OUTDOORS

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Mountain Park is called “Nature’s Neighborhood” for a reason – this community has immediate access to close to 200 acres of greenspace within Lake Oswego, including parks and play areas, miles and miles of walking trails, and a combination of riparian, wetland, and upland mixed conifer-broadleaf forest. A plethora of different trees, shrubs, and flowers, line the streets and parks. From the top of the ancient volcano Mt. Sylvania, now known as Nansen Summit, the vistas include a view of Mt. Hood, the Coast Range, and the lush valleys and settlements in between.

WALKING TRAILS

Mountain Park has miles of walking paths that meander through the parks and natural woodland common property, following tributaries of creeks leading into three watersheds, Oswego Lake, Tualatin River and the Willamette River.

Download a map of the trail system showing all the streets, trails, and parks in Mountain Park, or visit the clubhouse and we’ll provide you with a paper map.

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“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 Willamette 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, mullein, 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 the 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.”

-Evelyn Yates, a naturalist, upon her visit in the late 1970s

Located on Jefferson Parkway just north of the clubhouse, Brook Gutman Park is where the tennis courts are located. It also offers a grassy area and walking trails. The park is named after the association’s first landscape manager who worked for Mountain Park for more than 25 years and was responsible for care and design of the common areas.

The smallest, most intimate park, is hidden from street view, and only accessible by walking trails that meander from Del Prado, Da Vinci, and Cellini streets. It offers a children’s play structure and picnic tables underneath towering evergreens.

This park is located on the eastern side of the mountain bordered by Churchill Downs, McNary Parkway, and Tanglewood Drive. The park has a children’s play structure, benches, and Springbrook Creek flows beside it.

At the top of the summit is th e ancient volcano of the Boring Lava Field, Mount Sylvania, and the highest point in Lake Oswego at an elevation of 975 feet. This park offers a grassy area, benches, ornamental and native plantings, a weather station, and a 360 degree sweeping view of the landscape with views of the Tualatin River Valley and the West Hills.

A quiet neighborhood park tucked behind Preakness Court with a few benches, a small grassy area, and stone bridges crossing Springbrook Creek and Monticello Tributary.

This park is the largest contiguous greenspace in Mountain Park and the site of an ongoing restoration and stormwater management system along Independence Tributary which leads into Springbrook Creek. Large bigleaf maples provide dappled shade, benches are available, and the trails lead to Gress Park, the Kerr Reservoir, Mountain Park Clubhouse and Gutman Park, as well as, Preakness Park.

The second largest open space in Mountain Park is located at the southern tip of “Nature’s Neighborhood”. It is bordered by Touchstone, Hotspur, and Othello, and offers benches, a large grassy area, and a children’s play structure.  The sunny, well-maintained lawn hosts community gatherings, picnics, and the annual 4th of July celebration.  The park also has large trees which provide shade around the walking trails.