Lake Oswego quadrangleMap
These are the hills of Woods Creek
(to the north) and Ash Creek (to the south). The old electric railroad
bed was cut through these hills, and high trestle bridges connected the
track over such gulleys as was Woods Creek. Today that route is Multnomah
Blvd, and the trestles have been replaced with high land fills. Multnomah
Blvd was fitted with bike/pedestrian paths on both sides, and so this is
the one truly level route in these hills. The parallel, Garden Home
Rd, on the other hand, dips and climbs as it connects Garden Home with
The hills of the two branches of
Ash Creek are generally steeper and higher. Running between the branches,
and on a relatively flat ridge extending east to west, is Taylors Ferry
Road in the part of town known as West Portland.
The lower right corner (SE) of the
map is the Marquam School neighborhood, drained on the easy by upper Tryon
Creek (via the fields of Jackson Middle School) and Arnold Creek.
Interstate 5 cuts across this corner and presents a barrier to pedestrians
and bikers. Crossings are possible only at Pacific Highway
and at Barbur/Capitol Highway.
Outstanding connector trails
The trails through Hideaway Park connecting
Hickman Lane, 66th Ave, and Oleson Rd.
The trails through April Hill Park and
footpaths to the east, connecting Miles St with Maplewood School.
The short trail south of Multnomah Blvd
at 61st Ave giving pedestrians the only connection between Multonomah Blvd
and Garden Home Rd for over a mile.
Brugger St is connected by demand trails
between 51st Ave and 55th Ave.
Monshadow Park gives a pedestrian/bicycle
route from Alden to 68th Pl and 69th Ave.
Trails through Woods Memorial Park connect
the Capitol Hgy area near Marigold St with the streets near 45th Dr.
Pedestrians can go West from Dickenson,
near 64th and 65th by taking the county line trail north from Dickenson,
which then connects to a variety of paths, north and west. (Note
the power distribution line that marks the county line here.)
Portland Parks Bureau parks include:
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District parks include
Gabriel Park. Big. Varied. With new community center.
April Hill Park. At Logan Ct, between 54th Ave and 59th Ave.
Woods Memorial Park. Deeply wooded, with extensive trail system (see
map on this site).
Dickenson Park. Newly acquired by the city, and augmented with adjacent
land. Between 55 Ave and 57th Dr, north of Dikenson St. The
future of this park is currently under discussion.
Watch for interesting map errors that appear on most maps:
Hideaway Park. At the southwest corner of the map, where the stream
crosses Oleson R, a little south of Miles Ct. Trails connect to Hickman
Lane and 68th Ave.
Raleighwood Park. A wetlands on the Sylvan Ck branch of Fanno Ck. Accessible
from Raleighwood Wy and Bancroft Wy.
Moonshadow Park. On Ash Creek, north of, and paralleling Alden St.
Paved trail connects to 68th Pl, to the north.
Most maps show a grid of streets in the area surrounding 49th Ave and Marigold
St, only a fraction of which actually exist. The streets as shown
would require high bridges to transverse the deep, steep ravines.
In addition, many maps show gross errors in the way the numbered, north-south
streets cross Dolph Ct. Dolph Ct is the east-west section line, and
land survey corrections (needed because the earth is spherical, not a plane)
are made here. These are often depicted incorrectly. One maps shows
an extra block tucked in near Dolph Ct and 50th Ave.
Many maps show 62nd Ave connecting Pomona and Dickenson. It doesn't.