At the intersection of Trade and Commercial, walk south on Commercial along a bridge over Pringle Creek.
Just beyond the bridge, to the left, is the Civic Center Park.
Enter the park by the paved walkway.
On the path nearest the Civic Center, the Liberty Street Bridge is ahead.
Pass under Liberty Street and over Pringle Creek.
Beyond the underpass, a path leads along the creek.
At the end of the path, stop and read the interpretive sign about salmon in the creek.
The path turns to the left.
It leads between the Pringle Parking structure and the Salmon Run building to High Street.
At High Street, turn south toward the next underpass.
A path leads down to the underpass.
Continue under the bridge with the creek still to the right.
Emerge into a path to Church Street. Beyond the creek to the right is Fry's Hill and the Gaiety Hill Residential Historic District.
At High Street, the path divides at a triangle.
Turn to the right and onto this historic 1929 bridge.
To the right, looking back, Shelton Ditch can be seen as it is absorbed into Pringle Creek.
Cross the bridge, heading for the stairway between the two lamp posts.
Take the path to the right along Pringle Creek.
The Community Hall is to the left and a bridge on the right.
Cross the bridge into the parking lot.
Turn left to a hospital parking lot.
Walk through the parking lot. The former Oregon School for the Blind is on your right. The state closed it in 2009.
Proceed to Winter Street.
As you approach the intersection, there is a bridge to the left.
Here the creek is flowing under the hospital building.
Pause to see the stream entering under the structure.
Cross Winter Street.
Pringle Creek disappears again behind more hospital buildings.
Walk south toward Mission Street, temporarily leaving the creek.
Be cautious crossing this busy street. Enter the parking lot for Bush Pasture Park.
Across the lot, turn left on the sidewalk.
Continue into the wooded area along the parking lot.
Enter at the vehicle road leading out of Bush Pasture Park.
Either of these paths cross the park, but the bark covered one is more secluded ~ and easier on the feet.
We rejoin Pringle Creek, current flowing toward us.
Stay on the bark covered path, returning by the one seen here to the left.
The path leads leads though a beautiful woodland.
You will begin to see larger trees in the forest solitude.
Soon the creek appears again near houses on the opposite shore. A natural water hole attracts waders.
Another path now turns left down to a bridge across the creek, but that is for the return.
Glance down that way, but continue on the bark path.
Now our path joins the paved one and continues to the left. A playground is to the right.
You will leave the woodland behind as you approach Lefelle Street.
Another turn to the left is ahead.
This parking lot at Lefelle Street offers an interpretive sign describing Bush Pasture Park features.
Turn and begin your return. You are near the source of Pringle Creek and will now be walking in the direction of the flow.
The return path turns to the right here. On this day, families are enjoying the beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Again choose the bark covered path.
At the bridge again, take a another bark covered path on the right, leading down to the creek.
Over the bridge, homes can be glimpsed through the trees.
A bench welcomes travelers who want to pause and enjoy peaceful the view.
The view from the picnic area.
If it is dry, take the narrow, creekside path.
The views compete with each other for a photographer's attention.
Sometimes the path is on the edge of the creek: in rainy weather this could be hazardous.
The path twists around washouts and tree roots.
Here's another place to pause in the natural beauty.
Another view of the same site along the creek.
Journey on again, following the creek.
At the end of the path, turn left, leaving the creek.
The path narrows.
Here the creekside trail joins the one on which you began the walk across the park.
Looking back as you head to the left and out of the park.
Ahead is the parking lot on Mission Street.
One more view of Pringle Creek in Bush Pasture Park.
Take the right fork at this intersection.
At the sidewalk, turn right again crossing Pringle Creek. Historic Deepwood Estate is three minutes ahead.
The sidewalk disappears into the shubbery along the south side of Mission Street.
The wrought iron fence marks the beginning of the Deepwood property.
The pedestrian entrance is just ahead.
The carriage entrance view of house.
A tour through the grounds can lead the walker to this garden landscape near the intersection of 12th and Mission Street.
Back on the sidewalk, walk back toward Capitol Street.
Cross at Capitol Street and enter hospital grounds again.
Cross Oak Street, heading for Shelton Ditch.
Turn left at the yellow fire plug to follow Shelton Ditch toward Winter Street.
The path is ahead of you. If you wish, you may cross bridge to Bellevue Street (on your right in this photograph). If you walk toward Winter Street on the sidewalk, you will see Shelton Ditch on your left.
The path is a shaded walkway adjoining the hospital building constructed in 2009-10.
Abundant foliage almost conceals the water.
The path continues under a canape of trees along the ditch.
To your left, a series of sky ways connect the hospital buildings.
The end of the path is in view.
You approach Winter Street.
Across the street is path leading directly to a hospital parking lot and to Pringle Park. This dangerous crossing should be avoided.
Turn to your right and walk to the intersection where there is a traffic signal.
At Winter Street, cross and walk left a few steps to continue on the Shelton Ditch path..
The path begins again at the rear of the North Bank Plaza building.
It continues west along the ditch.
It leads to a bridge.
The dedication is to Sue Miller, the first lady to serve as Mayor of Salem.
Remain on the path north of the ditch.
The Church Street Bridge, where Shelton Ditch is lost in Pringle Creek, soon appears through the trees.
To the left a few steps lead down to a historical artifact and to the right the path rises to Church Street.
Back at the sidewalk, cross to return under the bridges.
The familiar triangle of paths guide the way.
Walking toward High Street on the familiar path.
The bridge is ahead on the left, barely visible among the trees.
Pringle Creek flowing under the bridge.
The approach to the bridge and path underneath.
Up the incline at the Salmon Run Building.
The symbol of Salmon Run.
Return to Liberty Street following this driveway.
The beautiful stairway is worth a second look after descending.
The Liberty Street Bridge comes into view.
A new stairway is a surprising touch to the historic architecture.
A glance under the bridge.
A pedestrian on the walkway between Pringle Creek and Liberty Street traffic.
The view of Civic Center Park from the walkway.
In this 2008 photograph, the former Boise Cascade Building, partly demolished in 2010, is seen across Commercial Street.
The pool empties into Pringle Creek.
At the left, the Civic Center.
To the right, the Mill Race empties into Pringle Creek.
Near the bridge, there is a glimpse underneath where Pringle Creek disappears under Commercial Street.
Turn right up the path that enters the park.
On Commercial Street bridge, walking north, you see the waterfall created where Mill Race enters Pringle Creek.
The Conference Center, where the tour began, is ahead at Ferry Street.