The first hike in our Self-Led Hikes series begins and ends at Gabriel Park.  Read on for details:

Name: Gabriel Park to Oleson Road and SWTrail #3 return
Neighborhood: Maplewood
Distance: 5.2 Miles
Rating: Medium
Elevation Change: 200 ft
Start/End Location: SW Community Center (Gabriel Park)
Map Links:    Interactive Map    GPX Download

This route is 5.2 miles in the Maplewood Neighborhood with quiet side streets lovely trees and well-kept yards to enjoy. The route wanders through a few parks along the way, has as 200ft elevation change, and is OK for strollers. There is one set of concrete steps and one narrowish trail.

Interactive Map Directions:

  • Touch the “Interactive Map” link at the top of this page to launch a web-based version of the route map from your mobile browser (i.e. chrome, or safari).
  • Touch the locate me button in the top-left corner of your display to activate a ‘blue dot’ showing your current location
  • Your blue dot will now follow the highlighted route from your mobile device!
  • Note, you may have to grant permission to allow the application to access location services.


Step-by-step Directions:
Begin this route at one of 2 entries: SW Community Center at SW Vermont and SW 45th on the street parking or in the Gabriel Park lot off Vermont. However, this route is a circle and therefore can be started at any point along the route.

Starting at Vermont street head West to 52nd and meander 1 block to Florida and on West to 60th left to Nevada Ct step and on with a left and right out to Oleson Rd. Head South on Oleson to Hideaway park and take the trail turning South at the step up to 68th and then on to Canby, now right to the East heading back Canby turns left to become 60th and then right onto Miles Ct and right again onto 59th and South to the April Hill Park NA trail on the left. Take the trail through the park over the creek and up to the main trail and head West on Logan up to 54th taking a slight left then right onto a cut through ROW trail and up to 55th now right and left on the Friends Church driveway up to Maplewood School at 52nd tuning right past the coffee house and around the corner onto the paved easement along Maplewood Rd stay on the road until left on 48th and right on Miles Ct and follow that to the end and down the trail to the Church and East across the parking lot to the trail down to 45th and across and up the other side in Gabriel PK. Now head West continuing through the park trail to a dogleg up to the new shelter (you need the online map for this turn point) do loop up to the new shelter and then back to the SWTrail 3 route through the park. Near the park exit now on paved trail take the path and zig and zag back to Vermont or the parking lot. That’s it, a great little walk, with some great scenery.

Happy Trails,

Self-Led Hike #1 Elevation Diagram



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