When the snow begins to fly in the high country, our thoughts turn to cross country skiing, snow shoeing and other outdoor winter sports.  In all our activities, the ultimate objective is to explore the more scenic areas of our environment, and savor to the fullest the aesthetic experience of wildness. 

WINTER
TRIPS 

Upcoming Winter Trips

February
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Cape Mtn
Hike Mt Pisgah
Bike McKenzie View Lp
SShoe Odell overview

March
Hike Hidden paths to Ridgeline
SShoe Tait’s Lp Snowshoe
Hike Mt Pisgah
Hike Weyerhaeuser Haul Rd Wall
Hike Eugene Mural Walk
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Green Island Restoration
Hike International Women's Day
Xski Booth Lk Lp
SShoe Salt Cr
Hike Obsidian Lodge Pi Hike
Hike Sweet Cr, Beaver Cr Fls
Hike Drift Cr Wilderness from
Hike Mt Pisgah – Spring Equino
Hike SOLVE Beach Clean-Up
Hike Bend Oregon Explore
Hike Salem Exploration

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

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. Registered guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions. 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.

Moderate Hike—Cape Mountain—Saturday, February 23, 2019
Leader: Joel Greer

Starting at the Dry Lake Trailhead, we will hike a counter-clockwise loop along Princess Tasha Trail, Scurvy Ridge Trail, Berry Creek Trail, and Nelson Ridge Trail. Although this is not a "view hike," there are several places where we will be able to see the coastline and Pacific Ocean. There is the possibility of seeing Elk in a large meadow along Nelson Ridge Trail. There are also some impressive Sitka spruce, Douglas firs, and old-growth Red cedars. The trip will proceed if the weather forecast calls for moderate or intermittent drizzle, but will be canceled or postponed if heavy rain and cold, windy conditions are forecast. Note to drivers: the last 1.8 miles or so is on a dirt road which is in pretty good condition overall, but does have some potholes and shallow gullies. Certainly 4WD and high clearance is not necessary. Our hiking plans may be modified depending upon weather conditions.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Sunday, February 24, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails, #4 and #2 to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles at a steady moderate pace. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. if you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net. 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).

Easy Bike—McKenzie View Loop—Sunday, February 24, 2019
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meeting Place: County Farm and Fox Meadow Rds. (North of Costco, about 1/3 mile from Armitage Park, near the First Baptist Church of Eugene) We'll explore the hills and country roads around Springfield. Make sure your bike is in good running condition. If the psi range on the sidewall calls for 60-80 psi, fill 60-65. In Winter we need more contact with the road surface and less psi should do it.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Leader: Steve Cordon

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. Registered guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions. 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.

Moderate SShoe—Odell overview—Thursday, February 28, 2019
Leader: Scott Hovis

...A hike with a lot of variety......scenic overview, Log shelter, on/off trail walking etc.....

Moderate Hike—Hidden paths to Ridgeline—Friday, March 1, 2019
Leader: Jennifer Baer

**Meet: outdoor eating area near Market of Choice, 29th and Willamette. Departing at 9:30 am. There are some steep, muddy portions of trails, a creek crossing, and some steep city streets. Moderate-paced hike in South Hills to Ridgeline trail. We will hike city streets and many hidden connector paths up to the Blanton Ridgeline Trailhead. At SouthRidge City Park we will take a break for snacking and then continue on the Ridgeline. We will descend from the Ridgeline to Willamette Street, then walk down the Willamette Street sidewalk to 46th. Then we loop our way back to our starting point. Our route is circuitous—group must stay together. Depending on interest, drinks and/or snacks upon return to Market of Choice and surrounding shops. Hikers should be in current good conditioning and able to hike hilly terrain such as Spencer Butte. Trip will be canceled if any ice or windy conditions. Mileage and elevation is approximate.

Difficult SShoe—Tait’s Loop Snowshoe—Saturday, March 2, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a nice loop Snowshoe that I will use to check diamond placement. We will go north on the PCT from Willamette Pass to the three Rosary Lakes, then ascend to Maiden Peak Saddle. From there, we will enter Tait’s Loop, having lunch on one of the overlooks south of Pulpit Rock. We will leave the loop where it descends back to the PCT and exit the way we came in. This is weather dependent and snow dependent. Snow may be heavy or non-existent.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Saturday, March 2, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails, #4 and #2 to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles at a steady moderate pace. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. if you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net. 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—Weyerhaeuser Haul Rd Wallace Creek to Hills Creek.—Sunday, March 3, 2019
Leader: Denise Bean

Departure location: Pisgah Public Market parking lot in Pleasant Hill - 35851 Hwy 58. Take the Oakridge exit off of I-5. After 4 miles watch for the Mall on your left right after the 76 gas station. Park in the middle of the parking lot by the light pole. The old Weyerhaeuser haul road starts in Thurston and goes all the way along Fall Creek to National Forest. For this hike we will do the section between Wallace Creek Rd and Hill Creek Rd. It's a one lane logging road not used anymore by logging trucks but by walkers, runners and bicycles. This part is mostly paved. We will have forest and rock outcrops on one side and a lovely view of the valley between Jasper and Lowell on the other side. Near the beginning of our journey we will stop at a Wallace Pioneer Cemetery dated from 1853-1858.

Easy Hike—Eugene Mural Walk—Sunday, March 3, 2019
Leader: Mark Hougardy

Departure Place: The walk starts at the Overpark Parking Garage (10th & Oak), on the upper most floor, northeast corner. Parking is free on the weekends. On this walk we will visit the 20x21 mural designs located in the downtown area. We will see about 25 pieces in all from the building-sized murals to the smaller and often hidden micro-art images. There will be a brief description about the artist and their artwork provided at each mural. Our walk will meander through Eugene's downtown and back alleys. We'll make our way to several murals near REI then return to the downtown area and finish up near 13th and Willamette at one of the more humorous designs. We should be wrapped-up by 12pm. After the walk enjoy a beverage at Falling Sky. The parking garage (where we started) is 3 blocks away and the bus station is 2 blocks.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Leader: Steve Cordon

Easy Hike—Green Island Restoration Tour—Thursday, March 7, 2019
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

We will meet at Shopco and carpool out to Green Island together. There we will meet our guides. Green Island: 44.1490503,-123.1077131 Guides: Christer LaBreque, Restoration Projects Manager (McKenzie River Trust), Elizabeth Goward, Volunteer Coordinator (McKenzie River Trust) Join McKenzie River Trust staff in exploring floodplain restoration projects happening on Green Island. This 3-mile round-trip walk at the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers will stop at multiple sites where projects have ranged from small channel reconnections to the complete reshaping and reconnection of abandoned gravel ponds. Home to an abundance of wildlife, including more than 150 bird species, come experience a habitat in active recovery, right in our own backyard.

Easy Hike—International Women's Day—Friday, March 8, 2019
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

Meet at Alton Baker Park, near the restroom building. We are celebrating International Women's Day by sharing stories about women who were Nobel Laureates in various fields. Please pick one and educate the rest of us: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_Nobel_laureates. We will start by exploring the Nobel Peace Prize area where 3 women are recognized. Then we will walk over to the university and acknowledge other "local" women, perhaps even someone you knew! And then return back to Alton Baker by noon. Men are welcome.

Difficult Xski—Booth Lake Loop—Saturday, March 9, 2019
Leader: Sam Miller

This outing offers varied backcountry terrain with excellent views when the weather is clear of Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters. PLEASE NOTE. Participants must be comfortable using parallel or telemark techniques to descend steeper slopes. Contact the leader prior to the trip if you are uncertain about the skills required to safely enjoy this outing. Drivers are in scarce supply for winter trips. If you are able to assist with transporting skiers, please indicate your availability. This will help ensure that everyone interested in the trip can participate. Thank you.

Moderate SShoe—Salt Creek—Saturday, March 9, 2019
Leader: Scott Hovis

...See water falls, lake, deep woods.....The hike is somewhat level ......cliffs in the area.....Can be difficult if there is a lot of snow....

Archived schedules from previous years:
2017-18   2016-17   2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11   2009-10   2008-09   2007-08   2006-07   2005-06   2004-05   2003-04   2002-03   2001-02   2000-01

 

WINTER SNO-PARK PERMITS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL NW WINTER SPORTS PARKING AREAS FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 15 Are you prepared for your winter trip?
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Winter Trip Guide
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Questions about Winter Trips?
Contact Steve Cordon 541-513-3452 - wintertrips@obsidians.org

 

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