Mountain Park is called nature’s neighborhood for a reason – it’s one of the most incredible places to live in Lake Oswego, providing a dynamic and active close proximity to city amenities along with the comforting and peaceful feel of being immersed in Oregon’s most impressive wilderness. A plethora of different trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants line the streets and parks – the rich, fertile ground of Mountain Park has given rise to a great variety of species. With nutrient-saturated soil coming from the remains of an ancient volcano and at slight elevation, the growing conditions and climate are ideal support for an elaborate, complex, and mature ecosystem that has developed over many years while being carefully maintained and preserved by our expert landscape designers.
Generally sloping in nature, the vistas from any given location are pleasing, occasionally spectacular, and always changing, with Mt Hood, the Coast Range, and the lush valleys and settlements in between.
Mountain Park has eight miles of walking paths that meander through the parks and natural woodland common property. Download a map of the trail system showing all the streets, trails, and parks in Mountain Park, or better yet, visit the clubhouse and we’ll provide you with a paper map.
Of the trails, Evelyn Yates, a naturalist, upon her visit in the late 1970s, observed:
“At Mountain Park, I stood on high ground, where one can easily drift in imagination back to the pioneer days, for in the distance is Mount Hood and below and all around is the wonderful Williamette Valley. Here, the wild flowers are abundant, many used as food by the Indians and early settlers. The blue elderberries, for example, not only made fine pies and jam, but were an attractive tall plant for shading the back porch.
Oregon Grape, Berberis aquifolium, which is the state flower of Oregon, is abundant in mountain park. Wild flowers are everywhere, including lupines, our very familiar ox-eye white daisy, orange flowered oxalis, trilliums, inside-out flower, fireweed, foxglove, mullen, and many others. A vine of the bright orange flowered honey-suckle has draped itself in a small dogwood tree.
Madrona, which could compete well with the big-leafed maple and the dogwood for first place among the trees, is there. In bloomtime, the hummingbirds come to the urn-shaped flowers for the sweet nectar, and they are followed by pigeons and other wild birds for the berries in the fall.”