The Lake Oswego Loop (7 miles) A circular route around and about Oswego Lake
Hiking Lake Oswego Twelve Neighborhoods on Foot
Walking through 11 of the 22 LO Neighborhood Associations I began half way up Palisades through a really diverse swath of the Hallinan, Old Town, Lakewood, Foothills, Evergreen, 1st Addition, Northshore, Summit, Lake Grove, Bryant, and Blue Heron neighborhoods.
I walk on average 5.5 k an hour so the 11.6 k walk would take a mere 2 hours. Walking is always the best way to get a feel of the land and its history. I was accompanied along the way by various landmarks
Traffic blitzing by as I traversed down the Hallinan / McVey hills to Oswego’s original water feature at the Lake Corp and the intersection of Sucker Creek. A large mill stood in 1860 where the intriguing dam with metal plate walls and an old wooden tubing stands and a surprisingly beautiful and gentle series of waterfalls. The commerce from that mill was turned into Clipper freight ships docked down below George Rogers.
Turning the northeast corner of the loop onto State Street and George Rodgers park and Old Town people were streaming by walking, biking into the downtown core at Richard Sundleafs 1920′ Commercial masterpiece and the new Sundeleaf Plaza. It is reminiscent of the ancient square in north Mexico Arts mecca San Miguel with its manicured hedge rows minus the mariachi bands. I took a shortcut past the fountains and plaza sculptures lakeside up the new impressive pathway winding up beside the massive stone wall ( like of so many ancient pathways winding up to old European hilltop towns in France and Spain) up into Millenium Plaza. The perfect spot to discover an old friend and sample Honores Boulangerie pastries with some hot chocolate. My 5.5 pace was suddenly altered.
After a lovely croissant and conversation I headed through the Lake Oswego Evergreen district toward to check out any changes to my favorite Lake Oswego Buddhist sanctuary at the back corner of The Catholic Church and Evergreen. Back up ‘A’ street imagining smoldering fires creating coal on the north side of A st and huge steel carts barreling downhill on A st full of iron ore headed to the riverside foundry. I was tempted to pop into the Historical Society Building, but whisked down into Forest Hills past the lovely Vintage Homes cutting across the flanks of Iron Mtn through the deep primal Doug Firs with Village on the Lake to my left on toward the Hunt Club. A sign warning of deer kept my eyes peeled for brown four legged bodies standing still deep into the forest. The winter forest permitted a view almost all the way to the top of the crest of Iron Mtn where the narrow gage railroad used to run.
The best blackberry patches in LO reside on the right side or Iron Mtn just before you reach the Iconic Domed Hunt Club structure. I swung through the Campbell Gardens park across the train tracks onto Lakeview. Below to the left is Springbrook creek corridor that opens up to a once upon a time Native American village at the edge of the Lake.
I was curious if any of the Lakeside masterpieces had pending signs. Lake Grove swim Easement was empty of the summer throngs and at the corner of Lakeview and Southshore I Rounded the southwest corner of the loop and the final sprint up past the four canals, past Blue Heron easement and completing the 7 mile loop in 3.5 hours.