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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July
Lookout Cr
Chambers Lk
Three Mile Lk
S Cinder Pk
Eagles Rest
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Yapoah Crater Lp
Red Bt
Heceta Lighthouse via Chi
Koosah Fls around Clear L
Campus Walk Campus Walk
Broken Top Crater
Grizzly Pk
Annual Beach Barefoot Hik
Paradise Prk
Obsidian Grand Tour
CarCmp N Umpqua Tr

August
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Olallie Mtn
Koosah-Sahalie to Tamolit
Bk Pk Yosemite Backpack
Black Crater
Erma Bell Lks

September
CarCmp Steens Mtn
Scott Mtn

Moderate Hike—Lookout Creek—Friday, July 10, 2020
Leader: Denise Bean

This is a great hike through very old growth forests. We will go as far as possible and then head back to the trail head (see below). Transportation: Please check either the box "need" or "have". Indicate the number you are comfortable taking in your car or put a zero if you plan on driving without passengers. The trail head can accommodate 8 cars if needed. This hike is in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and carries prohibitions against removing materials. This is from the H.J.Andrews website: Fishing and collection of forest products, such as flowers, moss, mushrooms, bear grass, or fir boughs, are prohibited on the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Many of these organisms are being studied by researchers and their removal can have serious, negative impacts. The trail is often steep and has some awkward sections. The total trail length is 3.5 miles but as of 2019 we only go in around two miles and turn around. This is because beyond that point means a dangers creek crossing and then a 3 mile road walk back to the start of the hike at the west trailhead.

Difficult Hike—Chambers Lake—Saturday, July 11, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

It's been a while since I've hiked in this area due to the 2012 Pole Creek burn. As it's been eight years since the burn I'd like to see how the recovery is progressing. This is an out and back hike that starts and ends at the Pole Creek trailhead. Our destination and lunch spot will be Camp Lake at 6950 feet so snow is a possibility but considering our warm spring I doubt it will be a problem. Please note that the majority of this hike is through the burn area. 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—Three Mile Lake—Sunday, July 12, 2020
Leader: Jane Hackett

A hike that starts 10 miles south of Florence. We start in a forest that opens to a trail out on the dunes and ends at the beach. We walk along the beach for about a mile, return to the dunes, and back into the forest. We get a peek at the south end of Three Mile Lake. Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike/ride. Refer to main website page for information.

Difficult Hike—South Cinder Peak—Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

South Cinder Peak is located at the crest of the Cascades halfway between Mt Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack giving it great views. This hike is listed in Sullivan's book under "Carl Lake". Getting to the trailhead involves driving 13 miles of back roads including 7 miles of gravel road. From the trailhead we'll hike by Cabot, Carl, and Shirley Lakes before climbing a steep cinder cone to the summit for lunch. After lunch we'll return to our vehicles on the same trail. 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—Eagles Rest—Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Leader: Joel Greer

Please read the Covid-19 protocols on the Obsidian website prior to the hike. Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. We will begin our hike at the Eagle's Rest Lower trailhead (there are no restrooms), and walk a very shady trail uphill to Eagle's Rest, a rocky outcrop with sweeping views from Mount June to Spencer Butte. We'll plan on having lunch at the top before returning the same way we came. Note to drivers: the last 3.2 miles along Goodman Creek Road off Highway 58 is gravel with plenty of potholes in places. It is navigable in a regular car, but requires careful weaving and slow driving.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

CONFIRM PLACE of DEPARTURE THE DAY BEFORE the HIKE. Fox Hollow has been closed for two weeks because of trail construction. 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, July 15, 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.

Difficult Hike—Yapoah Crater Loop—Saturday, July 18, 2020
Leader: Tom Rundle

Meet at Santa Clara Plaza north of Division Ave. on south side of the parking lot near Burger King. We will ascend via the PCT past South Mathieu to Yapoah Crater. From the top of the cone there is an excellent view of lava flows and glacial features near North Sister. On the return loop we will visit North Mathieu Lake, formed by a lava dam. Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information.

Difficult Hike—Red Butte—Saturday, July 18, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

This hike takes off from the Duffy Lake trailhead off of Big Meadows Road and will involve a 20 foot stream crossing which may necessitate wading so be prepared. The trail continues past Duffy and Mowich Lakes before reaching Red Butte. The climb up the cinder cone is steep and a bit of a scramble but will give us a scenic spot for our lunch.. We'll return on the same trail. 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—Heceta Lighthouse via China Ck—Sunday, July 19, 2020
Leader: Jane Hackett

We will drive to Washburn Wayside and start the hike along the beach. Continue up the Hobbitt trail and over to the light house with great views of the Pacific. I believe the lighthouse will be closed. It is run by volunteers. On the return trip we will cross the coast Hwy. pickup the China Creek trail back to the cars.

Moderate Hike—Koosah Falls around Clear Lake—Monday, July 20, 2020
Leader: Denise Bean

Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information. This is a great hike to see both waterfalls, Kossah and Sahalie Falls and one of the clearest most pristine lakes in the cascades. Clear Lake is where the McKenzie River gets its start. Please mark your transportation. If you want to drive with no one in your car then mark "have" and "0". If you might be comfortable taking a person or two then mark how many besides yourself you are willing to have ride with you. I don't want to park more than six cars at the small trailhead so would expand the max participants if we have the travel capacity.

Easy Hike—Campus Walk Campus Walk—Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meet in front of the U of O Library for a 2 hour walk to view outside sculpture and building ornamentation. Our first stop will be the Opal Whiteley bronze statue on the east of the Knight Library. Probably public bathrooms will not be available.

Difficult Hike—Broken Top Crater—Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

This hike extends from the Tam McArthur Rim hike from Three Creeks Lake and continues all the way past The Broken Hand to No Name Lake which is nestled just below the West side of Broken Top. This was originally one of Sullivan's secret hikes that has since become well known and very popular for its spectacular alpine scenery. The trail was once an unmarked scramble but has recently become a signed path so don't expect solitude but the views are worth sharing. Also for those willing there will be the option of dinner in Sisters. This is an all day excursion. 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, July 22, 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—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Leader: Gwyneth Iredale

Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. If the trail maintenance is still underway we may take the 52nd Avenue and Willamette parking lot start location.. I will update this description closer to the date . 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.

Difficult Hike—Grizzly Peak—Saturday, July 25, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

This hike starts out at the Pamelia Lake trailhead and so requires a special limited entry permit. At the time I requested the permit there was a group size limit of 10 people so that's what the permit was issued for. I'll need to collect an additional fee from each person of one dollar to cover the cost of the permit. This hike has a challenging 2700 foot climb to Grizzly Peak for a great close up view of Mt Jefferson where we'll have lunch. We'll return to our vehicles on the same trail. 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—Annual Beach Barefoot Hike—Sunday, July 26, 2020
Leader: Darko Sojak

Join me on Annual Obsidian barefoot hike. This year we will start at Florence’s North Jetty and hike north to the Sutton Creek estuary. After the snack break…same way back. We are designed to walk barefoot but evolved to shoe wearing creatures. Barefoot walking is candid way to feel the earth under your feet. There are many health benefits and some risks associated with going barefoot. Please use common sense. Carry sandals or (and) thick socks and use in case you are unable to handle sand under your feet. Let’s feel the sand! >> Participants will manage their own transportation. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for information. <<

Difficult Hike—Paradise Park—Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Leader: Steven Johnson

I last led this trip in 2014 when we actually saw Mt Hood for only about 5 minutes. The rest of the time it was covered in clouds. For this trip I've ordered sunny skies. We'll start at Mt Hood's Timberline Lodge and head West on the Timberline Trail to Mt Hood's most beautiful meadow for lunch at the big rock. Our destination is the same elevation as our trailhead so you would think this would be an easy trail however we'll have to descend and climb out of the Zig-Zag canyon both going out and coming back giving us plenty of exercise. The Zig-Zag canyon also has a challenging stream crossing to be prepared for. We'll return via the loop on the PCT. After our hike we'll stop for dinner at an area restaurant. Don't plan on getting home early. It was 10pm last time. The meeting place is next to the Springfield Fred Meyer Fuel Station on 5th and Q Street. 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, July 29, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

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, July 29, 2020
Leader: Janet Whitesides

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.

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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