Mount Angel Year Round walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated moderately easy.
This small town, founded by German immigrants in the 19th century, features a hilltop abbey and other significant religious institutions. The uphill walk to the Abbey goes past buildings and frescoes representing Stations of the Cross. The abbey grounds, at the top of the butte, provide expansive views of the Willamette valley and the Cascade foothills. Located here are an impressive chapel, a pioneer church, museum, cemetery, library and dormitories. After visiting here, the walk leads back down the hill to quiet residential areas and a German-themed downtown, including a restaurant with a Glockenspiel that plays at 11, 1, and 4.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m. and return there about 3 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. Following the walk, the carpoolers will probably choose a restaurant in Mt. Angel or Salem to have lunch together; however, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to Mt. Angel on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at about 9:30 a.m at the start point, the Mt. Angel Towers retirement community at 1 Towers Lane in Mt. Angel. Directions to the Towers, and further details of this walk, can be found by clicking on the "Other Oregon Events" bar at the top left of this page, then "Year Round Events" and scrolling down to "Mt. Angel - Old German Town" Alternately, the same information on this and thousands of other Volkswalks and Volksbikes throughout the United States can be obtained by clicking on the "National Events" bar on this page and following the prompts. The National Events page also has a link to Volkswalks in Canada and 40 other countries (click on "About Us" and "IVV Website").