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Chehalem Glenn Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Footbridge over Spring Brook, Chehalem Glenn (bobcat)
Stropharia mushroom, Chehalem Glenn (bobcat)
Descending to Spring Brook, Chehalem Glenn (bobcat)
Spreading oak, Schaad Park (bobcat)
Chehalem Glenn foot trails in yellow; sidewalk sections in orange (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Google Maps
  • Start point: PCC Newberg TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End Point: Schaad Park
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 4.1 miles
  • Elevation gain: 320 feet
  • High Point: 330 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: All year
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Description

The Chehalem Park and Recreation District has been busy laying out a series of on-street and off-street trails in Yamhill County. One such effort is this loop which meanders around the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. About half of this route is wooded, while the rest takes to sidewalks in new developments near the eastern city limits of Newberg. You’ll cross Spring Brook twice and explore a sliver of Parrett Mountain when you get to Schaad Park. There are some ups and downs, so a fast walk will provide some exercise, and the views from Schaad Park take in the Chehalem Hills, the Red Hills of Dundee, and the Coast Range.

Head to the southwest corner of the parking area at the intersection of Brutscher Street and Fernwood Road. Here PCC students have built a community garden and an adobe shed. Cross Fernwood to the trail sign for the Gettman Loop, constructed by volunteers, including students from George Fox University. Walk along a gravel trail hemmed in blackberry and hawthorn to reach a fairway on the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. Follow a chip trail leading right along a fenceline which forms the boundary of a mixed woodland. Make a 90-degree turn at a fence corner shaded by an oak, and then join the golf cart path for about 75 yards. Drop off the cart path into a forest of Douglas-fir, big-leaf maple, cedar, oak, and hazel festooned with climbing ivy. Cross Spring Brook on a footbridge, and then hike back up to the golf course, here screened by a wood fence. Pass a couple of madrones, and enter a thicket with a dense undergrowth of sword fern (This was once a walnut orchard). When you reach a farm field, go left to take in views of the Chehalem Hills. Reach a farm gate, and hike on the cart track again for about 45 yards to pick up the trail as it descends with some outbuildings to your right. Cross a tributary of Spring Brook on a footbridge, and arrive at Fernwood Road.

Cross the road, and go right on a sidewalk shaded by a line of red oaks. Take the first left on The Greens Avenue to go through the entrance gate to The Greens development. Go right on Fairway Street, and follow this road up to the left as it tops a rise. A dense oak wood to your right contrasts with the new development on your left. Drop down Fairway to rejoin The Greens Avenue, and go right for one block to Hook Drive. Make a right here, and then turn left on Eagle Street (Are you getting the golf terminology now?). Soon, you’ll see Schaad Park on your right.

Head up the steps, and keep to the right of the basketball hoop and playground. A chip trail ascends steeply on this lower slope of Parrett Mountain. Keep right at a junction, and then turn right at the next one. Pass through a small wood, and then hike up a fenceline in this restored oak savanna bequeathed to the public by Walter Robert Schaad (The park opened in May 2013). Pass under a large spreading oak, and then bear left down the slope. You’ll get a view to the Coast Range and to the Chehalem Hills straight ahead. Corral Creek Road runs behind the rose/hawthorn hedge to your right. Swing left, and rise through a small oak copse before traversing down past a bench. Keep to the main trail to avoid the gently looping paved switchbacks, and make a right at the basketball hoop. Pass through the playground, with its 30-foot slide and T-Rex skeletal remains, to make right on Eagle Street.

Make a left on The Greens, and then a right on Longest Drive. At the junction with Tin Cup Way, take the paved trail that leads towards the golf course. Don’t join the cart track, but make a right on the chip trail that switchbacks in a hazel/blackberry thicket and joins the cart path to cross Spring Brook on a wide bridge. Go right on the chip trail after crossing the creek, and walk up alongside a vast Queen Anne’s lace meadow with the Providence Medical Center looming ahead. When you reach Providence Drive, take the sidewalk past a small rest circle ringed by three paperbark birches. Cross the street where the sidewalk ends, and continue past a senior living community to a roundabout. Go left here onto Werth Boulevard. Walk past a rehab center and a memory care facility to reach the parking lot for PCC Newberg.


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