Lake Oswego quadrangle Map
This is upper Fanno Creek and
one of the hilliest urban terrains you will find anywhere. The highest
point, Council Crest, is almost a thousand feet higher than the lowest,
Fanno Creek near 45th Ave, and only little more than a mile separates them.
the northeast corner of this map, descending from near the crest of Council
Crest into Marquam Gulch, crossing Greenway Ave and Fairmount Blvd (where
it enters map A3). The it comes back into this map below Clemell
St, where it climbs up to Marquam Hill Rd and then goes down to connect
with the Marquam Hill - Terwilliger, one mile, trail segment. This
part of 40-mi trail is mostly in deep woods and deep canyons that give
the hiker a feel of being in wilderness. In spring, notice the trilliums
in the woods. In summer, pause to savor some of the wild red huckleberries
or thimble berries from along the trail. In autumn, the color
of the vine maples is spectacular. In winter, enjoy the expanded
views of the creek and the opposite hillside that the leafless deciduous
trees affords. Along this segment of the trail you might see a spectacular
poison ivy vine, several inches in diameter, climbing up a tall tree near
Fairmount Blvd loop (with
a short segment of Talbot Rd.) is a popular walking, running, and biking
route. It's 3.6 miles varies less than 100 feet in altitude (averaging
about 900'; 950' at his highest point, near the south end at Mitchell).
This is a route for the connoisseur of interesting architecture.
Pause at the parking area at the top
of Sherwood Pl. to look out over the city, especially if you are there
on a clear day when you can see Mt. Rainier beyond the left shoulder
of Mt. St. Helens. Or at night, when the city lights sparkle on both
sides of the Willamette - and of the Columbia.
Arm and Hammer house. A large
painting of the Arm and Hammer logo an an outside wall.
Awning house. Cubical house that
was once used on the cover of Sunset Magazine; it had a large orange circular
Ultramodern house with sweeping lines
of design and sweeping views of Mt Hood over Portland.
Zidell house. Perched on top of
a ship's mast.
Greenhouse house. Stone house
with large sunroom, built on very steep, wooded hillside.
Outstanding connector trails
Several Portland Heritage Trees are located within this map segment:
Water Bureau trail connecting Fairmount
Blvd with Martins Lane. Adjacent homes have their water meters along
this trail. The homeowner at the bottom of the trail once posted
a sign, "Warning: coyote crossing"
because of the frequent coyote sightings along this trail.
The Twombly - Melville shortcut.
The top and bottom of this three block route start in driveways and may
not be recognized as a pedestrian route..
18th Dr. Many decades ago, the
only road direct from Hillsdale to Healy Heights. Partly paved street
and partly trail. The trail section was resurfaced by volunteers
from the Southwest Trails group using ground up pavement and gravel and
constructing the trail so as to preclude travel by four-wheeled vehicles.
The material has turned out to be ideal for trail surfacing. The
gulch midway in the trail was recently washed out by a large slide that
resulted in a diversion of flood waters that flooded streets as far away
as the intersection of Dosch Rd. with Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.
Downsview - Ericwood path. Follows
a steep, old road and passes a private, community swimming pool.
This route drops down into one of the several secluded, deep, heavily wooded
ravines that drain this south end of the Tualatin Hills. A little
farther downstream, this ravine is crossed by,
The Westdale - Tunnelwood connector.
One of several connectors used by students of Bridlemile School.
Two more school routes are:
The Lowell Ct - 48th Place connector. This one has well maintained
stairs and a bridge.
The Admiral Ct - 45th Ave connector. (Another popular connector near
Bridlemile School was lost to public use when one of the four adjacent
properties was resold.)
The Beaverton Hillsdale Highway - Cullen connector at 45th Ave. At
least two houses have 45th Ave addresses that front not a street, but rather
It's actually a street, but it looks like a trail, and at it's north end
it looks like a private driveway: the Admiral Ct. - Beaverton Hillsdale
Highway connector along 43rd Ave.
A road that has been converted to a trail is the 36th to 37th section of
Another is 49th Ave north of Iowa.
Don't miss the street that is almost a trail: Flower St. at Cullen Blvd.
(Cullen Blvd has been closed to vehicular traffic because of unstable ground.
The slide has destroyed a home below Cullen Blvd. Neighbors discovered
that Cullen is not owned and maintained by the city, forcing the closure.)
Kanan St where it becomes a trail between 23rd Ave. and 18th Ave, and it's
side trail leading to 21st Ave.
The trail connecting Beaverton Hillsdale Highway with Bertha Blvd at 25th
Portland Parks Bureau Parks include:
The Garry Oak at the north end of 29th Pl. off Sunset Blvd. This
tree graces the cover of Trees of Greater Portland, by Phyllis Reynolds.
The Bellflower Apple tree at the cul-de-sac of Campbell Ct, south of Sunset
More Heritage trees are located nearby on Dosch Park Ln, a private road
on the land originally owned by Colonel Dosch, later the Campbells, and
finally James Driscoll who developed the property into a beautiful, secluded
wooded area of fine homes.
More interesting architecture:
Council Crest Park. Formerly, site of amusement park and upper terminus
of the trolley line; now site of the police radio tower. Recently
renovated and includes several interesting historical comments. Lovely
views of the city with Cascade peaks in background, weather permitting.
Pedestrians and bicyclists: Don't drink the water at the two drinking fountains
in the park (Ugghhh). Try the sparkling, delicious water from the
bubbler fountain just outside the park (south) at the intersection of Council
Crest Blvd and Greenway Ave. (Motorists on Council Crest might consider
walking or biking next time.)
Gabriel Park. Big. Varied. With new community center.
Hillsdale Park. Little known gem behind the trees along Beaverton
Hillsdale Highway near 28th Ave.
Kelley Park. Offers a variety of recreation opportunities along both
sides of a small permanently flowing creek.
Healy Heights Park. Nice drinking fountain, especially well placed
for runners, bikers and walkers. (Also playground equipment, basketball
hoop and soccer field.)
Glencullen vestpocket park. Not very big.
Watch for interesting map errors that appear on most maps:
The cable-construction—looks like a yurt—home on Dosch Rd at Dosch Ct.
Note also the breadbox home next door with its outdoor atrium on the top
floor (Robert and Laura Magliore, architects).
The two churches plus synagogue at the bottom of Dosch Rd, on or near Flower
Terrace or Peaceful Ln. The interiors of the synagogue and the Portland
Christian Center are striking.
Many nice homes and gardens are located the length of Council Crest Drive.
Map makers frequently mistake a section line for a street. SW 25th
Ave is along a section line. Immediately north of Boundary St there
is a section line but no 25th. Most maps show a street there.
"Dedicated" streets, even when they could never exist because they would
need elevators to carry vehicles up and down the steep slopes, are frequently
improperly shown. On your "standard" Portland map, look for the grid
of dedicated streets south of Kanan between 18th and 25th Avenues.
Look for crossings of the steep ravine between Idaho and Iowa Streets west
of 32nd Avenue. No connecting road exists between Sweetbriar Dr and
either Dosch Rd or Downsview Terrace: most maps show connectors.
The Twombly-Melville shortcut trail is usually shown as a street, and even
occasionally shown extending to Fairmount Blvd, up a virtual cliff.
Most maps show 33rd Ave connecting to 32nd via California St: it doesn't.