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)
NOV 1 6 8 14
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

NOV | Coordinators: Tuesday Barbara P., Thursday Diane B.
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NOV 01 - Ramble Hoyt Arboretum (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a Changes: Ramble mi. & elev., parking info.
Leader: Kathi N. 3 - 3.5 mi. 100 ft. We will explore Hoyt Arboretum starting at the information building (where restrooms are available). The walk is on paved and soft trails but poles and boots are suggested. Note that there is a parking fee, but there is some parking on the street.
Scout Report: Kathi says; 3-3.5 miles (depends on weather), elevation gain is 100 feet. We will explore Hoyt Arboretum starting at the information building where restrooms are available. Some pavement but mostly soft forest trails. Boots and poles, if wet.
Drive: 26 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:45 Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd, Portland ($3/$0 + Parking fee $2/hour (also limited free street parking))
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NOV 06 - Ramble Tryon Park (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a Changes: Ramble mi. & elev.
Leader: Vicci M. 3 - 4 mi. 300 ft. A leisurely walk along several trails in the west section of Tryon Park. Some ups and downs on irregular surfaces, so please have poles and sturdy boots.
Scout Report: Vicci says; This is a moderate ramble of 3-4 miles, 300 ' elevation. The pace will be slow. Weather permitting, we will go through the west section of the park, primarily on the Cedar, Lewis and Clark and North Horse Loop trails. There are areas of uneven surface with mud, roots and ruts so bring poles and sturdy footwear. Enough up and down to know you've had a good workout! Lunch on your own or we can go to Dangs for Thai.
Drive: 9 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30 Tryon Creek Nature Center ($1/$0)
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NOV 08 - Ramble Cook's Butte (Portland / Valley)
LATE DEPARTURE 9:00a Changes: Rmble mi.
Leaders: Sharon & Doug H. 2.2 - 2.9 mi. 400 ft. Walk from HAZ to the top of Cook's Butte and back down through neighborhoods--a nice leg stretcher to end our season. This is a good trail, although it is somewhat steep for short distances.
Scout Report: Sharon says; This will be a leisurely walk directly from our first meeting place at HAZ. Restrooms there. The basic walk will be 2.2 miles, heading up for almost 400 feet to the top of Cooks Butte. From there we can return via neighborhoods (does not change the basic distance), or retrace our steps and add (or not) a 2/3 mile loop at Stevens Meadow.
Drive: 0 mi. HAZ 9:00a, No 2nd meeting place ($0)
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NOV 14 - MEETING: Annual Potluck
TIME: 9:00am - 2:00pm AT: United Methodist Church at 1855 South Shore Boulevard, Lake Oswego.
8:45-9:00: DROP OFF YOUR POTLUCK DISH
What to bring? BRING A DISH TO SHARE:
Salad, main dish, side dish, dessert or appetizer. It helps the servers if you label your dish and utensil. We have the availability of refrigeration but hot dishes need to be brought in crock pots.
BRING YOUR OWN PLACE SETTING:Plate(s), utensils, cup/mug, napkin.Someone always forgets so an extra set would be thoughtful.

9:15: THE WALK
Robina leads a 3 mile pre-Potluck walk around the neighborhood.We will explore the neighborhood for about 3 miles and be back in time for appetizers and a warm drink by 11. All leaders, past and present, peruse the leader gift table for an array of useful and nostalgic items. Everyone is encouraged to take a t-shirt!

11:00-11:30: WE'RE BACK AND OUR POTLUCK BEGINS!
If you choose not to walk, you'll want to arrive at 11 with your potluck dish. Coffee, tea and appetizers will be out and this is the time to share the new silver memories we've made on our wonderful 2018 hikes and reminisce the golden memories from past trails.

11:30: Potluck luncheon is served.

12:00 (give or take a second helping and dessert):
Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker will be Jamie Hale, Outdoor and Travel Writer for The Oregonian.

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.
Please join us to plan the hikes and rambles for Summer 2019.
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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.
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.
Drive: 20 mi. HAZ 9:00a, 2nd meeting place 9:30a Johnson Creek Park at SE 21st & SE Clatsop ($2/$0)
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JAN 31 - Winter Ramble Hazelia Agri-Cultural Heritage Trail (Portland / Valley)
Leaders: Sharon H.,Karen D. 4 mi. 200 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.
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 Eagle Viewing and walk in The Dalles (Columbia Gorge)
EARLY DEPARTURE 8:30a
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.
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.
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)
Leader: Linda F. 3 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.
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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