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This walk is on a super easy, flat, tranquil, 0.8 mile round trip, paved trail with views of Johnson Creek and Commonwealth Lake. We'll travel past willow (yellow twigs), red-osier dogwood (red twigs) and some oak trees. We will be able to see Great Blue Heron, ducks, geese, mallards, wigeons, coots and buffleheads. We usually do 3-4 loops for those that want to get their steps in for the day. DOGS ARE PERMITTED on leashes. Please clean up after your dog. We will start the walk at the Butner Street Commonwealth Park entrance, so park on Huntington Avenue or any of the neighboring roads nearby. For some socializing plan to stop in at the Starbucks afterwards. It is located at 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd in the Cedar hills Crossing Shopping Center. A donation of $1.00 is greatly appreciated.
Mary S. Young State Park is located within the city of West Linn and gives us an opportunity to walk on paved trails and chip trails along the Willamette River (Riverside Loop Trail) near rocky beaches and also head into heavily wooded areas along several creek trails - Heron Creek Loop Trail and Trillium Trail. There are more than 5 miles of trails, all fairly flat. It is a great area to do some bird watching and there are viewpoints set up. Bring a lunch if you'd like as there are picnic areas & shelters. The park has restrooms and water fountains. Dogs are permitted on a leash on the trails. There is also an Off-Leash Pet Area. Let's meet up at the north end of the parking lot right by the trail sign. Donation of $1.00 is greatly appreciated.
Summer Lake is the beautiful center piece to the 30 acre park. Trails, including 3 footbridges over the lake, give walkers access to the lake, the Rhododendrom garden and open spaces with small wooded areas. The park is home to songbirds, ducks, Canadian Geese and aquatic animals. Dogs are permitted on a leash. Please clean up after your pet. There is a Dog Park area where dogs can run free. There are restrooms and a covered picnic area. The parking lot is off Winter Lake Drive. If all spaces are taken, park on the neighborhood street. Let's meet up at the covered area. A voluntary $1.00 donation is greatly appreciated.
The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a state park on 645 acres with walking, bicycling and horse trails throughout. There are numerous loop-type trails to walk, under[masked] year canopies of deciduous and coniferous trees and areas with lots of native flowers. We may encounter forest critters such as coyotes, deer, skunks, foxes, flying squirrels, beavers, shrew moles, brush rabbits and salamanders. Owls and woodpeckers can be heard up in the trees. There are lots of little foot bridges and viewing platforms. This should be a fun walk, rain or shine. Bring your cameras! Dogs are permitted on a leash. Please clean up after your pet. A donation of $1.00 is greatly appreciated.