Mt. Angel - Year Round Walk (& Oktoberfest)
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), both rated moderately easy.
Both walks go uphill to Mt. Angel Abbey, and include statues at the Stations of the Cross, a pioneer church, the abbey museum and cemetery, and splendid views of the Willamette Valley and Cascades foothills. The walk returns downtown, where the annual, popular Oktoberfest will be in full swing, with music and folk dance performances, beer and wine tents, and food and souvenir vendors. The 10 km. continues through residential areas.
Carpools leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m. and return there about 4 p.m. (the return depends upon time spent at the Oktoberfest). Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. The carpoolers will probably have their lunch from a food vendor or at one of the town's restaurants; 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 10 a.m. at the start point, the Mt. Angel Towers residential community at 1 Tower Lane, Mt. Angel. They may also opt to do the walk on their own, starting from the Towers at their discretion.
Directions to Mt. Angel 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, then "Events" and following the prompts. The National Events page also has a link to Volkswalks in Canada and 39 other countries (click on :About Us" and "IVV Website").