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
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Eugene Book Walk
Dorris/Clearwater evening
Bk Pk Belknap Crater Sunset
Rosary Lks
Bike Clearwater Lp
Campus Walk
Charlton Lk PCT via Twin
Bike P-hill Dexter Lp
Bk Pk Yosemite Backpack
Black Crater
Olallie Mtn
Bike Covered Bridges Scenic B
Erma Bell Lks
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Hunt's Cove

September
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Water Waldo Lk Kayak
CarCmp Steens Mtn
Scott Mtn

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Leader: Mike Smith

PLACE of DEPARTURE. 52nd and Willamette Trailhead (not the upper paved lot). Trail work still in progress near Fox Hollow Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.)Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

PLACE of DEPARTURE. 52nd and Willamette Trailhead (not the upper paved lot). Trail work still in progress near Fox Hollow. Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.)Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions.

Easy Hike—Eugene Book Walk—Thursday, August 6, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Our walk begins at the Campbell Community Center west parking lot . Who was (Obsidian)Celeste Campbell? https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29811051/catherine-celeste-campbell Our focus will be mostly on Eugene’s literary connections such as Shannon Applegate, Kate Wilhelm, Lauren Kessler, Ken Kesey, Rosa Parks, and ? Mileage is an estimate—we could include an optional hike to Skinner Butte. If you have questions or suggestions, email me jbjacobsen@comcast.net Check out this author list by Bill Sullivan. https://www.registerguard.com/entertainmentlife/20191201/eugenes-authors-amp-artists-fair-draws-oregon-authors Leader's Phone: 541-206-1251

Easy Hike—Dorris/Clearwater evening hike—Saturday, August 8, 2020
Leader: Evelyn Nagy

Summer evening river walk. Meet at Dorris Ranch upper parking lot near restrooms. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information.

Difficult Bk Pk—Belknap Crater Sunset—Saturday–Sunday, August 8–9, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Saturday PM drive from Eugene to PCT trailhead at McKenzie Pass. Afternoon hike to the base of Belknap Crater (6,300 ft.) in Mount Washington wilderness where we will setup our tents, relax and then hike to the top of Belknap Crater (6877 ft.) to watch the sunset. After the sunset we will descent to our base camp. Moon will be in Waning Gibbous phase illuminating 79% so, it will be bright night if no clouds. Early Sunday morning optional (0.5 mile) hike to the NE slopes of Belknap Crater to enjoy long shadows and sunrise over the Three Sister Wilderness. After the breakfast hike from the base of Belknap Crater to nearby Little Belknap where we will explore lava tubs, then back to Hwy 242 and return to Eugene. >>Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information. Please indicate your transportation preferences. If you want to drive by yourself, please indicate "Have" and 0 for passengers. If you're willing to take another person or more, please indicate the number of people (not counting yourself) you could take.<<

Moderate Hike—Rosary Lakes—Monday, August 10, 2020
Leader: Brad Bennett

Everyone will arrange their own transportation. For those of you that work out carpooling, I would recommend using the LCC or Pleasant Hill strip mall lot. The mileage from Eugene to Oakridge Green Water rest area is about 45 miles. At 8am will depart from the Oakridge Green Water rest area so please arrive 10 minutes early to receive finial driving directions. We will hike up the switchbacks above the upper lake to a great viewpoint for lunch. On the way back there will be an opportunity for a swim in one of the 3 lakes. Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Leader: Gwyneth Iredale

Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions. Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions.

Easy Bike—Clearwater Loop—Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meet-up location: 28th & Hilyard We'll ride the paths to the Clearwater Trail and back. Make sure your bike is healthy. Have a spare tube, pump, helmet, rain gear, layers, water. You may view the route by copying and pasting this link into your browser:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33611134 Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the ride. Refer to main website page for information.

Easy Hike—Campus Walk—Thursday, August 13, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meet in front of the U of O library for our two hour walk through the empty campus. Kay will map the route to include the tower and glass etchings at Haywood Field, the Oregon Grape sculpture at the Jane Sanders Stadium, and the mural in progress on the Student Tennis Center. One space( either one of the 8 or on the Wait List) will be held for a guest since local hikes are the only way for a guest to join. Please read the COVID guidelines on website.

Difficult Hike—Charlton Lake PCT via Twin Peak trail—Saturday, August 15, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Brisk hike. Mostly shaded ups and downs with long lunch break at Charlton Lake. Swimming opportunity. >>Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information. Please indicate your transportation preferences. If you want to drive by yourself, please indicate "Have" and 0 for passengers. If you're willing to take another person or more, please indicate the number of people (not counting yourself) you could take.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Leader: Angie Ruzicka

Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Leader: Mike Smith

Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace—not like the other hikes on our schedule. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you meet someone going your way, MASK UP, excuse yourself and pass. If someone is coming the other way, MASK UP and if that person doesn't get over, step aside and face away. If you are following within 8 feet of another person, you should mask up. You are in their slipstream. People can change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. If you can’t see up the trail far enough to have time to put on your covering, leave it on. Make sure you can quickly put on your face covering. Don’t congregate when you meet someone on the trail or on the summit. Maintain face coverings or stay 6 feet apart. If you don't feel well, please don't come. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park Martin Street near the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. Please call the leader if any questions.

Moderate Bike—P-hill Dexter Loop—Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meet-up location: Dari MarketPleasant Hill (plan to leave Eugene-Springfield at approximately 8:30 am). We'll ride from Pleasant Hill to Dexter and back. Make sure your bike is healthy. Have a spare tube, pump, helmet, rain gear, layers, water. You may view the route by copying/pasting this link into your browser:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32296989 Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike/ride. Refer to main website page for information.

Difficult Bk Pk—Yosemite Backpack—Thursday–Tuesday, August 20–25, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

I've obtained a wilderness permit for Yosemite National Park plus a permit to hike up Half Dome for six people. The per person cost of the reservation fees is $17.50. I'll set a date later for all of us to get together to decide the final details and pay the fees. Here is the itinerary: Wednesday, August 19-- Drive to Lee Vining Thursday, August 20-- Hike from Tuolumne Meadows Campground to Vogelsang HSC.  7.5 miles Friday, August 21-- Hike from Vogelsang to Merceed HSC.  8.5 miles Saturday, August 22-- Hike from Merced to Little Yosemite Vallley. 8.5 miles Sunday, August 23-- Hike from Little Yosemite Valley to Sunrise Creek campsite plus hike up Half Dome. 7 miles Monday, August 24-- Hike from Sunrise Creek to Sunrise HSC via Clouds Rest.  10.5 miles Tuesday, August 25-- Hike from Sunrise to Tuolumne Meadows Campground. 9 miles Total trail Mileage-- 51

Difficult Hike—Black Crater—Sunday, August 23, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Black Crater (7257 ft.) is a steep-sided shield volcano. This is exposed hike through burn out area. Steady climb all way up and spectacular views. No snow expected. >>Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information. Please indicate your transportation preferences. If you want to drive by yourself, please indicate "Have" and 0 for passengers. If you're willing to take another person or more, please indicate the number of people (not counting yourself) you could take.

Moderate Hike—Olallie Mountain—Monday, August 24, 2020
Leader: Joel Greer

If you missed the Obsidian hike to Olallie Mountain on August 3, here's another chance! This hike provides great views of the High Cascade peaks from Diamond Peak in the south to Mount Hood in the north. We'll start at the Pat Saddle Trailhead and hike through a mixed conifer forest (with some burned areas) and several open meadows. The first 1.5 miles is a very gentle incline, only gradually increasing in steepness approaching the summit. We'll plan on having lunch at the summit, which has 360 degree views. The old fire lookout has burned and there is no shade at the top, so be prepared. But the views are spectacular. Please read the Covid-19 protocols on the Obsidian website prior to the hike. Participants will manage their own transportation. Note to drivers: the last 23 miles (round trip) are along gravel road 1993, but it is in good condition, with only a few potholes. (This hike was scouted on July 10.)

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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