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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September
Suzanne Arlie Prk south
Bike Row River
Mt Pisgah from E Trhead
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
52nd Street/Spencer Bt
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt

October
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Brice Cr
Cham-o-tee sunrise
S Eugene Hills
Ribbon Tr for Guests
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
52nd Street/Spencer Bt
Zena Forest hike, Mill To
Moolack Cr to Devils Punc

November
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
52nd Street/Spencer Bt

Easy Hike—Suzanne Arlie Park south —Sunday, September 27, 2020
Leader: David Cooper

Come and take a look at Eugene's largest park. It is yet to be fully developed but right now there are roads and trails to investigate. We'll meet at the Shell Station on Franklin Blvd just north for the 30th Ave interchange. (where you turn to head to Pisgah) Park in the extend parking lot. It's just a short drive to the south entrance to the park but there is limited parking. Carla & went out to and there was nobody there. I'm upping the participants to 8. It's only a 4 mile drive to the trail head. Some of the "trail" fades away into dry grass but by then you're out of the poison oak. Long pants, for sure.

Moderate Bike—Row River—Sunday, September 27, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Marathon length, casual bike ride, mostly shaded, 100% paved path. No car traffic. > 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.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah from East Trailhead—Sunday, September 27, 2020
Leader: Lisa Van Liefde

We'll start from the Pleasant Hill side. Meet at the East Trailhead at 8:30. We will take trail 6 to 2 to 4 to 1, then to the top and back down to 1 to 3 then back to 6. If you are unfamiliar with this trailhead you can contact the leader. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Leader: Tommy Young

This hike to the top of Spencer Butte takes the less traveled route from Blanton Road. We'll cross Blanton Ridge before continuing on from the 52nd and Willamette trailhead. This option provides a good in town workout.. If the weather doesn't co-operate we can forgo the exposed rocky steps near the top. To get to the trailhead from 29th & Willamette continue south on Willamette. At Willamette/Donald St Intersection bear right on Willamette. Immediately bear right again on to Crest Drive. Follow signs staying on Crest for approximately 1.2 miles to the Junction with Blanton Road. Turn left on Blanton. The trial head is on your left in about ½ mile. Another way to get to the Blanton trailhead is to go south on Chambers until it ends at Crest Drive. Turn left on to Crest. In about ½ mile turn right on Blanton Road.

Moderate Hike—52nd Street/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Leader: Evelyn Nagy

For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we started using this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. 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, September 30, 2020
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

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—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Thursday, October 1, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is a long hike to backside of Pisgah.–It takes two hours and 15 minutes at a moderate space to get to the top!. The sunset is 6:51 and moonrise is 7:17. I doubt if we stick around for the harvest full moon to rise unless the weather is balmy. We will take Trail 7 to Trail 4 DOWN to Trail 2 and then up 800 ft elevation on the east side. Look for us by my car, one or two rows down from the fee box. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions. If it is raining, we could opt for a shorter hike.

Easy Hike—Brice Creek—Saturday, October 3, 2020
Leader: Kathie Carpenter

UPDATE 9/14: The area is now closed! I am hopeful that it will be open again by the 3rd, but I'll also be thinking of alternative hikes. We'll join Brice Creek Trail at Cedar Creek Campground, and follow Brice Creek to Champion Creek, with a .6 mile loop to Lower Trestle Creek Falls on the way. We will pass by lots of tempting swimming holes, and there should be time for a quick dip if it's not too chilly. (Because I don't know how the air quality will be, I am not planning on the Upper Trestle Creek Falls, which would add more elevation gain and make this a difficult hike instead of an easy one! Next year...) Currently, Brice Creek Trail is open, although the campgrounds are closed. I'll check on their status as we get closer to departure, and email all hikers with an update, as parking might be an issue if the campground is closed. We'll follow Obsidians social distancing guidelines, and participants will arrange their own transportation. The road and parking are fine for non 4WD vehicles.

Moderate Hike—Cham-o-tee sunrise—Sunday, October 4, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Spencer Butte was called Cham-o-tee by the native Kalapuya, meaning rattlesnake. Don't miss this brisk hike and another beautiful sunrise from the 30 million years old butte. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. 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.

Easy Hike—South Eugene Hills—Sunday, October 4, 2020
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

Meet at 29th & Willamette Market of Choice parking lot in front of the US Bank front door. This is a fairly fast paced hike, not a saunter. We will be walking primarily on streets with little traffic, but also on some trails. The goal is to explore some city passages and steps which connect neighborhoods, burn some calories, and with some luck, perhaps even see a coati!mundi!

easy Hike—Ribbon Trail for Guests—Sunday, October 4, 2020
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

Limited to 6 guests because of social distancing. Members may sign up the day before if space. Face covering required. Meet at the Obsidian Lodge to start the hike on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. This is an opportunity to find out about the Obsidians and see our lodge. The Lodge is hard to find so I suggest you get directions and map from Obsidian home page. It is not necessary to do the hike if you have concerns about meeting people on the trail.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Leader: Angie Ruzicka

This hike to the top of Spencer Butte takes the less traveled route from Blanton Road. We'll cross Blanton Ridge before continuing on from the 52nd and Willamette trailhead. This option provides a good in town workout.. If the weather doesn't co-operate we can forgo the exposed rocky steps near the top. To get to the trailhead from 29th & Willamette continue south on Willamette. At Willamette/Donald St Intersection bear right on Willamette. Immediately bear right again on to Crest Drive. Follow signs staying on Crest for approximately 1.2 miles to the Junction with Blanton Road. Turn left on Blanton. The trial head is on your left in about ½ mile. Another way to get to the Blanton trailhead is to go south on Chambers until it ends at Crest Drive. Turn left on to Crest. In about ½ mile turn right on Blanton Road.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE TIME CHANGE 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—52nd Street/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

NOTE NEW TIME For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we've been using this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. 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—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Leader: Angie Ruzicka

This hike to the top of Spencer Butte takes the less traveled route from Blanton Road. We'll cross Blanton Ridge before continuing on from the 52nd and Willamette trailhead. This option provides a good in town workout.. If the weather doesn't co-operate we can forgo the exposed rocky steps near the top. To get to the trailhead from 29th & Willamette continue south on Willamette. At Willamette/Donald St Intersection bear right on Willamette. Immediately bear right again on to Crest Drive. Follow signs staying on Crest for approximately 1.2 miles to the Junction with Blanton Road. Turn left on Blanton. The trial head is on your left in about ½ mile. Another way to get to the Blanton trailhead is to go south on Chambers until it ends at Crest Drive. Turn left on to Crest. In about ½ mile turn right on Blanton Road.

Moderate Hike—52nd Street/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Leader: Joanna Alexander

For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we've been using this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. 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, October 14, 2020
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

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—Zena Forest hike and Mill Tour—Thursday, October 15, 2020
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

We will be visiting the Zena Forest (1300 acres) and Mill in the Eola Hills NW of Salem. This is a family owned business and they have managed the forest since 1987 with a focus on maintaining a healthy and diverse forest ecosystem. The owners’s mother, Sarah Deumling, who manages the forest and oversees all restoration, logging and planning, will lead our hike for at least 2 hours around the woods and talk to us about forestry and conservation, etc. (The above mileage and feet gained is approximate.) She says, “Sustainability is the most important part of what we do.” We will lunch at their pond on the way back from the woods to the mill. At the mill, there will be a little tour of what Zena does there, their products, philosophy, etc. Please read the COVID-19 Protocols on the Obsidian website prior to this activity. Participants will manage their own transportation. At Zena, they are still working, albeit with extra safety precautions. We need to follow their COVID-19 guidelines: https://www.zenaforest.com/covid19.

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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