Weekly Walks
some starting places of the past
Southwest Portland
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A click-on-the-circled-letters Index Map
Here's the second of several index pages for our walk routes.  The numbers in circles link to pages that show the maps which have been used in the past for weekly walks -- and some pages have route descriptions and maybe some pictures of what we see there.  Watch these pages grow as more complete descriptions, more photos, and more routes are added.

The walk groups are generally about 12 walkers, but as few as 2 and as many as 20 might show up.  Sufficient parking is always a concern, and 7 or 8 cars sometimes need to find spaces.  Occasionally the walks involve a car shuttle: that allows walks through more remote areas and sometimes lets the walk be mostly downhill.

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. 

At one time or another, we have used each of these meeting places for our walks.  Each had adequate parking (at the time -- some would be a little skimpy when we have more than 5 or 6 cars) and each has interesting loop routes, of 2.5 to 5 miles, to walk.  Not all of our many starting places on this map are shown.  We will add more as they seem appropriate.

We expect to develop all the following with route descriptions and pictures
First, come the maps we have used in the past -- those are currently posted

Map
no.
Parking
Walk(s)
A
Lower Macleay Park, on NW Upshur Parking is under the Thurman St Bridge Lower Macleay Trail up Balch Creek is only one of the ways to go from here.  The stairs up to Thurman leads to the streets that lead to Cumberland and Macleay Blvd, with their trails into Forest Park.  Or take the sidewalk/path to the north.
B
NW Cumberland --  near Luray Terrace.  Parking is ample on the South side of Cumberland Both Cumberland and Luray lead into Forest Park.  The streets in the area are steep, winding and have spectacular views.  Pittock Mansion can be reached the "front" way, up  Monte Vista. 
C
Macleay Park -- Audubon  Ample parking Wildwood Trail crosses Cornell here.  Trails extend through the bird sanctuary on both sides of Cornell.  Cornell and 53rd are good walks, too.
D
Pittock Acres Park , parking lot On Wildwood trail.  Good street routes, too
E
Hoyt Arboretum, Tree house (headquarters) and Viet Nam Veterans Memorial parking lot.  Many trails.  Wildwood Trail starts (mi 0) at the Viet Nam memorial parking. 
F
Council Crest Park, summit. The 40-mile trail passes just below the summit. The streets make good walking, too.
G
Hillsdale Park, corner of SW 25th & Kanan. New trail goes up to the Robert Gray School playground fence and follows outside the fenced are to the school route over the Trillium Creek bridge
H
George Himes Park, Nebraska at Terwilliger Blvd.  Ample parking on Nebraska Two trails go down through Himes Park to the flood plain below, at Iowa St.  Several goo walking routes on streets are available, too; for example, Terwilliger to Cheltenham or Westwood.
I
Eastmoreland Park, SE Bybee at 27th.  Parking lot at edge of golf course. Area of fine old homes with unusually large trees.  Access to Springwater Corridor via Crystal Springs Rd.
J
Selwood Park,  north parking lot.  (Parking at north edge of Oaks Bottoms--across from the Olive Farm--is somewhat limited.) Access to Oaks Bottoms.
K
Gabriel Park, Off-leash dog parking area; north-central parking area, and south parking area.  (Don't use SWCC parking.) Several miles of trail within the park.  Good street walks in all directions, but access to the southwest quadrant is poor, on busy streets.
L
Fanno Creek Trail at Denney Rd. Small parking lot at north end of formal trail section.  Additional parking on nearby Belaire Fanno Creek Trail extends south from here, and a new bridge crosses Fanno Creek north of here -- take Denny over the freeway and go north on SW 105th.  From the parking lots for the businesses on Allen a new trail is scheduled to be built to the west to Schools Ferry Rd at Allen where it will connect with the trail to Garden Home Rec. Cen.  Beaverton to the west of Fanno Creek has many streets, parks and walks (behind the houses) that make nice routes.
M
Greenway, at Albertsons on Hall.  Shopping center parking. Fanno Creek Trail extends both to the North and the south.  System of trails in Greenway Park.  Nearby streets make nice walks if we avoid the busy streets.
A
Petercort Area, Albertsons  Good routes through the meandering streets to the north (the old Petercort Property).  Several trails through undeveloped areas.  Two spectacular wooden pedestrian bridges over Cedar Hills Blvd.
B
Taylor Crest, at Miller Rd.  Parking on Ash St. Ash St and Copeland St have pedestrian access across the county line, but no through routes for vehicles.
C
Eastbank Esplanade parking on Water Ave. Nice loop using Eastbank Esplanade, Steel Bridge, Waterfront Park, and Hawthorne Bridge.  Springwater Corridor trail extends to the south, eventually to the town of Boring -- a short stretch awaits completion of three pedestrian bridges over McLaughlin and some railroad tracks.
D
Governors Park, on Davenport St Undeveloped park has no good routes within it, but the routes in both directions on Davenport have many nice loops with spectacular views of the city and many small parks and long sets of stairs.
E
Marquam Nature Park shelter parking 
Maps
Marquam Nature park has many trails, and Terwilliger Blvd is a short distance from the Marquam Shelter.
F
Terwilliger Blvd -- mile 1.5  at Hamilton. Several small to medium parking areas (limit 2 hrs) give access to Forty-Mile Trail and nice walks through the hospital area (OHSU and Vet.) above here. Spanish American War Memorial is near here.
G
Fairmount Blvd , at Chesapeake. Small parking lot. SW Trail #1 (Helen Farrens Trail) near here (stairs to west of Fairmount).  Good parking for Fairmount loop and the many trails sprinkled about this area.
H
Hillsdale,  near Starbucks Starting place for most SWTrails monthly walks
I
George Himes Park, lower  at Iowa Forty-Mile Trail goes west up into Himes Park, and east to Selwood Bridge.
J
Willamette Park,  south lot.  Ample, free parking, except the seasons when the boat launching is active. The Greenway Trail on the waterfront passes north-south through the park.  Several good routes from the waterfront parks go up to the top of the hills to the west -- Custer Steps, Himes Park, Lewis & Clark College Trail, Riverview Cemetery (Virgil Earp's grave), . . . 
K
Garden Home Rec. Cent. New trail (over new sewer line) to west which connects to many streets, most of which have interesting routes possible.
L
Royal Woodlands, south  Park on Elm All streets in Royal Woodlands are nice walking.  Many connections to trails and parks.