RAPS Hikers

We are a small group of RAPS members who plan eleven hikes per year. They range from simple local hikes to more strenuous hikes on public hiking trails within a 70 mile radius of Portland. Hikes are chosen with difficulty levels within the abilities of the regular hikers. Hikes scheduled near urban areas are followed by lunch at a local cafe of our choosing. National Forest and Columbia Gorge hikes are usually sack lunches eaten on the trail.

 

This year we are hiking on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

 

RSVP's are highly recommended so that we don't leave someone behind. Contact Larry Sawyer at larry_sawyer@comcast.net for more details.

 

On a date and time to be announced in December, the regular hikers will hold their annual potluck and planning session for the next year's January through November hikes.

 

2018 SCHEDULE:

 

January 23rd: WILLAMETTE RIVER LOOP BETWEEN SELLWOOD & TILLICUM

We will meet at 9:30am in the Sellwood Riverfront Park parking lot located on the East side of the river between the bridge and Oaks Park. There are restrooms there. The hike will go across the Sellwood Bridge and travel North on the West side to the Tillicum Bridge. From there, we will cross the bridge and return to Sellwood Riverfront Park on the East side passing by Oaks Bottom. Lunch will be at a restaurant of choice in the Sellwood area. No elevation gain and a distance of about  miles.

 

February 27th:  Lake Oswego Old River Road

 

The hike begins at George Rogers Park located at 611 State Street in Lake Oswego and is on a paved trail that is 1.3 miles long, for a total out and back of 2.6 miles. Turn into the park on Green Street, and park east of Furnace Street.  It provides wonderful views of the Willamette River and the surrounding area, including seasonal waterfalls.  The trail also features historical information about the Native Americans who had settled in the area and the early industrial buildings that brought the iron industry to the town that is now Lake Oswego.  Ruins of some of these early industrial buildings can be viewed along the hike. There is also access to the waterfront, and a path to Marylhurst for those who might like to walk farther.

Lunch at Nicoletta's Table at 333 South State Street, Suite M.

View more information on the hike (HERE) 

 

 

March 27th:  CHAMPOEG STATE PARK

This will be a carpool hike. Meet at 9:00am at the SE corner of the Gateway Transit Center parking garage. 

The park is on the Willamette River and is part of Oregon history. It is the site where 100 white males voted between a British or an American style of government on May 2, 1843. Joe Meek and the Americans won by 2 votes. This vote eventually lead to the establishing of the Oregon Territory in 1848.

To read about the history, click (HERE) for William L. Sullivan's description in the 2011 edition of HIKING OREGON'S HISTORY.

There are two options for hiking loops within the park. Possible lunch at the park cafe.

Click (HERE) to view the two option descriptions.

 

April 24th:   WIND MOUNTAIN - WASHINGTON SIDE OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE

This is a carpool hike. Meet at 9am at the SE corner of the Gateway Transit Center Parking Garage. The trail isn't well traveled, and isn't mentioned in many hiking books.

Click (HERE) to read the November 5, 2017 Oregonian article.

Click on the URL below for more information:

 

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/wind-mountain-trail

 

More information to follow.

 

May 22nd:  CAMASSIA AND THE OREGON CITY TROLLY TRAIL

The Camassia Nature Preserve is a 22.5 acre natural area with trails. We will combine that hike with a hike of the old trolley line in the Oregon City Area. 

View the Camassia Nature Preserve information at the following URL:

https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/... Look under "Things to do"

 

View the trolley trail at the following URL:

http://ncprd.com/parks-and-trails/trolley-trail-map

 

More information to follow.

 

June 26th:  TRILLIUM LAKE LOOP ON MT HOOD

This will be a car pool and sack lunch hike. Meet at 9:00am at the Gateway Transit Center SE corner of the parking garage.

Hike information can be found on the following link:

 http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Trillium_Lake_Loop_Hike

 

 

July 24th:  CASCADE HEAD

This will be a carpool hike and a sack lunch hike. Meet in the parking lot by the DMV office in the Cedar Hills Shopping Center located near the junction of highways 26 and 217.

This is the only Oregon coast hike in 2018.

We will be taking the easier 4.2 mile round trip hike from Sullivan's Oregon Coast hikes.

 

View Sullivan's description HERE.

 

View a general description of the cape and its trails at:

http://www.oregon.com/recreation/cascade-head

 

 

August 28th:  LEWIS RIVER IN WASHINGTON

This will be a long travel time, and will be a car pool and sack lunch. Meet at the Safeway parking lot just on the Oregon side of the Interstate Bridge at 8:30am. Take the last exit before crossing the bridge and loop right to the Safeway parking lot.

Two possible hikes are being considered. Both on the Lewis River. Either the Lewis River falls section or the Lucia/Moulton section.

More information to follow.

 

September 25th:  FERN HILLS WETLAND

Located South of Forest Grove. More information to follow.

 

October 23rd:  DESCHUTTES RIVER TRAIL

We will walk along the river beginning at the river's mouth for about 2.5 miles before returning on the same trail. This will be a car pool hike. Meet at the Gateway Transit Center SE corner of the parking structure at 8:30am. Lunch in The Dalles. More information to follow.

 

November 27th:  ROCK CREEK NORTH

More information to follow.