Summer Trips include any human-powered ventures into our outdoor environment. Our hikes can vary from easy afternoon urban walks to strenuous hikes and overnight backpacks. We hike the trails through deep forest or across lava beds, visit wilderness lakes, climb up rocky crags to high promontories, saunter along ocean beaches, camp near glacier-fed torrents, or stand in admiration of flower-filled mountain meadows. We enjoy bicycle rides ranging from leisurely trips along winding country roads to workouts like 50-mile-plus rides over mountain passes. For boaters, we offer kayak, canoe, and rafting trips on both calm and wild water. From the time of spring blooms to the breakout of fall colors, our aim is to offer a wide variety of opportunities to take an active part in experiencing the wonders around us.

SUMMER
TRIPS

Upcoming Summer Trips

June
Marion Mtn
Gordon Meadows To Gordon
Iron Mtn Redoux
Macduff Mtn
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt

July
McKenzie River Tr(Entire)
Wassen Cr/Dark Grove
Crescent Mtn
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Middle Pyramid
Opie Dilldock
Cone Pk to Echo Mt, N Pk
Bk Pk Blacklock Pt Coast
Olallie Mtn
Yapoah Crater Geology
Three Fingered Jack Geolo
Vivian Lk
Florence Barefoot Beach H
Lowder Mtn
Bike Camas Country Schoolhouse
Canyon Cr Meadows

August
Duffy Lk
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Scott Mtn/Benson Lk
Black Crater
The Wife
Goodman Cr
Fawn Lk Lp
Bk Pk John Muir Wilderness

September
Divide Lk
Bk Pk Mt Jefferson/Berley Lks
Bk Pk Carl Lk
S Sister
Yoran Lk/ Lils Lk Lp
SOLVE/Beach Cleanup

Difficult Hike—Marion Mountain—Saturday, June 24, 2017
Leader: Daphne James

In majestic Jefferson Wilderness. Hike past Lk Ann and along Marion lk. Hike up Marion mt for views of Mt jeff.

Moderate Hike— Gordon Meadows To Gordon Lakes—Sunday, June 25, 2017
Leader: Kathy Randall

This will officially be an "exploratory" outing as I have never hiked in this area before. The last time it was visited by Obsidians was 6/27/09! We will be hiking from the mid-point of this trail (Gordon Meadows) to Gordon Lakes and back. The meadows could be wet/marshy in places. Hopefully, our timing will be right for wildflowers blooming in the meadows. We will have a leisurely lunch at the lakes, which could be pleasant for fishing, wading or swimming if it's a warm day.

Moderate Hike—Iron Mountain Redoux—Monday, June 26, 2017
Leader: Tom Rundle

This is a reschedule of my 5/27 trip which got lost in a snowdrift. The trail should be mostly clear except for small patches of snow and a few blow-downs. I will once again check with the Sweet Home Ranger District a few days before hand to get an idea of the conditions. We hope to see some late wildflowers and a brief look at the geology.

Moderate Hike—Macduff Mountain—Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Leader: Steven Johnson

This will be the 86th anniversary of the placement of the brass plaque on Macduff Mt. commemorating Nelson Macduff, a former Obsidian and Forest Service supervisor. This is a very pleasant shaded hike with a good variety of wildflowers to a summit with a beautiful panoramic view of the Cascades. The 5 mile road to the trailhead is steep and rocky.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street up to Spencer Butte. It is a steady pace with perhaps one stop. We start promptly 8:15AM so come a few minutes early to check in.

To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Difficult Hike—McKenzie River Trail(Entire)—Saturday, July 1, 2017
Leader: Steven Johnson

This is my third year of leading this long but rewarding hike. We'll start at the upper trailhead near Fish Lake and hike the entire 25.9 miles in one day. The hike will maintain a brisk pace all day with a minimum number of short stops. As this hike will take all day please don't plan on getting back to Eugene before dark.. This in a one-way hike that involves a car shuttle.

Difficult Hike—Wassen Creek/Dark Grove—Saturday, July 1, 2017
Leader: Gordon Sayre

We will make a loop hike through the dense old growth forest of the proposed Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the Coast Range. There is no maintained trail nor trailheads in this area, but we will follow some faint user trails and Elk trails along a route I scouted in May, from one informal trailhead to another, with a return by a logging road.

Please be advised that this is a off-trail, bushwhack trip that requires crawling over and under countless logs, through thickets of devil's club, vine maple and nettles, and climbing up and down steep creek banks. Our progress will be slow and we will need to take extra precautions to keep the group together. There are no fine views or sights to see, but we will be immersed in the forest.

Difficult Hike—Crescent Mountain—Monday, July 3, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a difficult hike that was rescheduled due to snow at both the Maude Creek area and at higher elevations. With luck, the Detroit area trail crew will have removed some blowdowns. The first mile and a half to the Creek is slightly downhill and easy. After the creek crossing, the trail starts to climb significantly and steeply to the meadow, and then switchbacks up the meadow, before taking a long, relatively level path. Finally, the trail gets in the trees and climbs some more to the summit. It is likely to be hot, since the trip was moved back, and water is important. On a clear day, there are great views of Mt. Washington-Broken Top, along with North, South and Echo Peaks to the west.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Leader: Steve Cordon

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead to Fox Hollow, and then to the summit of Spencer Butte. Expect a steady pace, though we can accommodate a range of hiker’s paces. We start promptly at 8:15 so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather; some of the trail may be muddy.

To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Moderate Hike—Middle Pyramid—Saturday, July 8, 2017
Leader: David Adkins

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Old Cascades. The hiker is rewarded with mature forest, small waterfall, glacial cirque, early summer wildflowers, sub-alpine forest and a great view on a clear day.

Start the trail on a bridged creek crossing. Trail climbs at a moderate grade through a forest mixed with Douglas and True Fir. Many of the trees could be termed old growth. The path levels out near a brushy area at the bottom of a glacial cirque. The trail then climbs steeply through forest and then south facing clearings (Sun block needed, especially this time of the year). Follow a ridge interspersed with rock gardens and wildflowers to the north side of the Middle Pyramid. Trail travels through dense forest to the summit. The top of Middle Pyramid once had a lookout. On a clear day, hikers have a 360 degree view of the area.

Difficult Hike—Opie Dilldock—Saturday, July 8, 2017
Leader: Steven Johnson

This is an early season hike on one of the Three Sisters most scenic trails. Because of the possibility of snow I recommend waterproof boots and hiking poles or ice axe. We'll start at the Obsidian trailhead to Scott trail then South on the PCT to Collier Glacier viewpoint for lunch. From there we'll head down Opie Dilldock to connect to the Obsidian loop trail. The permit for the limited entry area has gone up to $10 so I'm asking for an additional $1 from hikers to cover this cost.

Difficult Hike—Cone Peak to Echo Mt. and North Peak—Sunday, July 9, 2017
Leader: Kathy Randall

The majority of this hike is exploratory! There is a net gain of 1665 ft., but the total elevation gain will be approximately 2076 ft due to the undulations of the ridge we will be exploring. The hike begins at the Tombstone Pass trailhead. We will take the Cone Peak/Iron Mt. trail to the meadows on Cone Peak's flank where we leave the trail behind and hike cross-country to Cone Peak's summit. From here we will follow the ridge easterly to explore South Peak, Echo Mountain & North Peak (as time and energy allows). This ridge is exposed, so bring your sunscreen & hat!

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Leader: Tom Rundle

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead to Fox Hollow, and to the summit of Spencer Butte. It is a steady pace. We start promptly at 8:15AM so come a few minutes early to check in. Appropriate clothing for the weather. Currently, parts of trail are muddy.

To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Moderate Bk Pk—Blacklock Point Coast—Friday–Sunday, July 14–16, 2017
Leader: Scott Hovis

Bac pac in on a level path to our camping spot near the ocean......Saturday hike south to Sixes River, 7 miles round trip......Pristine beaches.....dramatic cliffs.....lake & waterfalls....

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Trip difficulty ratings:
Hint: A hike up Mt Pisgah by the main route would be considered an E (Easy) trip: 3 miles 1000 ft elevation gain.

  Hikes Bike Trips
Dist (Mi) Elev (Ft) Dist (Mi) Elev (Ft)

E (Easy)

≤ 5 ≤ 1000 ≤ 20 ≤ 1000

M (Moderate)

> 5 > 1000 > 20 > 1000
< 10 < 2500 < 40 < 2500

D (Difficult) 

≥ 10 ≥ 2500 ≥ 40 ≥ 2500

 
 

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Questions about Summer Trips?
Contact John Cooper - 541-344-8517 - summertrips@obsidians.org

 

 


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