willamette River. We might see Bluebirds and other birds.
Scout Report: Helen says; We will start the walk from the Riverside Day-Use Area. We will walk along the Willamette River to the Kitty Newell Trail. Then we will return to the Pioneer Memorial Building to eat lunch. We might see Bluebirds and Swallows. The hiking mileage is 4 miles round trip.
Drive: 40 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($4/$2) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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JUN 25 - Hike Wahkeena Falls - Multnomah Falls Loop (Columbia Gorge)
Changes (from original): Trailhead.
Leaders: Cheryl K.,Sharon & Doug H. 5.6 mi. 1560 ft. Hike from Wahkeena parking area up to Lemmon’s Viewpoint, then Fairy Falls and past Wahkeena Springs on Trail 400/420. Continue on Trail 420 past Devil’s Rest junction, then down Trail 441 to Multnomah Falls. We’ll end with the walk back along Trail 442 to our starting point.
Scout Report: Cheryl says; It was wonderful to see this trail in such wonderful condition. A delightful scout today (6/11), despite high temperatures. 5.6 miles, 1560 gain. CHANGE: We will start from Multnomah Falls. This will give us a half mile 'warm-up' as we head over to the Wahkeena trail and will also access to the restrooms at Multnomah Falls before the start of the hike. We will lunch at Wahkeena Springs, about 2.2 miles into our hike and after the majority of the uphill climb. This is also a good place to find your personal restroom. There was certainly damage from the Eagle Creek Fire, more in some spots than others. This seemed to result in more wildflowers than I have ever seen on that trail and more open spots. There is a fair bit of shade, and recommend sunscreen for those sunny spots. Good boots and poles are a good idea. The trail has good footing, but there are sections with those uneven rocks underfoot (but not loose rocks). If you have never hiked this trail, there are beautiful waterfalls, hopefully flowers will still be blooming, and great views. The trail feels very safe to me, but there are places where it slopes down off the side of the trail. Up until the last mile, where we head down the paved path to Multnomah falls, it was delightfully uncrowded. I hike at a moderate speed, and we will take our time to enjoy this wonderful spot.
Drive: 84 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($8/$2)

JUN 25 - Ramble Enid Lake and Little Zigzag Falls (Mt Hood - West)
Changes (from original): Ramble elev.
Leaders: Don & Linda G. 4.6 mi. 692 ft. A pleasant ramble in the woods around the lake, then a short side trip to Little Zigzag Falls.
Scout Report: Don & Linda say; 4.5 miles 692 ft. We'll stop at the Zigzag Ranger station for restrooms before going to the trailhead. This is a fairly easy lollipop with a short side trip to Little Zigzag Falls to begin with. We'll be mostly in a mixed forest with rhododendrons, bear grass, coral root and several other wildflowers. After seeing the falls, we'll join up with the Pioneer Bridal Trail and hike up to and around Enid Lake ( nice view of Mt Hood from the south shore) before having lunch at the Enid Lake/Crosstown Trails parking lot. There's a port-a-potty and one picnic table along with some nice logs to sit on. It's almost all downhill back to the cars from there. There's some mud and loose gravel, so boots and poles are recommended. Bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
Drive: 110 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($11/$9) NWFP required.
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JUN 27 - Easy Hike Historic Aurora Walk (Portland / Valley)
Changes (from original): Hike location, Hike mi., drive mi. & $
Leader: Nicole R. 3 mi. flat ( See Scout Report )
Scout Report: Nicole says; Easy Hike 3 mi. Flat Pavement Historic Aurora walk with an optional lunch afterwards at Filberts.
Drive: 28 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a WT ($3/$1)

JUL | Coordinators: Tuesday Mike N., Thursday Mike N.
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JUL 02 - Hike Saddle Mountain (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Mike N.,Carol I. 4.5 mi. 1800 ft. A strenuous, but short, hike. We will take our time to enjoy the views, stretching from the coast to Mt St Helens, from the highest point in northwest Oregon.
Scout Report: Mike & Carol say; It was a clear, sunny day for the scout. From the top of the mountain we could see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Hood. On the way up there were many species of wildflowers in great numbers. There are narrow sections of the trail with steep drop-offs, not always bordered with wire railings. After the saddle the trail becomes VERY steep with slippery gravel, but wire fencing mesh on the gravel provides for sure footing. Restrooms at the trailhead.
Drive: 161 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($16/$13)
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JUL 09 - Hike Idiot Creek (Coast/Coast Mts)
Changes (from original): Hike mi. & elev., Co-Leader
Leaders: Becky R.,Val G. 8 mi. 1300 ft. Hike along Elk Creek to Idiot Creek Road, an old lumber road that served what once was the town of Idiotville.
Scout Report: Becky & Val say; Tillamook Forest is always a beautiful place to hike, and what better than a new hike. The temporary bridge across Elk Creek is in place for the summer. We hike on a really nice trail with a gentle grade up to Idiotville Rd, and a view spot of the Wilson River Valley. Idiotville was once a lumber town but now nothing remains but its unusual name, named as it was so remote that you had to be an idiot to live there. We will park at the Elk Creek Campground, there are bathrooms available. Hike 8 miles, 1300'.
Drive: 100 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($10/$7)

JUL 09 - Ramble Mirror Lake (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Maureen B. 4.4 mi. 640 ft. A lovely, popular hike to a serene lake with a fabulous view of Mt Hood.
Scout Report: Maureen says: 4.4 miles gain 640 ft. "Summer time and the living is easy...." Hike the beautiful new trail to join an old favorite. Cross 10 bridges in a mostly shady hike to a beautiful lake with fish jumping. Getting wet is optional. Drive note: Park at Ski Bowl West. NWFP required.
Drive: 110 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($11/$9) NWFP required.
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JUL 11 - Easy Hike Upper Cape Horn (Columbia Gorge)
Changes (from original): Hike mi. & elev.
Leaders: Robina B.,Yvonne J. 5.7 mi. 1185 ft. This is one of the prime trails on the north side of the Gorge. In and out hike up to the Nancy Russell Overlook for lunch. There are some outstanding views of the Gorge from several viewpoints, plus views across the river to Angel's Rest. Boots and poles recommended.
Scout Report: Robina says: 5.7 miles. 1,185' elevation gain. This is one of the prime trails on the north side of the Gorge. In and out hike up to the Nancy Russell Overlook for lunch. There are some outstanding views of the Gorge from several viewpoints, plus views across the river to Angel's Rest and Multnomah Falls. We saw trail maintenance on the scout, cutting back undergrowth and improving a switchback. A good trail with a few large roots and stones. Boots and poles recommended. Restrooms at parking area.
Drive: 95 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a AWHD ($10/$5)
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JUL 16 - Easy Hike Marquam Trail to Council Crest (Portland / Valley)
Changes (from original): Hike mileage
Leader: Janet L. 6.8 mi. 1100 ft. We wend our way through the peaceful, secluded forests of Marquam Nature Park, across foot bridges, to a spectacular view from the top to the valley below and distant mountains.
Scout Report: Janet says: We found lush greenery under a forest canopy, thimbleberries not yet ready to eat, banana slugs and snails in striped brown shells. When we reached the top, we had gorgeous views of the city - no mountains today. There is a porta-potty. We'll probably have lunch here. We have permission to park at Chart House Restaurant on Terwilliger. (I parked at the south edge of the lot, away from their valet parking). We added one mile to our total for distance from Chart House to the trailhead.
Drive: 15 mi. HAZ 8:30a, No 2nd meeting place ($2)
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JUL 18 - Hike Twin Lakes and Palmateer Point via Frog Lake Trailhead (Mt Hood - East)
Changes (from original): Hike mileage
Leaders: Cheryl K.,Terry M. 9 mi. 1600 ft. Hike from Frog Lake Snow Park, to Lower Twin Lakes, then on to Upper Twin Lakes, then to the Palmateer Point. Return around the other side of Upper Twin Lakes, and then back past Lower Twin Lakes, and back to the parking lot.
Scout Report: Cheryl says: Terry and I had a wonderful day at Palmateer Point on July 4. The trail was delightfully uncrowded - I think we saw a total of about 16 people all day! The cumulative elevation looks to be about 1600 feet. It is an up and down trail, with four sections of uphill on the way in for 1100 feet, and two sections of uphill on the way out for 500 feet. After the afternoon climbing, the gentle downhill with easy footing for the last 1.5 miles is a great way to end the hike. It is a beautiful trail with exceptionally easy footing. One stretch on the way in is a narrower trail with a few downed trees to step over, but still easy footing. We travel to two alpine lakes, and from the upper lake we have views of Mt Hood. At the top we have a 360 degree view which includes Mt Hood. We were delighted to see so many wildflowers, especially at the top and hope that many are still there on our hike! We will stop at the rest area at Government Camp on the way. We will take two food breaks - first at the upper twin lakes (3.4 miles) and then at the summit (4.5 miles). We encountered a few mosquitoes near the lakes, so you may want bug spray. There is one small stream crossing - poles are nice for this; it is short enough to lend a helping hand on each end.
Drive: 125 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($13/$10) NWFP required.

JUL 18 - Ramble Trails of Skamania Lodge (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Sharon & Bob W. 3 mi. 300 ft. Follow a loop trail to the south of the lodge, which offers possible sightings of zip-line adventurers in the forest canopy above. A second loop skirts the extensive golf course grounds on a narrow trail through wooded terrain, passing a creek and a large pond. Trails have lots of ups and downs, some quite steep. The lodge showcases local artwork and fantastic views of the Columbia River, Wind Mountain, and Dog Mountain.
Scout Report: Sharon says: We were in luck on our scouting day and watched an enthusiastic group zip overhead from station to station. Although we cannot make any guarantees, our sequence of trails is planned to maximize the chance for sightings of zip-liners in action. Poles are recommended for those who use them, due to some steep sections.
Drive: 110 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($11/$5)
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JUL 23 - Hike Red Lake to Rimrock Lake (ClackamasFtHills)
Changes (from original): Elevation Gain
Leader: Gilbert L. 8.4 mi. 1700 ft. This is a lovely hike in high desert meadows west of Olallie Lake. We hike beside more than six crystal clear, high mountain lakes, with views of Potato Butte, Twin Peaks, Double Peaks, Olallie Butte, and Mt Jefferson. In July the trail will be covered with fine volcanic rock dust. It is a long drive, but well worth it. The roads are maintained asphalt except for the last one mile on Rd 380 to the trailhead #719.
Scout Report: Gilbert says: Olallie High Lakes Trail #719 is a hike for the soul. It is stunning in natural beauty. All the elevation is gained in the first 1.5 miles before we reach the near-level Olallie Plateau. The plateau hosts numerous uniquely beautiful lakes. We will visit five. The trail to Potato Butte is decommissioned, and it looks like there would be no view through the dense trees at the summit. I hiked to the base, losing the trail on multiple occasions and climbed over fallen trees. The reward was discovering three uniquely beautiful smaller lakes, but it is not appropriate to attempt it with a group. The hike terminates at the junction with Trail 2000 - Pacific Crest Trail, before heading back to the trailhead.The drive to the trailhead is very long but runs along the banks of the Clackamas River. The roads are paved and in great shape. The one-mile side road to the trailhead (FSR 380) is fine gravel and well graded.The Clackamas River headwaters is Olallie Butte. All the drainage off the Olallie high plateau which we will be hiking drain into the Clackamas River headwaters. Mosquitoes can be an issue due to the large amounts of lake water. It was not an issue on the day of my hike. Only two ate my blood, but be forewarned that shorts and tank tops might not be a good option. Sun protection is advisable due to being near the 5,000-foot level. This time of year the western high cascades are prone to afternoon thunderstorms that arise and resolve relatively quickly. In spots, the trail consists of large rocks that I found easiest to walk along the tops. But poles saved me from falling on more than several occasions.Do consider joining me in this soul refreshing immersion in Nature. Attached is a link to my photos to encourage you to join me on this unusual and gorgeous adventure. Link to Photos
Drive: 153 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($15/$13)

JUL 23 - Ramble Lookout Mountain (Mt Hood - East)
Leaders: Jaska T.,Elaine M. 3 mi. 570 ft. We're repeating this "have-to-do" trail, rambling at a moderate pace up through meadows and woods, with rewards of wildflowers and increasingly spectacular views. Every Cascade peak, from Three Sisters to Mt Rainier, can be seen from the summit.
Scout Report: Elaine says: This is our fifth year in a row to do this prime summer short loop ramble (though we've done longer routes from other directions). The rewards are flowers in fields and on the top slopes, plus spectacular views from the top, reaching from Three Sisters to Mt Rainier. (Scout day had clouds covering the tops of those peaks, but Tuesday looks promising). Some flowers are past their best while others are just showing a fresh beginning. And, on our way down, we found the elephant heads we'd been told about!! One note about the drive - road construction is happening near the entrance to Hood River Meadows, so there could be a short delay. Driving directions will be available at CFM, our second meeting place.
Drive: 165 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($17/$14) NWFP required.
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JUL 25 - Easy Hike Twin Lakes (Mt Hood - East)
Changes (from original): Leader
Leader: Helen H. 7 mi. 1360 ft. Any easy hike, with a ramble to Lower Twin Lakes and a hike to Upper Twin Lakes.
Scout Report: Same as published description.
Drive: 130 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11) NWFP required.
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JUL 30 - Easy Hike Mt Hood Meadows East (Mt Hood - East)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Yvonne J. 5 mi. 1000 ft. A climb up the Upper Umbrella Falls Trail to the Timberline Trail, and over to a lovely viewpoint with views of Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson, then over Mt Hood Meadows ski area and descending to Umbrella Falls. An abundance of wildflowers awaits you. Boots recommended for sandy soil.
Scout Report: Yvonne says: I scouted this trail 7/22. The Valerian were in full bloom along with beargrass, lupine, pasque flowers, Indian paintbrush, and many more. Some of the flowers were still in bud. The first part of the trail climbs up to the Timberline trail. We will walk East to views of Mt. Jefferson for lunch and then proceed back across Mt. Hood Meadows Ski resort with spectacular views and more flowers. The last part of the hike is down an access road of gravel , steep at places, to the top of Umbrella Falls and back to the cars. There are some stream crossings, so poles and hiking shoes are recommended. Elevation gain is 1000 ft., but not all at once.
Drive: 136 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($14/$11)

AUG | Coordinators: Tuesday Yvonne J., Thursday Terry M.
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AUG 01 - Hike Cape Falcon and Oregon Coast Trail (Coast/Coast Mts)
Changes (from original): Hike Mileage
Leader: Kathy B. 8 mi. 1200 ft. Leaving from Oswald West State Park, we will hike 2.5 miles to the south-facing viewpoint of Smuggler's Beach and Neahkanie Mountain on Cape Falcon. We then continue northward on the Oregon Coast Trail for more coastal views and wonderful old-growth rainforest. The hike ends at Arch Cape, where we can access the beach.
Scout Report: Kathy says: This 8 mile hike traverses old growth rain forests and offers coastal views both north and south of Cape Falcon in Oswald West State Park. A short car shuttle allows us to hike mostly downhill from north to south, beginning at Falcon Cove Road near the crest of a 1000' high ridge along the Oregon Coast Trail. The first half of the hike goes through deep green forest, then we'll hug the coastline for a couple of miles around the end of Cape Falcon and return on the main Cape Falcon trail along Smuggler's Cove.
Drive: 190 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($19/$16) State Park Pass (Oregon) required. Car Shuttle.

AUG 01 - Ramble Ridgefield Refuge (SW Washington)
Changes (from original): Hike Mileage, Elevation Gain, 2nd Meeting Place Time
Leader: Judy H. 3+ mi. flat A loop trail to Boot and Carty Lakes starts at the replica of a plankhouse and wanders through large white oak trees, marshes, and grasslands. The refuge has more than 5,000 acres and is home to more than 100 species of birds, waterfowl, and fish.
Scout Report: Judy says: 3+ miles, flat trail, on pavement, gravel, and dirt. The town of Ridgefield and the refuge are undergoing road and bridge construction, but some refuge trails are open, including part of a new one around Carty Lake. We will take a foot bridge over railroad tracks to the plankhouse, then follow the trail to viewpoints on Carty Lake and Lake River. Most of this trail is unshaded, so come prepared for lots of sun. Bring binoculars if you want to see birds as this trail is a bit back from the water, so birds will be in the distance. We will walk back to the plankhouse and take a short trail to some very large Oregon white oak trees. Most of this trail is closed for an "oak release," but we will be able to admire a 400-year-old oak tree. 2nd Meeting place 9:15am at JBT.
Drive: 70 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a JBT ($7/$4 + $3 per vehicle if no federal pass) NWFP required.
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AUG 06 - Hike Butte Camp (SW Washington)
Leader: Carol I. 7.6 mi. 1650 ft. Of all the feeder trails leading to the round-the-mountain Loowit Trail, the Butte Camp Trail is one of the nicest. The way winds through old lava flows, old-growth forest groves, and pumiced meadows bursting with wildflowers. Views are excellent.
Scout Report: Carol says; Scout Report: Be prepared with rugged and waterproof boots to navigate a lava field, rocks and roots in the path, a stream running in the trail for a piece, and a narrow open portion near the top. Poles are highly recommended. If you have trouble with heights, be aware that there's a short section with a steep drop-off along the trail as you approach the destination of the Loowit Trail. Slow but steady with feet firmly planted on the trail gets you through to enjoy beautiful vistas. (Did I mention the blueberries?) Dress in layers -- temperatures could reach 100 degrees. Lunch will be after 1, so bring a snack.
Drive: 157 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($16/$12)

AUG 06 - Ramble Hummocks Trail (SW Washington)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Maureen B. 3 mi. 250 ft. Stroll through a series of steep sided hills formed by avalanche debris deposits. Then take a side trip to Johnston Ridge Observatory to see a film of the volcanic event, and enjoy views inside the crater.
Scout Report: Maureen says; 3 miles Elevation gain 250 ft Lovely hike through avalanche debris deposits from 1980 that are now bursting with life. Some parts red alder forest and some exposed areas with views. Bring snack, lunch, poles for traction, NWFP and ID or $8 for Johnston Ridge Observatory visit.
Drive: 230 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($23/$20) NWFP or $8 day use fee required.
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AUG 08 - Hike Lolo Pass to Bald Mountain (Mt Hood - West)
Changes (from original): Hike elev., Leader, Easy Hike to Hike
Leader: Linda F. 6.8 mi. 1700 ft. Part of this hike is on the PCT to the Timberline Trail. We then take a nearly forgotten lookout trail to the summit of Bald Mountain, with its stunning view of Mt Hood. There will be a few steep parts.
Scout Report: Linda says;
Changes:
  • Title changes from Easy Hike to Hike. After scouting Robina and I felt the last trail to summit was steep along with logs across the trail.
  • Leader: Linda F is new leader.
  • Hike is 6.8 mi and elevation gain of 1700 ft instead of 1400 ft.
It's a great hike with lovely view of Mt Hood.

[ Incorrect information was here from approx. 8/2 8:30a to 8/4 10:28a ]
Drive: 117 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($12/$9)
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AUG 13 - Easy Hike Little Crater Lake to Timothy Lake (Mt Hood - West)
Changes (from original): Leaders.
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 5 mi. 150 ft. This will now be our seventh annual outing on this route, with the likelihood of meeting thru-hikers and hopefully hearing some of their experiences (and trail names!). After viewing Little Crater Lake, we follow the Pacific Crest Trail through the woods and along Timothy Lake to meet our shuttle driver.
Scout Report: Joyce & Gary say: Already on the scout in July, we met four thru-hikers, plus a bigger group of Oregon section hikers. (In 2016, we met 16 thru-hikers -- the largest number so far). After viewing Little Crater Lake, we follow the Pacific Crest Trail south thru the woods & along Timothy Lake to our car shuttle. The lunch spot, in the middle, has lots of good log seats. Driving directions will be available at the 2nd meeting place at CFM. Also, please note that Road 58 into Little Crater Lake, though "paved," has many challenging potholes!!
Drive: 140 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($14/$12) NWFP required. Car Shuttle.
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AUG 15 - Hike Larch Mountain Crater (Columbia Gorge)
Changes (from original): Hike mileage & elevation gain.
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 8.1 mi. 1500 ft. This moderate hike circles the crater. Potential views of surrounding mountains atop Sherrard Point. Sturdy boots and poles recommended.
Scout Report: Joyce & Gary say: We found the hike to be 8.1 miles and 1500 ft elevation. Moderate hike circles the crater. Mountain views at Sherrard Point. Sturdy boots and poles recommended.
Drive: 90 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($9/$3) NWFP required.

AUG 15 - Ramble Sherrard Point (Columbia Gorge)
Changes (from original): Leader.
Leader: Sharon H. 4 mi. 800 ft. From the parking lot, we will hike downhill to junction, then back up and to Sherrard Point for lunch.
Scout Report: Sharon says: Join us on an old favorite with a shortish leg-stretcher and, we hope, great views. We will park at the main parking lot (NWFP required) at the top of Larch Mt Rd. The first installment takes us downhill 1.5 miles to an intersection with the trail that continues around the crater, or down to Multnomah Falls. The first mile has fairly good tread and moderate loss of elevation. The last 0.5 mile after that is steeper and rockier. We will turn around at the intersection and hike back up the same trail about 500 feet to the parking lot. Leader is amenable to allowing individuals to turn around earlier. We will then grab our lunches and head up steeply on the last 1/3 mile to the top of Sherrard Point for a view of five mountains while we eat. The total mileage is just under 4 miles, and about 800 ft gain. Yes, the 2nd meeting place is unchanged at CFM at 9am.
Drive: 120 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($12/$10) NWFP required.
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AUG 20 - Hike Ape Canyon (SW Washington)
Changes (from original): Hike elev.
Leader: Terry M. 9 mi. 1500 ft. Stunning views of Mt St Helens, and Mt Adams, with potential glimpses of Mt Rainier. Hike at a steady, moderate grade through old-growth forest and wildflowers, with possible mountain goat sightings. Possible addition of 1.6 miles (round trip) to Plains of Abraham.
Scout Report: Terry says; Hike 9 miles with a 1500 ft combined elevation gain. We will follow at shaded trail through a forest ( vine maple, alder old growth hemlock and Douglas fir) which escaped the 1980 volcanic blast. At the top, we enter the blast zone where the super heated air destroyed the forest leaving a moonscape. With clear skies, we will have views of Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. We do have one narrow trail section with a drop off. I recommend poles and a hat (for when we come out of the trees). If it is warm please bring at least 2 liters of water. We will have a late lunch so bring a snack to eat on the trail.
Drive: 170 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($17/$14) NWFP required.

AUG 20 - Ramble Timberline Lodge Trails (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Sharon & Doug H. 3 mi. 200 ft. Starting at the Day Lodge, we follow a path to the edge of Little ZigZag Canyon, returning along the PCT. This is prime time to meet thru-hikers. Lunch at the end will be on the back deck of the Lodge, facing Mt Hood.
Scout Report: Sharon says; Wow. The Mt continues to be popular, evidenced by how fast the massive parking lot fills. We zipped through the Day Lodge and met Bruno X (the 10th) sleeping soundly in his alcove. Our usual entry trail beyond the main Lodge is being converted to bike trails, so we will head up directly to the PCT and wander east a short way and then west to little ZigZag Canyon. Upon return we will lunch on the back deck (official end of outing) and then check with car-mates to name a time and place to meet after exploring the Lodge (or just take off). The Crater Lake Root Beer in the bar is a refreshing way to wrap our day. 3 miles 200 ft elevation gain. DRIVE NOTE: No parking pass needed.
Drive: 125 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$10)
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AUG 22 - Easy Hike Cape Falcon (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: Connie C. 5.5 mi. 300 ft. Walk through luscious old growth timber and thick forest. Lunch overlooking Short Sands beach and ocean views. Plenty of parking and restrooms at trailhead.
Scout Report: Connie says; Prepare for a total adventure as we view Short Sands Beach from many angles. We are in thick foliage on a heavily tree-rooted path. The trail includes a steep, slippery rocked slope at a shallow water crossing and a large tree trunk to climb over. Your reward: lunch at a flat top cliff spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean! Poles and boots recommended. 5.5 miles, 300 feet elevation gain. Good parking and a restroom at the trailhead.
Drive: 192 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($19/$16)
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AUG 27 - Easy Hike Owl Point from Vista Ridge Trail (Mt Hood - West)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Linda F. 4.4 mi. 800 ft. This is a highly rewarding trip for hikers wanting a lot of mountain scenery for a modest effort. Lovely views of Mt Hood.
Drive: 145 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($15/$12)
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AUG 29 - Hike Serene Lake via Cache Meadow (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Val G.,Becky R. 8.4 mi. 1800 ft. Enjoy another addition to your summer lake collection -- with shade, huckleberries, and a swim if desired!
Drive: 162 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($16/$14) NWFP required.

AUG 29 - Ramble Swan Island Dahlias (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Sharon & Bob W. 4 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.
Drive: 40 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00 AM, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby, near "Office" ($4/$0)

SEP | Coordinators: Tuesday Maureen B., Thursday Connie C.
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SEP 03 - Hike Olallie Butte (ClackamasFtHills)
EARLY DEPARTURE 7:30a
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 8 mi. 2600 ft. Strenuous hike to the top of Olallie Butte for spectacular 360 degree views: Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood etc. Poles are recommended.
Drive: 180 mi. HAZ 7:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:00a CFM ($18/$16) NWFP required.

SEP 03 - Ramble Manzanita (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: June B. 6 mi. mostly flat We will meet at the Manzanita parking lot on 5th Street, just off Laneda Ave. Restrooms are across the street. We will walk down Laneda toward the beach, and walk the beach or bike path to Nehalem Bay State Park, where we will have lunch. After a loop through the park we will return by a different route to our cars.
Drive: 200 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($20/$17)
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SEP 05 - Easy Hike Mt Mitchell (ClackamasFtHills)
Leader: Terry M. 5 mi. 1000 ft. Climb Mt Mitchell in the Roaring River Wilderness. This is one of the best viewpoints on the Clackamas River drainage, offering expansive views of the southern Cascades to Mt Washington, and north as far as Mt. Rainier.
Drive: 134 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11)
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SEP 10 - Easy Hike White River (Mt Hood - East)
Leader: Mickie C. 3 - 3.5 mi. 350 ft. With Mt. Hood ahead and White River below us, we will have a chance to explore a spectacular area usually only traversed as a winter ski or snowshoe. We will go at a gentle pace, and have lunch at our chosen viewpoint.
Drive: 134 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11) NWFP required.
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SEP 12 - Hike Old Salmon River (Mt Hood - West)
LATE DEPARTURE 8:30a
Leader: Sharon W. 5 mi. 200 ft. Hike along the rushing Salmon River through shady, old-growth forest, with a few ups and downs. This will be an "in and out" from the lower trailhead to the road bridge and back.
Drive: 100 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($10/$8) NWFP required.

SEP 12 - Ramble Old Salmon River (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Bob W. 2.5 mi. 150 ft. Ramble along the rushing Salmon River through shady, old-growth forest, with a few ups and downs. This will be a "one-way" from the lower trailhead to the road bridge.
Drive: 100 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($10/$8) NWFP required. Car Shuttle.
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SEP 17 - Hike Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Nancy M. 12.2 mi. 2300 ft. This is categorized as a difficult hike. Be prepared with boots, hiking poles for Zigzag River crossing, a minimum of two quarts of water, and rain gear. Fall colors should be peaking, and we should be in end-of-summer condition. The trail has been mostly cleared from 2017 blowdown. A small section has yet to be cleared. Waiting to hear from ranger on completion of this work. The alternative plan, if needed, is to hike to Zigzag Canyon and return, which would be an easy to moderate hike of 4.4 miles RT, 1100 ft elevation gain. There has been some talk of beginning a parking pass requirement at Timberline Lodge. Be prepared for that possibility.
Drive: 129 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($13/$11)

SEP 17 - Ramble Beacon Rock (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Sharon & Bob W. 1.8 mi. 680 ft. This iconic gorge landmark is actually the plug from an old volcano. It is all that remains after the massive force of ice-age flooding. The wide trail with many switchbacks and wood plank bridges climbs steadily upward, with great views of the Columbia River Gorge all the way. Those with a fear of exposure may find this one unnerving, although there are sturdy railings almost the entire route. We will ramble at a comfortable pace, and take frequent rest stops. If you don't have a Discover Pass, a one-day parking pass can be purchased at the trailhead for $10.
Drive: 112 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a AWHD ($11/$6) Washington Discover Pass required.
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SEP 19 - Easy Hike June Lake to Loowit East, Mt St Helens (SW Washington)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Carolyn K. 6 mi. 1400 ft. After a gentle walk to June lake and her lovely waterfall, we go up steeply to the Loowit, round-the-mountain trail. We turn East and hike through giant trees and huckleberry bushes, then climb up onto the lava flow known as the Worm Flows Buttress. The tread is fairly good with some exposure. Lunch is on a high spot with very little shade but with the most expansive views on the Loowit Trail (weather allowing) including the Muddy River Lahar, landscape destroyed by the 1980 eruption, Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, and even Mt Rainier.
Drive: 162 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a JBT ($16/$13) NWFP required.
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SEP 20 - MEETING: Hike & Ramble Planning Meeting - Winter 2020
TIME: 9:00am - 11:00am AT: Pilkington Room, Lake Oswego Maintenance Center, 17601 Pilkington Rd.
Please join us with your hiking ideas, to plan the scheduled hikes and rambles for Jan - Apr, 2020.
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SEP 24 - Easy Hike Tamanawas Falls Loop (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Don & Linda G. 4.6 mi. 740 ft. We will start at the Polallie Trailhead on Hwy 35, south of Hood River. We'll follow the Elk Meadows Trail to the Tamanawas Tie Trail. The first 0.3 mile goes steeply uphill, then continues just gradually uphill to the Tie Trail. The Tie Trail goes gradually downhill to the spur trail leading to the falls, which is a bit uphill and rocky. Lunch at the falls. We will return on the trail along Cold Spring Creek, which is a bit rocky, then take the East Fork Trail back to the trailhead. Boots and poles recommended. Might get to see some fall color.
Drive: 190 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($19/$13) NWFP required.
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SEP 26 - Hike Table Rock Wilderness (ClackamasFtHills)
Leader: Linda F. 7.5 mi. 1500 ft. Table Rock is a fortress-shaped plateau, which is the centerpiece of a pocket wilderness near Molalla. This spot on the hike offers a panorama of ten Cascade snow peaks and the Coast Range--the view makes the climb worthwhile. (Considered a moderate hike)
Drive: 108 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a WT ($11/$9) NWFP required.

SEP 26 - Ramble Palmateer Point (Mt Hood - West)
Leader: Rich C. 5.5 mi. 900 ft. Hike the PCT to Ghost Ridge, then take the Palmateer Point cutoff trail. Lunch at top of Palmateer Point, with a great view of east side of Mt. Hood and (we hope) a fantastic fall color display on Barlow Butte across from the Point. Be ready for cold weather--gloves and warm clothing are strongly suggested.
Drive: 130 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($13/$11) NWFP required.

OCT | Coordinators: Tuesday Diane B., Thursday Linda F.
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OCT 01 - Hike Bonney Butte (Mt Hood - East)
Leader: Jeanine T. 6 mi. 1500 ft. See a former forest lookout site that has stunning views of the Cascades. Hoping that Hawkwatch International is still there studying migration of raptors, and that we can possibly see some up close and personal.
Drive: 140 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($14/$12)

OCT 01 - Ramble Burlington Loop (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Kathi N.,Helen H. 3.5 - 4 mi. 600 ft. This loop trail starts at McNamee Rd, NW of downtown Portland, off Hwy 30. It meanders on a soft trail through second growth forest, past 400 year-old stands of Douglas Fir, and crosses Burlington Creek. Watch for eagles and views of the Cascades.
Drive: 46 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:45a at gate on left side of McNamee Rd, 0.3 miles south of Hwy 30. ($5/$0)
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OCT 03 - Hike Tom, Dick and Harry (Mt Hood - West)
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 7.5 mi. 1710 ft. Hike to Mirror lake, then on to the top of Tom, Dick and Harry for wonderful view of Mt. Hood.
Drive: 120 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a CFM ($12/$10) NWFP required.
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OCT 08 - Easy Hike Riverside Trail #723 (ClackamasFtHills)
Leader: Yvonne J. 7.8 mi. 575 ft. Hike along the Clackamas River on Riverside Trail #723. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and possible steelhead migration. Hiking boots and poles recommended.
Drive: 107 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($11/$8) NWFP required.
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OCT 10 - Hike Wilson River Trail: Keenig Creek to Tillamook Forest Center (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Mike N.,Carol I. 8.8 mi. 1365 ft. Hike one way from the Keenig Creek trailhead, over a big hill, then along the Wilson River, past Wilson Falls, to the Tillamook Forest Center.
Drive: 137 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($14/$10 + $5 per person suggested donation at Forest Center) Car Shuttle.

OCT 10 - Ramble Tickle Creek (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Arlene G. 3.2 mi. 166 ft. Forested ramble on a graveled path on the edge of the City of Sandy. This beautiful loop trail crosses Tickle Creek over 5 bridges. Enjoy lots of flora typical of the area and salmon in the creek. Cougars and bears have been sighted. This is part of the planned Portland to Sandy trail.
Drive: 58 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($6/$3)
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OCT 15 - Hike Thomas Lake to Blue Lake (SW Washington)
Leaders: Carol I.,Mike N. 7 mi. 1015 ft. This trail through the Indian Heaven Wilderness will take us past a variety of lakes, through meadows populated with deer and elk, up a gentle forested climb, then through more meadows in flat, open country, before we arrive at Blue Lake for lunch. Vault toilet at trailhead.
Drive: 177 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($18/$12 + $4 bridge tolls) NWFP required.

OCT 15 - Ramble Sandy River Park (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Don & Linda G. 3.2 mi. 500 ft. Starting a few blocks from downtown Sandy, we will hike to the edge of the Sandy River, including the new Jim Slagle Trail.
Drive: 60 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($6/$4)
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OCT 17 - Easy Hike Herman Creek to Pinnacles (Columbia Gorge)
Leader: Robina B. 4.7 mi. 1300 ft. Hike through Douglas fir and big-leaf maple woodland. There are switchbacks up and down to Herman Creek, which is crossed by a bridge. We follow part of the PCT past Pacific Crest Falls to the Pinnacles. The area was affected by the Eagle Creek fire. Watch out for poison oak.
Drive: 121 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($12/$6) NWFP required.
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OCT 22 - Easy Hike SW Trails to Mt Sylvania (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Janet L.,Sharon H. 6 mi. 725 ft. We will string together six parks in SW Portland, with an ascent up Mt Sylvania in the middle. Some dirt trails, some streets or paved trails.
Drive: 15 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a at Holly Farm Park, 10819 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland 97219 ($2/$0)
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OCT 24 - Hike Linnton Trail Loop (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Michael 7 mi. 1000 ft. Hike through two parks, Linnton and Clark & Wilson, which are now part of Forest Park. The Linnton Trail starts in Linnton at the TriMet Bus shelter, where there is room for about four cars, with others parking across the highway (or you can take that bus). With switchbacks through Douglas fir, cedar, and Pacific yew, we climb to the crest of Forest Park and loop back after lunch. Rain will dictate what routes we take, or if we do a back-up hike instead. Mud can be an issue on some of these trails.
Drive: 40 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a at the TriMet Bus Shelter in Linnton. ($4/$0)

OCT 24 - Ramble L.L. Stub Stewart State Park (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Ursula S.,Judy H. 4.1 mi. 480 ft. Discover one of Oregon’s newest state parks, which opened in 2007, located in western Washington County. We start at the Hilltop Day Use Area (restrooms), which has views west toward the Coast Range. We then hike through secondary and tertiary growth woods (alder, big-leaf maple, cedar, and Douglas Fir) in an area heavily logged in the past. Several junctions on the trail take us past some of the park’s recreation areas, including a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, and horse and car campgrounds.
Drive: 90 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($9/$6) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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OCT 29 - Hike A Portion of the PCT toward Trout Lake (SW Washington)
Leader: Elmer G. 5.5 mi. 500 ft. We will hike north along the PCT, through a delightful old growth forest, with modest elevation gain. Alternate plan: if the stream crossings are dangerous, we will go south from the trailhead instead, a route where there are no significant stream crossings, to Bunker Hill.
Drive: 165 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($17/$10 + $4 bridge tolls) NWFP required.

OCT 29 - Ramble Mt Talbert (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leaders: Jaska T.,Elaine M. 4 - 5 mi. 400 ft. Enjoy the approach to Halloween with this woodsy walk on one of Portland's extinct volcanic buttes. There are bird sights and sounds, restored oak savannas and a hidden cave. Most of the trails are fairly smooth, but one section is rocky and uneven, so boots and poles are recommended. Lunch will be back at the trailhead or at any local restaurant of your choice (area of Clackamas Town Center).
Drive: 28 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a CFM ($3/$1)
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OCT 31 - Easy Hike MAX/Tilikum Crossing on Halloween (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:30a
Leader: Jeanine T. 4 mi. 100 ft. Walk some of TriMet's MAX Orange Line with all the ghosts and goblins out today. Highlights are the public art at the Milwaukie end and walking the Tilikum Crossing--the "Bridge of the People." Consider taking public transit to meet us.
Drive: 20 mi. HAZ 9:30a, 2nd meeting place 10:00a at west end of Tilikum Crossing under red balloon sculpture. ($2/$0 + TriMet $2.50/day (senior rate))

NOV | Coordinators: Tuesday Diane B., Thursday Linda F.
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NOV 05 - Easy Hike Champoeg (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leader: Nicole R. 5 mi. Flat A lovely walk through trees, and by the Willamette River.
Drive: 55 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a WT ($6/$4) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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NOV 07 - Easy Hike Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leader: Maureen B. 3.6 mi. 815 ft. Beautiful hike at the Trappist Abbey, up to the Shrine of Guadalupe. Enjoy views of the wine country.
Drive: 56 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 10:00a at 9200 NE Abbey Rd, Carlton OR 97111. ($6/$0)
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NOV 12 - Ramble Lake Oswego's Gallery Without Walls (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leaders: Julia C.,Bee N. 2.5 - 3 mi. 200 ft. This is a downtown walking tour of the outdoor sculptures, both permanent and rotating, in Lake Oswego, beginning at Foothills Park.
Drive: 2 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a at Foothills Park, Lake Oswego. ($1/$0)
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NOV 14 - Ramble Tryon Creek (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a
Leader: Val G. 4 mi. 300 ft. Explore the trails in the Tryon Creek State Natural Area.
Drive: 8 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a at Boca Ratan Dr and Rockinghorse Lane in Lake Oswego. ($1/$0)
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NOV 22 - MEETING: End of Season Potluck
TIME: 9:00am or 11:00am AT: United Methodist Church, 1855 South Shore Drive
Come at 9 AM for a short walk before the potluck, or at 11 AM for appetizers. The buffet will open at 11:30 AM. Please bring a potluck dish to share and your own non-disposable table setting. Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild, and author of the newly released book, "Oregon's Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide," will be our guest speaker. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore wilderness, wildlife and waters of Oregon.


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