Thursday Walks
some starting places of the past
Lake Oswego area
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Here's the first of several index pages for our walk routes.  The numbers in circles will link to pages with route descriptions and maps -- and maybe some pictures of what we see there.
For now only 8, 7, and 9 go anywhere other than the "Accurate Maps" page.

The index map is the Oregon Department of Transportation Portland area map from the state map they published in 1991 for free distribution.  It shows all the streets quite accurately.  It shows the arterials highlighted and is especially good for finding routes to get across town.  Note that this region is most easily accessed from freeways 217and I-5, and from Riverside Drive and Boones Ferry Rd.

At one time or another, we have used all of these meeting places for our walks.  Each had adequate parking (at the time -- some would be a little skimpy now) and each has interesting loop routes, of 2.5 to 5 miles, to walk.  Not all of our starting places on this map are shown.  We will add more as they seem appropriate.

We will develop the following with route descriptions and pictures:

Map
no.
Parking
Walk(s)
1
Marshall Park, on SW 18th Pl, just north of Collins, or on Collins.  Park in parking area for park (about 7-12?) cars or along Collins. Several loops possible on streets (little traffic) and trails, some in parks, some not.  Includes along Tryon Creek, in north end of Tryon Creek State Park, Lancaster Road, Quail Post surroundings, Maracara Park, and more.
2
Tryon Creek State Park, at park headquarters.  (But also at parking areas on Boones Ferry Rd--Equestrian Trail & Pedestrian Trail--and on Terwilliger at Iron Mtn Trail).  Might have to find some parking a little distance from any of these; they sometimes fill up. All the trails of the Park.  Many interesting street and path walks in areas surrounding the Park. 
3
Riverdale, street parking along Summerville, Radcliffe, Carey.  Avoid blocking driveways and school bus stops.  Trails up to Lewis & Clark College and up to Palatine Hill Rd via Summerville.  Also to Ira Powers Marine Park, which extends south almost to Radcliffe.
4
 Bishops Close, parking inside gate--read instructions on signs.  Spectacular gardens overlooking Wilamette River.
5
Mary Young State Park, park at the facilities in the park or along the street just outside the park on the streets nearest the river.  Several trails in the Park, including access to the river.  There are routes through the fences both to the north and to the south near the east end of the park.  Street routes are mostly level between the river and Riverside Drive -- and good hills with some trails to the west of Riverside Dr.
6
Waluga Park, at Quarry Rd parking lot, or the new parking lot in the new part of the park on Waluga Rd. To the west, Twin Fir Rd and Lanewood St are alternate routes to Wembly Park, Pennington Park, and the Iron Mtn area.  The south and west is largely older parts of town with low-traffic narrow streets. 
7
Cook Park, with very large parking areas.  Many trails, some paved, in the park and radiating around the park.  A paved trail extends upstream along the river and has access to many newer developments that lie south of Durham Rd.  There are new trails connecting to the Fanno Creek trail system and Durham Park.
8
Tigard City Hall and Library, Several parking lots Fanno Creek Trail is just south of City Hall and has many connections to streets in the area.  Fanno Creek trail has a few finished parts to the south reachable via streets off of Hall.  Many trails have recently been added to Tigard's well-develop system of ped/bike routes.
9
Ibach Park, about a mile to the south of Avery St, on Ibach Street (off Grahams Ferry Rd).  Lots of parking. Site of a wondnrous playground sand box and river--plus two diabolical dizzy-go-rounds that combine a merry-go-round with a giant physics classroom demonstration.  Trails radiate from Ibach park to the north and east.
1
Durham Park, on Fanno Creek near its confluence with the Tualatin River.  Parking in the park. Trail to west to Fanno Creek trail and to Cook Park.  Routes to east require some walking on Boones Ferry Road -- City of Tualatin civic center to south has interesting landscaping and sculputres.  Parks to north and east of there.
2
Jean St east of Bryant Rd, parking at schools (Bryant Elementary & Waluga Jr Hi) on non-school days -- on nearby streets, otherwise. Many trails connect streets in this area.  Bryant Woods is nearby to the south and now has a trail into it.  A pedestrian bridge crosses Blue Heron arm of Lake Oswego to the east.  Many interesting loop walks from here.
3
Greentree Rd near Greentree School.  Street parking. This is a broad flat between Cook Butte to the south and Lake Oswego canyon to the south.  Nice walks in a maze of twisty streets and connecting paths.  New trails on south side of Cook Butte--part of the trail system of Three River Conservancy.
4
George Rogers Park, large parking lots. Old iron smelter in park.  Trail to south along river connects with Old River Rd which goes between Wilamette River and Marylhurst College.  Nice loops are possible going up onto the hill to the west (Cornell Ave, Cherry Dr or Green Bluff Ln).
5
Lake Oswego civic center parking on both sides of railroad tracks where they cross State St--upper parking access via A St.  (parking may now be metered?) Both south and north sides of the lake are accessible from here.  Mostly narrow winding streets.
6
Oswego Towne Center,  large parking lot at Monroe Pky and School Ferry Rd. Loops to south and west go over the trail system of Mountain Park.  Loops to the east are over both trails and streets and may enter Tryon Creek State Park.
7
Jefferson Pkwy, near Rec. Cent.  Park on Jefferson or on Independence. Center of trail system of Mountain Park.  Mount Sylvania and PCC campus to the west.  Boones Ferry Rd to east.  It's mostly downhill to start--uphill to return.
8
Westlake Park,  parking is ample in the northwest parking area. Good routes, that use both trails and low-traffic streets, in all directions.