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Dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
City / State: Independence, OR
Event Name: Hop Capital of the World
Event Type: Year Round Walk
Event ID: 109838 2018/Y1669
Distance - Trail Ratings: 10 km, 5 km - 1A
Description: M-F: 8am-8pm, Sat: 8am-7pm, Sun: 9am-6pm. Start point also for Monmouth YRE & about 15 miles west of downtown Salem. No restroom at start point but McDonald's is nearby. Walk goes through this small river town's residential/downtown National Historic District & attractive Riverview Park by Willamette River. Inspiration Garden at Mt Fir Park managed by Polk Co Master Gardeners is on both routes. The Garden is highlighted in the summer routes (5/1-9/30) with the 10K also featuring the Willamette River Trail. Airpark residential area worth visiting afterwards to see houses with airplane hangars. Monmouth YRE also starts from here. Two other nearby YRE's: Dallas (10 miles NW) & McMinnville (28 miles north).
Amenities: Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Medium | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
Special Programs: Amphitheatres, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Ice Cream Parlors, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, Take a Walk In a City Park, Trekking With the Trees, United States Post Offices, Walk the USA - Street by Street, Walking America's Ports of Call, Walking the USA A - Z
Start Times: M-F: 8am-8pm, Sat: 8am-7pm, Sun: 9am-6pm.
Location: Hi-School Pharmacy
Start Point / Driving Directions: 1357 Monmouth St, Independence, OR 97351, (503)838-2047. FROM I-5, exit 253 to Salem City Center. Follow signs to City Center; go on viaduct but use exit on right near top & then left lane to City Center. Right on Church; left on Marion to cross bridge in left lane to OR22 West & then OR51 South to Independence. Right on Monmouth St to Central Plaza Center at 13 St on left. FROM 99W turn east at Main St in Monmouth at traffic light to go to Independence. Right at 2nd traffic light at Gun Club Rd (by McDonald's) to Start Point. Ask for zippered binder at the registers.
Awards & Fees: IVV Credit Only
Comments: 4/30/18: Signs by Dog Park on Willamette River Trail warn of an aggressive coyote & dogs must be on leash. Some challenges are only on the 5 km route for the summer route.

WOC: Depots, Docks, Dog Related, Emergency, Entertainment, Gallery, Hotel, Italian, Java, Gardens Gargoyle/Gnomes, Historic Houses, Ink, Irish, Japanese, Sticks & Stones
Host Club: Willamette Wanderers
Contact: Julia Westerberg (541) 967-3001
Website: www.willwander.weebly.com
E-Mail Contact: pjwesterberg@comcast.net