Mount Angel - Year Round Walk
5 km. (3.1 miles) or 10 km. (6.2 miles), rated moderately easy.
The Mossbacks are visiting and enjoying the Mount Angel Oktoberfest on its opening day (and opening hour). This arrangement avoids the crowds and traffic on the other three days of the Oktoberfest. We are doing the walk as a Year Round Event on the 13th instead of the Hosted Event on Sunday, the 16th. The two walks (Thursday and Sunday) will be very similar, with only a few variations. Sunday offers a few more Oktoberfest activities; click on ava.org/events for Sunday's activities. Walkers have their choice between the two days; whichever day is chosen, be sure to allow extra time to view the colorful booths and enjoy the entertainment both at the town gazebo and in the beer and wine halls/tents.
The walk is given a 2 (moderately easy) rating for the substantial hill leading to the Mount Angel Abbey. On the way to the abbey, view the Stations of the Cross; at the abbey, visit the abbey commons, museum, pioneer church and cemetery, and enjoy the 360-degree views. Returning downhill, walk through residential areas of this small community, by the restaurant with the Glockenspiel (rings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.), and by the old train depot, as well as by the booths and entertainment areas.
Carpools will leave the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street in Springfield, at 8 a.m and return there about 4:30 p.m. Each rider pays the driver $5 to help cover car expenses. The carpoolers will probably eat from vendors or at one of the restaurants at the Oktoberfest; either way, lunch arrangements are always optional for each rider/walker.
People traveling to Mount Angel on their own should plan to meet the carpoolers at the start point, the Mt. Angel Towers (retirement home), 1 Towers Lane in Mount Angel, at 9:30 a.m. Directions to The Towers, along with 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 links to Volkswalks in Canada and 39 other countries (click on "About Us" and "IVV Website").