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

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August
Bk Pk Carl Lk
Urban to Ridgeline Lp
Scott Mtn
Fuji Mtn
Obsidian Lp
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Kayak Waldo Lk Kayak
Bike Willamette/Middle Fork
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Tahkenitch Cr
S Waldo Huckleberry Hike
Obsidian Grand Tour

September
Bk Pk Broken Top via Tam McArth
Cooper Cr Reservoir
CarCmp Mt Hood Car Camp
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Bk Pk Maiden Lk
Divide Lk
N Fork Willamette (Upper
Waldo Perimeter
Charlton Lk to Irish Lk v
CarCmp Lava Beds/ Crater Lk Equi
Bk Pk Fawn Lk
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Hunt's Cove
SOLVE Beach Clean Up
Bk Pk Lost Coast Cailfornia

October
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Four-in-One Cone (annual
CarCmp Metolius River / Smith Rk
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise

November
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt

Moderate Bk Pk—Carl Lake—Friday–Sunday, August 17–19, 2018
Leader: Kathy Randall

Backpack 4.7 miles with 1000' elevation gain to Carl Lake (NE of Santiam Pass). On our layover day we will dayhike to Table Lake and explore The Table on the SE flank of Mt. Jefferson (10-12 miles).

Carl Lake is a swimmable lake.

*Trip meeting place to be determined prior to August 17.

Moderate Hike—Urban to Ridgeline Loop—Friday, August 17, 2018
Leader: Jennifer Baer

Meet at Edgewood Elementary School upper playground parking lot off of 46th Avenue (across 46th from Harvest Church International).

Moderate-paced hike in South Hills to Ridgeline trail. Beginning at the playground we will walk on sidewalks to Brookside and catch the Ridgeline connector trail. We will have a snack stop at Southridge City Park. From the Ridgeline we will descend through Amazon Headwaters and then return uphill through residential streets and paths back to our starting point. Circuitous route! Mileage and elevation is approximate.

Hikers are required to stay between the designated leader and the designated sweep and in sight of others in the group. Hikers should be in current good conditioning and able to briskly hike hilly terrain such as Spencer Butte.

Moderate Hike—Scott Mountain—Saturday, August 18, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

We will drive up the McKenzie Highway to take FS Road 260, a 1.5 mile gravel road, to the trailhead. There is almost a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit. On the way back, we will stop at Tenas Lakes and then at Benson Lake. We will swim at one of these lakes. If the weather is way too hot, I’ll substitute a hike at the coast. Moderate pace. If you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Drivers will need a Recreation Pass.

Difficult Hike—Fuji Mountain—Sunday, August 19, 2018
Leader: Lyndell Wilken

We begin the hike off of the Waldo Rd at the Fuji Mt. Trail. The trail passes Birthday Lake where we will take a snack stop. From Birthday Lake we continue to the South Waldo Trail jct. passing Verde Lake on the way. Fuji mountain is a steady climb to the top where we will take in the views of Waldo Lake and the surrounding Mountains. Lunch will be eaten on the top to give us more time to enjoy the views. The return will be along the same trail. If weather is poor we can hike to Upper Island lake to the Mt. Ray Trail and back on the Gold Lake Trail thus avoiding the more exposed Fuji Mt. The pace will be moderate with rest stops.

Difficult Hike—Obsidian Loop—Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Leader: Betty Grant

NOTE:

1. meeting location is Campbell Community Center

2. $10 special entrance fee to be divided among participants so expect a $1 fee

3. NW Pass required for parking at trailhead, so if you have signed up as a possible driver and do not have one, let me know so I can inquire with other participants to make sure we have enough passes to cover cars parking.

If you have not hiked this trail, don't be scared off by the rating; the trail is good and elevation spread out ,so it is pretty easy to complete as long as one has the endurance for the mileage. Pace will be moderate, adjusted to the group. Wildflowers are usually a delight on this hike, as is one's proximity to North and Middle Sister. We will take lunch in the meadow above Obsidian Falls, where one can watch fresh spring water bubbling up out of the ground.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Leader: David Lodeesen

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Guests are welcome. It is a great way to train for summer hikes.

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. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Kayak—Waldo Lake Kayak—Thursday–Saturday, August 23–25, 2018
Leader: Randy Sinnott

This is a redo of the 2016 Waldo kayak trip. The objective is to paddle the length of the lake on two consecutive days camping one night on the north end and a second night on the south shore. The 2016 trip went smoothly given the great weather we had. Any routes undertaken on this paddle will take into consideration the weather and the lake surface. We will be flexible. A poor weather forecast for the proposed dates will postpone the trip or cancel it. Daily starts will be early to avoid the afternoon winds at this elevation (over 5000 feet) that can bring whitecaps to the lake surface. With early starts, we should be into camp by early afternoon. This will allow for day hikes into the Wilderness, swimming, or leisurely naps. I expect the mosquitos will not be a problem after a dry summer. Don’t expect it to be mosquito free.

The proposed trip is leave north lake put in by early afternoon, camp Thursday near outlet to North Fork Willamette, paddle to south end to spend Friday night, return to north take out by mid to late afternoon on Saturday, drive home.

There will be a pretrip meeting about a week before the trip. Unless you have done this paddle with me previously, it will be mandatory. The pretrup meeting date will be announced shortly after signup opens. I’ll provide a trip checklist for gear needed for kayaking, otherwise, everyone will be expected to bring appropriate camp gear. The kayak pace will be leisurely to moderate. NO sit-on-top kayaks. You will want at least a 12 foot touring kayak or it may be difficult to keep up with other touring kayaks. Spray skirts are advised. PFDs are mandatory and will be worn. All paddlers must be comfortable paddling in wave conditions as the surface can go from smooth to rough with little warning.

Moderate Bike—Willamette/Middle Fork—Thursday, August 23, 2018
Leader: Tom Rundle

Departure Place: Greenway Bridge, North Side, Valley River Shopping Center. We will do several loop combinations on the Willamette River Bike Path from the Owasso Bridge to Clear Water Park in Springfield where we will have lunch. We will be riding at a slow, relaxed pace to stay together and avoid collisions with pedestrians and other cyclists. There will be a stop at the historic railway station in Springfield and several potty stops along the way. Please make sure your gear-shift works and your tires are properly inflated.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Saturday, August 25, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 7:58 pm and moonrise is at 7:57 pm. Because Trail Maintenance is at 5:30 and some may want to do both. I plan to take the main trail to the summit. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions. If you don’t have a Lane County pass allow time to purchase one with Debit/Credit card (no cash) at the pay station by trailhead. To buy an annual pass and support the trails, check out the websites for Friends of the Buford Park ($50.00) or Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. ($50.00/$40.00 for seniors).

Moderate Hike—Tahkenitch Creek—Saturday, August 25, 2018
Leader: Tom Rundle

COOL OFF ON THE BEACH. WADE IN THE CREEK. Enjoy a nice summer day on the coast. We will see a variety of coastal environments including, dunes, ponds, beaches, coastal forest and an awesome estuary full of wildlife. There will be a car shuttle from Oregon Dunes BLM Recreation Area to Tahkenitch Campground. Remember to bring an extra pair of dry socks for the ride home. Pace will be moderately slow with stops for water, snacks and photography.

Easy Hike—South Waldo Huckleberry Hike—Saturday, August 25, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith

*QUESTIONABLE HUCKLEBERRY SEASON??*I was in the South Waldo area from Tuesday-Thursday and in NW Waldo (Winchester Ridge) the prior Thursday. There are huckleberries, but there are not many now, and there aren't many berries ripening. This may change between now (Friday) and the hike, but the 9 months and counting drought and one of the hottest summers on record is not being conducive to berry production.

Easy hike into Waldo Lake from Shadow Bay, where huckleberries may be found along the south end and up the trail to Bingo Lake as well as further west on Waldo past the High Divide Trail junction (which leads to Bingo Lake.) Bingo Lake would be a reasonable destination for berries, lunch, and a swim. Or Waldo. Plan on being up there until 2:30 so as to be back in Eugene in late afternoon. It’s a good place to sit and read, swim, or relax.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Guests are welcome. It is a great way to train for summer hikes.

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. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street. Please call the leader if any questions

Difficult Hike—Obsidian Grand Tour—Friday, August 31, 2018
Leader: Steven Johnson

This is a spectacular loop hike from the Obsidian trailhead that includes stops at Four-in-One Cone, Opie Dilldock Pass, Arrowhead Lake, and Obsidian Falls, I plan on taking a short swim in Arrowhead Lake. The last time we did this hike it took 7 1/2 hours so plan on getting home late. There will be an additional expense to cover the $10 cost of the limited entry permit.

Difficult Bk Pk—Broken Top via Tam McArthur Rim trail—Saturday–Monday, September 1–3, 2018
Leader: Becky Lipton

Backpack into the Broken Top area via Tam McArthur Rim trail, crossing several miles of trail - less boulder fields to our camping location. 2nd day - day hike up the flank of Broken Top or explore other areas. 3rd day - pack out... Departure place to be determined

Moderate Hike—Cooper Creek Reservoir—Sunday, September 2, 2018
Leader: Darko Sojak

Difficult CarCmp—Mt. Hood Car Camp—Tuesday–Thursday, September 4–6, 2018
Leader: Daphne James

Exploring Mount Hood:

Day one: Cooper Spur. Spectacular view of Mount Hood's Eliot Glacier. Day two: Cairn Basin to McNeil Point. Views of Hood, Adams, St. Helens & Rainer. Day three: Burnt Lake. Creek, waterfall, lake with mountain view. All hikes moderate pace.

Accommodations: We have reserved campsites 3,4 & 5 at Lost Creek Campground.

Transportation: Parking is limited, so we will be carpooling.

Meals; Bring food for 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners. Food and drinks available nearby in Government Camp.

Cost: $118 divided by number of participants. We will have up to 9 people. Obsidians rate for carpooling.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Leader: David Cooper

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Guests are welcome. It is a great way to train for summer hikes.

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. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street. Please call the leader if any questions

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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