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 11 17 24 31
FEB 7 14 21 28
MAR 7 14 21 28 29
APR 2 4 9 11 16 18 23 25 30

JAN | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Becky R.
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JAN 11 - MEETING: Hike & Ramble Planning Meeting - Summer 2019
TIME: 9:00am - 11:00am AT: Lake Oswego Maintenance Center 17601 Pilkington Rd. in Willow Room A
Please join us to plan the hikes and rambles for Summer 2019, May through Augest. Our tasks will be identifying outings and leaders for the Summer. As always, please bring your ideas for Hikes, Easy Hikes and Rambles. We look forward to planning an interesting, well-balanced schedule with your help.
DRIVE NOTE: There is parking in front in the lot, as well as plenty of space on Willow Street, that runs along the west side of the building. A door on that side will lead right to our meeting in Willow Room A.
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JAN 17 - Winter Ramble Lake Oswego/North Shore (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Diane B. 4.5 mi. 350 ft. Ramble through Lake Oswego Old Town, then North Shore down to Lilly Bay and around Lakewood Bay.
Scout Report: Diane says; 4.5 mi. 350 ft. Ramble through Lake Oswego Old Town, then North Shore down to Lily Bay and around Lakewood Bay. Be prepared!! This is truly a ramble-slow place and listening to Diane's rambling stories. She might even sing the old Lakewood Grade School fight song! Lunch is on your own.
Drive: 1 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:00 lower lot George Rogers Park ($1/$0)
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JAN 24 - Winter Ramble Crystal Springs Creek to Reed Canyon (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Jeanine T. 6 mi. Flat Walk on the 6-mile loop of Crystal Springs Creek from its confluence with Johnson Creek to its origins in Reed Canyon. We will be on city streets tracing this urban waterway.
Scout Report: Jeanine says; 6 mi. little elevation gain on the 6-mile loop of Crystal Springs Creek from its confluence with Johnson Creek to its origins in Reed Canyon and back along Reed College Place and the Springwater Corridor. Prepare for mud on the interpretive trail around Reed Lake. Restrooms at Reed College. We will be on city streets tracing this urban waterway but prepare for mud on the interpretive trail around Reed Lake.
Drive: 20 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a Johnson Creek Park at SE 21st & SE Clatsop in Sellwood ($2/$0)
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JAN 31 - Winter Ramble Hazelia Agri-Cultural Heritage Trail (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble mi. & elev, back to Karen as Leader
Leaders: Sharon H.,Karen D. 3 mi. 300 ft. Start from HAZ to explore a newly interpretive trail that tells the story of Hazelia's pioneer community and farming history. Our guest leader (Karen Davis) helped develop the panels and route. There is a gradual uphill toward the end of the walk to get to Stevens Meadow and the edge of Cook's Butte, before returning to HAZ.
Scout Report: Sharon says; We will start walking directly from our first meeting place at the Hazelia Dog Park, where there are restrooms. We will stroll along paved paths, first up toward Stevens Meadow and Cook's Butte (but not up the hill to the top). Retracing our steps, we will head out past Luscher Farm on softly rolling pathways. There are interpretive panels along the way that tell us the stories: who lived here and what did they do? A quick exploration of the Luscher Farm grounds on the way back is optional. Walk is 3 miles and approx 300 feet gradual gain.
Drive: mi. HAZ 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($0)

FEB | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Diane B.
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FEB 07 - Winter Ramble The Dalles Dam Visitor Center & Riverfront Trail (Columbia Gorge)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:30a Changes: Ramble name, Ramble mi.
Leader: Terry M. 4 to 5 mi. 200 ft. From December through February, the Dalles Dam is a prime location to view bald eagles. Up to 30 birds have been seen in the park that is adjacent to the dam. After viewing the eagles, we will drive to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to hike on the Riverfront trail that is along the Columbia River.
Scout Report: Terry says; First we go to The Dalles Dam visitor's center to view the migrating eagles that are in the park adjacent to the dam. While scouting, we saw 40 eagles from the visitor's center parking area. Remember to bring binoculars, if you have them. After the viewing, we will drive to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center Museum for lunch. Bring your lunch and eat in the comfortable picnic area in the front of the museum or have lunch at the café in the museum. After lunch we will walk along the Riverfront trail, an 8 mile asphalt trail that follows the shore of the Columbia River . The trail starts from the parking lot. People can choose to go as far as they want then turn around and return to the museum parking lot.
Drive: 203 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($20/$14)
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FEB 14 - Winter Ramble Mt Talbert (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Jaska T.,Elaine M. 5 mi. 400 ft. Enjoy a close-in woodsy walk on this extinct volcano in the Boring Lava Field. There is a summit, a hidden cave, bird sights & sounds, and several areas of oak savannah restoration. Most of the trails are fairly smooth, but one section is rocky & uneven. Boots & poles recommended.
Scout Report: Elaine says; Approx 5 miles; gain 400 ft Enjoy this woodsy walk on one of the extinct volcanoes in town. After circling the summit, we climb to the top & back down, passing several areas of oak savanna restoration. There are also bird sights & sounds. We can point out the cave, but it looks like they're discouraging access. While some of the trails are smooth, there are a couple of rocky sections, plus mud, so we encourage boots & poles. Also you might bring a small snack for the summit break. Lunch is on your own afterward.
Drive: 28 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a CFM ($3/$1)
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FEB 21 - Winter Ramble Wilsonville Memorial Park (Portland / Valley)
Changes: Ramble mi.
Leader: Linda F. 3.75 mi. Flat Starting at Wilsonville Memorial Park, enjoy a leisurely walk through the park, along the Willamette River, under I-5 to Boones Ferry Park. Return through neighborhoods. Lots of history. Enjoy viewing the birds.
Scout Report: Linda says; The mileage on the scout was 3.75 miles flat instead of 3.0. Nice gentle ramble with views of the Willamette River. Starting at Wilsonville Memorial Park, enjoy a leisurely walk through the park, along the Willamette River, under I-5 to Boones Ferry Park. Return through neighborhoods. Lots of history. Enjoy viewing the birds. Lunch at end by parking or numerous local restaurants.
Drive: 31 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a WT ($3/$2)
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FEB 28 - Winter Ramble Washougal Riverfront Park (SW Washington)
Leader: Dolores R. 3 mi. Flat Winter walk along the Columbia River on a paved path with a view of Mt. Hood and the river as well as winter birds.
Drive: 60 mi. HAZ 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($6)

MAR | Coordinators: Tuesday None, Thursday Carol I.
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MAR 07 - Winter Ramble Lacamas Lake. (SW Washington)
Leader: Jane L. 3.5 mi. Flat Walk along a well-groomed trail around Lacamas Lake, which is near Camas, WA.
Drive: 30 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a AWHD ($3/$1)
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MAR 14 - Winter Ramble Deschutes SP River trail (Columbia Gorge)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Linda F. 6 mi. 800 ft. Start at the trailhead at the confluence of the Deschutes River and Columbia River in Deschutes River State Park. Hike along the Deschutes River on a loop with a view of the river and some views of the Columbia Gorge in Washington. Special interest will be the regeneration of plant life after the 2018 fire.
Drive: 248 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($25/$19) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.
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MAR 21 - Winter Ramble Frenchman's Bar (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Helen H. 5.8 mi. 0 ft. We will walk from Vancouver Lake to Frenchman's Bar. We hope to see whooping cranes, snow geese, and ross geese.
Drive: 48 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a JBT ($5/$1)
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MAR 28 - Winter Ramble Camassia (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Helen H. 3 mi. 100 ft. Enjoy a morning walk in Wilderness Park and Camassia in West Linn.
Drive: 9 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:10a 22101 Clark St. West Linn ($1/$0)
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MAR 29 - MEETING: 2019 Leader Forum
TIME: 9:00am - 11:00am AT: Lake Oswego Maintenance Center 17601 Pilkington Rd.
Will you be leading or co-leading in 2019? Or interested in knowing how it all works before making a decision? Join us for this informative event.

APR | Coordinators: Tuesday Jeanine T., Thursday Linda F.
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APR 02 - Hike Lower Macleay Park to Pittock Mansion (Portland / Valley)
Leader: Michael 5.5 mi. 900 ft. The trilliums should be popping on Balch Creek on this lush, popular trail through two of Portland's most beautiful parks. We'll hike the Lower Macleay Trail and then the Wildwood Trail to the Pittock Mansion. If we are lucky, we will have gorgeous views of downtown Portland and seven Cascade peaks for our lunch break.
Drive: 20 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a at the trailhead at Lower Macleay Park. Take TriMet #35, then either #15 or #77 to within blocks of the park. ($2/$0)

APR 02 - Ramble Washington Park (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Don & Linda G. 3.4 mi. 517 ft. We will explore part of the Wildwood Trail, visit the Holocaust Memorial in Washington Park, and get a birds-eye view of the Japanese Garden on our way to the Hoyt Arboretum. We'll start our ramble at the Archery Range and have lunch at the Hoyt Arboretum picnic shelter. Most of the time we will be on trails, but there are some stairs and sidewalks too.
Drive: 30 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a at the Archery Range on Kingston Drive. Parking is free (not paved). ($3/$0)
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APR 04 - Easy Hike Astoria Riverwalk (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leader: Kathy B. 6.5 mi. flat A scenic and historic walk along the Columbia River beginning in the Port of Astoria, past the Marine memorial, under the magnificent Astoria-Megler bridge through the cannery sites, pilot houses and past the Maritime Museum. The paved trail parallels trolley tracks (which used to be the railway that supplied the port), passing the old sawmill pond and sea lions in the mooring basin, and ending at the lagoons near Tongue Point. Splendid river and boat viewing, as well as abundant wildlife.
Drive: 190 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a SPS ($19/$16) State Park Pass (Oregon) required. Car Shuttle.
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APR 09 - Easy Hike Catherine Creek West (Columbia Gorge)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:00a
Leader: Robina B. 4.1 mi. 1150 ft. Excellent scenery, usually sunny, and vast wildflower meadows - which should be spectacular in April. Good views of the Gorge, Rowland Lake, and impressive basalt ridges. Beware of poison oak, rattlesnakes, and ticks. Port-a-potty at the trailhead.
Drive: 160 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($16/$10 + $4 bridge tolls)
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APR 11 - Hike Heritage Trail (SW Washington)
LATE DEPARTURE 8:30a
Leader: Jim Y. 7 mi. 25 ft. Walk along a paved trail near Vancouver. Choose either the Ramble for 4 miles or the Hike for 7 miles.
Drive: 70 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($7/$5)

APR 11 - Ramble Heritage Trail (SW Washington)
Leader: Gretchen Y. 4 mi. 25 ft. Walk along a paved trail near Vancouver. Choose either the Ramble for 4 miles or the Hike for 7 miles.
Drive: 70 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:00a CFM ($7/$5)
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APR 16 - Hike Hood River Mountain (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Terry M.,Jeanine T. 6 mi. 1000 ft. A little known hike, outside of Hood River. There are magnificent views - of Mt. Adams, Mt Hood, and the Hood River Valley. Early spring wildflowers and a lunch spot that faces east toward the Columbia River Gorge.
Drive: 170 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:45a L&C ($17/$11)

APR 16 - Ramble Oak Island Loop - Sauvie Island (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Sharon & Doug H. 3 mi. flat Explore this wooded and open area on opening day, when we hope the migrating birds will still be around. Oregon white oak abounds, as well as other shoreline trees.
Drive: 58 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a at end of Oak Island Rd on Sauvie Island. ($6/$0 + $10 daily Sauvie Island parking pass, available from the Cracker Barrel Store, on left after crossing the Sauvie Island Bridge.)
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APR 18 - Easy Hike Rooster Rock Wagon Trail (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Bee N.,Barbara P. 5 mi. 700 ft. Beginning at Portland Women's Forum viewpoint on Historic Highway 30, the farmer's wagon trail descends to river level with small waterfalls and nice views dotting this gentle down and up hike.
Drive: 72 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($7/$1)
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APR 23 - Easy Hike Dry Creek Falls (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Joan & Elmer G. 5 mi. 700 ft. We will start on the PCT near the Bridge of the Gods, and then turn off the PCT to proceed to Dry Creek Falls.
Drive: 120 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($12/$6) NWFP required.
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APR 25 - Hike Silver Creek Falls (Santiam Foothills)
Leaders: Joyce & Gary B. 6.6 mi. 200 ft. Hike the Rim, Winter, and Canyon trails (with views of 7 waterfalls along the way), then the North falls loop.
Drive: 130 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:15a WT ($13/$12) State Park Pass (Oregon) required.

APR 25 - Ramble Rowena Plateau (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Jane L.,Judy H. 2.2 mi. 300 ft. Rowena Plateau juts out over the Gorge at Tom McCall Preserve. The trail descends gently through oak grasslands and wildflowers. Lupine and balsamroot should be in full bloom. We will pass two ponds on our way to a spectacular viewpoint before looping back.
Drive: 170 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($17/$11)
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APR 30 - Hike Step Creek (Coast/Coast Mts)
Leaders: Val G.,Becky R. 7 mi. 880 ft. This is a new loop just finished in 2017. The hike begins on the Gales Creek Trail near Plenty Big Creek, crosses alder-shaded Nehalem River and the abandoned Tillamook Bay Railroad to arrive at its junction with the Step Creek Trail. The trail crosses both Plenty Big Creek and Step Creek several times along the loop.
Drive: 100 mi. HAZ 8:00a, 2nd meeting place 8:30a SPS ($10/$7)

APR 30 - Ramble Latourell and Bridal Veil Falls (Columbia Gorge)
Leaders: Sandra A.,Sharon W. 3.7 mi. 805 ft. First, loop through a delightful, mossy forest with ferns and flowers to enjoy, and of course, a spectacular waterfall. Then, an easy in-and-out walk to another waterfall just down the road. Boots and poles are recommended, due to possible damp conditions.
Drive: 89 mi. HAZ 8:30a, 2nd meeting place 9:15a L&C ($9/$3)


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