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Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Hikes and Rambles 
 Calendar & Detailed Descriptions of Hikes and Rambles

Welcome to our Hiking Program: Our group of volunteers has been planning and leading hikes for more than 30 years. Our goals are enjoyment of the outdoors, healthy activity and social interaction with like-minded friends. We are not intent on setting speed or distance records, but aim to promote appreciation and knowledge of the environment in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Our outings are Tuesdays and Thursdays, most within two hours' drive of Lake Oswego.  To receive Hike and Ramble updates by email each Friday, fill in this sign-up-form. To request that a printed seasonal schedule be mailed to you, contact Jennifer Gohr at For other questions email

Hikes vs Rambles: Hikes are for hikers of intermediate ability. Hiking distances are usually 6 - 10 miles, with elevation gains of 800 - 2000 ft. Rambles are typically shorter, less rugged, and more leisurely paced -- perfect for beginners. Rambles are usually 3 - 6 miles in length, with comfortable elevation gains and good trail conditions. Hike mileages and elevation gains specific to each hike, as well as driving distances, are listed in the descriptions that follow.
Meeting Places: All hikes and rambles leave from the City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation building at Palisades (PAL), 1500 Greentree Road, Lake Oswego. Please park in front of the building, near the street. Individual hike or ramble descriptions may include second meeting times and places (see "Second Meeting Places" table for details). No pre-registration is required. 
Second Meeting Places
Code Meeting Place
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 Interpretative 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. I-84 exit 18.
SPS Sunset Plaza Safeway, Exit 67 off US 26W, NW Murrary Rd. at Cornell, SE corner of parking lot
WT Wilsonville Target, I-5 Exit 286/Elligsen Rd east, NW corner Target parking lot.
CLICK HERE For a map of meeting places, PAL and Second Meeting Places.
Meeting times: Hikes leave at 8:00a (unless otherwise noted). Rambles leave at 8:30a (unless otherwise noted). Please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time to sign liability release and hike roster, pay $1 Parks & Rec fee, arrange carpools 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, extra jacket or vest, rain gear or umbrella, and personal items such as sunglasses, insect repellent, first aid kit, compact space blanket, whistle and flashlight. Bring extra shoes and a plastic bag to put muddy items in for the return trip (Your driver will thank you). Hiking poles are often helpful, but optional. Ticks and poison oak may be encountered.
Car Pooling & Fees: A $1 per person Lake Oswego Parks & Rec fee is payable to the hike leader before departure. Carpools are arranged among participants. Riders pay a mileage donation to the driver, and share any bridge tolls or parking fees. Driver donation amounts are listed with each hike or ramble description. ($ starting from PAL / $ starting from 2nd meeting place) All mileages shown are round-trip.
Park Passes: A Northwest Forest Pass (NWFP) may be required for each vehicle at selected trailheads in National Forests. A Washington Discover Pass (WDP) is required on most Washington state-owned land. Drivers are responsible for obtaining passes prior to the hike. A State Park Pass (SPP) is available for Day Use, where required, at Oregon State Park trailheads. 
 NWFP  Northwest Forest Pass
 WDP  Washington Discover Pass
 SPP  State Park Pass (Oregon)

General Information: Hikes and rambles are not cancelled due to rain, but are cancelled if Lake Oswego Schools are closed or delayed due to weather. Leaders may change hike location if hazardous driving or hiking conditions are anticipated. Leaders may refuse to take anyone judged not properly equipped or prepared. Participants accept responsibility for their personal safety. No pets permitted.
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