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

April
Wild Iris Ridge
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Bk Pk OCT: Yaquina Hd to Cape P
Full Ridgeline w/Shuttle
Mt Pisgah
Blanton Hgts-Spencer-Fox
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Patterson Mtn
Boulder Cr Wilderness

May
Rooster Rk
Bike 12 Bridges Bike Trip
CarCmp Badlands
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
McCall, Memaloose,, Mosie
CarCmp McKenzie Fls Weekend
Mt Pisgah
N Bank Habitat\nN Bank Hab
Bike Ankeny Wildlife Refuge
Cottage Grove Exploration
Silver Fls
Mt St. Helens
Bk Pk Blacklock Pt
Horse Rk Geology
Yachats to Waldport
Trestle Cr Fls
Cascadia Cave
Tidbits Mtn
Masonic Cemetery to Obsid
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Bike Banks-Vernonia Cycling, R

June
Yachats
Pueblo Mtn
Dorris Ranch to Clearwate
Exploding Whale Hike
Horse Pasture Mtn
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Iron Mtn Geology
Wicked Portland Walk
Marys Pk, E Ridge
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Yapoah Crater Geology
Lowder Mtn

July
Rosary Lks
Middle Pyramid
CarCmp Exploring Central Oregon
Annual Beach Barefoot hi

Easy Hike—Wild Iris Ridge—Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Leader: Chris Stockdale

Meet at trail head at Bailey Hill and Bertelsen (from West 18th take Bailey Hill to intersection with Bertelsen; parking lot on left).

We will follow the new graveled path up to the Ridge and then will explore the less visited and less developed area to the east (all within the park). Views of Spencer Butte, Fern Ridge Lake and the Coast Range. Be prepared for mud and standing water, so waterproof hiking boots are essential. This should be during the blooming season of the wild irises. Call the leader with any questions.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, April 25, 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. Join us at the Hideaway Bakery after the hike for refreshments, food, and good conversation.

Difficult Bk Pk—OCT: Yaquina Head to Cape Perpetua—Thursday–Sunday, April 26–29, 2018
Leader: Mark Hougardy

This is a 40-mile backpacking trip along the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT). This section begins at Yaquina Head and continues to the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

On the first day we'll take the Amtrak to Albany then a regional bus to Newport. In town we'll collect some supplies then catch a city shuttle to the Yaquina Head Natural Area to explore and possibly tour the lighthouse. In the afternoon we walk the beach to Newport and over the bay bridge to South Beach State Park. We'll sleep in the hiker/biker camp.

On Day 2 we continue along the beach passing the Ona/Beaver Creek area to pitch our tents at the Seal Rock RV Park.

The morning of day 3 we get an early start and continue to Waldport then onto the Big Stump and overnight in the Beachside State Recreation Area in the hiker/biker camp. On day four we pass through Yachats and into the hills to the Cape Perpetua Lookout and Amanda's Trail, finishing up at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.

A return ride from Cape Perpetua to Eugene has been confirmed. All overnight areas have flush toilets and hot showers. The vast majority of the route is on sand or trail. About 8 miles includes walking on pavement; five miles of which is passing through towns, using park roads, and city streets, three miles will be at the side of Coast Hwy 101 mostly during bridge crossings. The two major bridges have enclosed pedestrian areas for crossing.

Cost will run approx. $80 per person for transit fares, camping fees and carpooling amount. Food is additional. On the first day will plan to eat dinner at Cafe Mundo in Newport. On the second night possibly at a Japanese restaurant in Seal Rock. Day three we'll eat in the hiker/biker camp so bring backpacking food. Additional details will be sent to participants.

Moderate Hike—Full Ridgeline w/Shuttle—Thursday, April 26, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

We will use a car shuttle to facilitate the hike the Ridgeline Trail from Blanton to Spring trailhead. A great way to hike the entire Ridgeline trail. A steady pace with up and downs for the one way hikers. If there are hikers who want to return to Blanton for a longer hike, we will probably divide into two groups. Please check if you can drive. I’ll need "one way" hikers to leave car(s) at Spring trailhead before 8:00 and those (either round trip or one way) to help with the 8:00 carpool to Blanton. My email is jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Depending on the weather, doubling the distance and doing this is as an out and back is option for those interested. I would also like to do the return part if it works out with the shuttle. My email is jbjacobsen@comcast.net Dave Cooper would lead the return portion.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah—Friday, April 27, 2018
Leader: David Cooper

Description: Turn right at the sign for West Summit Trailhead and follow pay fee signs. Look for the yellow fee box. I'll try to have my car in the row below so that it is easy for us to meet, sign up. etc. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles to 7.4 at a steady pace. Sometimes we split into two groups to shorten the distance if desired by some. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. Once we reach the summit, you have the option of going back down on the main trail for total of 6 miles or continuing on to north trailhead for a total of 7.4 miles. Email me at dwcoop@yahoo.com 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).

Difficult Hike—Blanton Hgts-Spencer-Fox Hollow—Saturday, April 28, 2018
Leader: Lynn Meacham

We will start at the Blanton trailhead and hike to the top of Spencer Butte then come back down to the junction and head over to Fox Hollow then return to Blanton. The pace will probably be moderate to fast.

Hike—Mt. Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise hike—Sunday, April 29, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:13pm and moonrise is at 8:01pm I plan to take trail 17 and 4 to catch 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).

What to bring:

Easy Hike—Patterson Mountain—Sunday, April 29, 2018
Leader: Kathy Randall

Pleasant hike SE of Hardesty Mtn. passes by Lone Wolf Shelter & spring before reaching high open ridge with views.

PLEASE NOTE: change in meeting place to ShopKo on Coburg Road due to Eugene Marathon the same morning

Moderate Hike—Boulder Creek Wilderness—Sunday, April 29, 2018
Leader: Randy Sinnott

One of Oregon’s few official wilderness areas that’s hikable in winter, the Boulder Creek valley features a plateau forested with stately ponderosa pines—a rarity west of the Cascades.

This area burned several years ago. I have hiked it since the burn (last time was 2013) and it was recovering well. Because it is the Umpqua drainage, you may find a mix of flora you don’t regularly hike among. The region is also full of interesting rock formations from periodic volcanism.

This will be a moderately paced hike and will have a crossing of Boulder Creek as a turnaround/lunch. Hopefully there will be wildflowers in bloom.

Moderate Hike—Rooster Rock—Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Departs from: Springfield, Winco Parking lot, I-105/Mohawk. Across street from Starbucks in the Winco Parking Lot. 1920 Olympic Street, Springfield. This gives us easy access to get on I-105, take Mohawk exit to Marcola, Mohawk Valley and to Sweet Home. It is another 21 miles on Highway 20 to the Trout Creek Trailhead and the Menagerie Wilderness (established1984). It will be a moderate steady pace for the uphill hike. It will be like hiking Mt. Pisgah twice with few stops. From the junction with the old climbers' trail, it climbs 750' in the last half mile. From the top, there is a view east and we should see Hen Rock, Turkey Monster, and Chicken Rock hidden in the rugged terrain. Rooster Rock, where the lookout once stood, has historic will probably reschedule if heavy rain is predicted. See photos from previous trips in The Trip Reports (Homepage)

Moderate Bike—12 Bridges Bike Trip—Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Leader: Richard Hughes

This is an overview of the route: We will cross 12 bridges along the Willamette River as well as visiting the new path, paralleling the I-5 freeway, then tunneling beneath the Beltline. For details of the route visit:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27065208

Moderate CarCmp—Badlands—Tuesday–Friday, May 1–4, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

The Badlands Wilderness, under ten years old, about 20 miles east of Bend. This area is a classic high dessert hiking area. It contains many volcanic features, ancient juniper, sage and great vistas. It contains 50 plus miles of trails. I hiked one loop and checked out all the trailheads. I consider this trip exploratory in nature. There are no camping grounds right at the wilderness. The closest CG is a BLM CG on the Crooked River. Big Bend, is set along the river with good facilities. No water when I was there but according to BLM it should be on by the end of April. Breakfast and lunch on each individual. There will be a pre trip meeting on April 23rd Monday where I will hand out a small map of area and discuss the potential for group dinners. The weather in May should be moderate. But be prepared for cold nights, potential snow, rain or wind. I will call with the place and time of pre trip meeting. The Crooked River is open to catch and release fly fishing for red band trout and steelhead.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 2, 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

Moderate Hike—McCall, Memaloose, & Mosier—Friday, May 4, 2018
Leader: Laura Osinga

Wildflowers are the highlight of this trip! Please note the long drive. Ideally we’ll trek three separate trails located off the Historic Columbia Highway east of Hood River. First parking at Rowena Crest, we’ll hike up McCall Point, a 3.4 mile out-and-back trail that gains a little over 1000 feet, and whose summit view includes a stunning span of the Columbia River, and on a clear day, Mt. Hood, and Mt Adams. After lunch on the summit, we’ll drive 4 miles west and hike the Memaloose Hills, 3.5 miles of trail with 550 feet of elevation gain. If time and energy levels allow, we’ll drive a another short distance west to the town of Mosier and hike a 3.5 mile loop through the Mosier Plateau, one of the newest trails in the Gorge (2013). It gains 760 feet of elevation and includes passing through a pioneer cemetery and alongside a scenic waterfall. This will be a long day with a lot of driving. It’s my attempt to pack in as much trail time as possible to make the drive worth it. The leader enjoys wildflowers but is not a professional botanist. Rattlesnakes and ticks are common in the Gorge.

Easy CarCmp—McKenzie Falls Weekend—Saturday–Sunday, May 5–6, 2018
Leader: Mark Hougardy

This is a low-key weekend explore of the McKenzie River's waterfalls: Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls, and Tamolich Falls (Blue Pool).

Saturday, May 5th:

Depart Eugene and drive (up 126) to the Sahalie Falls area where we'll hike the Sahalie & Koosah loop. The trail distance is 5 miles round trip. We'll eat lunch by one of the falls. After the hike we'll drive 15 minutes south to the Olallie Forest Service Campground and set up camp. Our sites are #15 & #16 - the two next to the creek where it joins the McKenzie. People with sore feet might want to visit Belknap Springs that evening.

Sunday, May 6th:

In the morning we break camp and drive about 3 miles to the Tamolich Falls trailhead and hike (4 miles round trip) to the Tamolich Falls (Blue Pool). We'll have lunch in the area then return to the cars in the early afternoon. We should be back in Eugene by 4 pm.

We will depart south Eugene (near the Albertson's on 30th), the exact location will be sent to trip participants prior to the trip. For those not driving residential street parking is available.

# There is a camping site fee of $7 per person payable to the trip leader.

# Everyone should contribute a couple of dollars at the campsite to help buy wood.

# There should not be an extra vehicle fee, though if this changes campers in the vehicle should help contribute.

# Because the camping sites are close to the river come prepared for cold temperatures at night.

# Bring a tent and any camping stuff you need; though please note that space is tight at the campsites.

# Bring your own meals and snacks.

# A Forest Service pit toilet is at the campground.

# Bring earplugs as river noise might keep some awake.

# Water is available at the campground.

# Drivers need to bring a forest pass.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Saturday, May 5, 2018
Leader: Evelyn Nagy

Description: Turn right at the sign for West Summit Trailhead and follow pay fee signs. Look for the yellow fee box. I'll try to have my car in the row below so that it is easy for us to meet, sign up. etc. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles to 7.4 at a steady pace. Sometimes we split into two groups to shorten the distance if desired by some. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. Once we reach the summit, you have the option of going back down on the main trail for total of 6 miles.. 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—North Bank Habitat\nNorth Bank Habitat—Sunday, May 6, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

The North Bank Habitat is south of Eugene, exit 135, Wilbur. The drive takes around 1 hour. There is a new parking lot with a bathroom at the trailhead. The loop boundary ridge hike takes one up and down more than several times on rolling(some steep & challenging) hills/ridgeline with oak savannas, meadows, and views of the Umpqua River. It is a moderate to difficult hike. The elevation gain is like doing Mt. Pisgah twice. One can easily avoid the plentiful poison oak at this time of year. Expect a few sections of the trail to be really muddy. We should start hiking around 9:15 and complete the hike by 2:00. It could be a late lunch so bring some snacks. If weather conditions are not optimal, I’ll reschedule. A map of the area is in Sullivan’s Southern Oregon hiking book. Optional stop at Rice Hill for ice cream.

Moderate Bike—Ankeny Wildlife Refuge—Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Leader: Richard Hughes

We leave Eugene no later than 8:05 AM in order to arrive at the starting point and ready to ride at 9:30 AM, Obsidian time. Details of the starting point will be emailed to you a few days before the trip. Details of the route may be viewed at:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7151835

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Leader: Vern Marsonette

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

Easy Hike—Cottage Grove Exploration—Friday, May 11, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Explore historic Cottage Grove: 14 scenic murals, Bohemia Gold Mining Museum, historic homes, Main Street, movie connections, Opal Whiteley Park.

A stop at the Cottage Grove Public Library to see the Opal Whiteley sculpture and if possible, an archived collection. A walk on River Road along the South Fork of Willamette River to see covered bridge. Lunch will be at a restaurant not yet decided. Mileage is estimated. For more about Opal Whitely, start with this link. http://www.cottagegrove.net/history/whiteley/ Eugene Public Library has the PBS DVD Oregon Experience program on Whiteley, the Buster Keaton movie (The General), Animal House.

Moderate Hike—Silver Falls—Saturday, May 12, 2018
Leader: Brad Bennett

I plan on hiking to all 10 falls. We will start at the South Falls and hike clockwise with lunch at the upper north falls. There will be water on part of the trail, so I recommend boots. Dress in layers, bring stocking cap and gloves. There are some concrete stairs with handrails. There is a bathroom at the South Falls day use area and at the North Falls parking lot which we will visit just before lunch. This is a state park with a $5 parking fee that needs the be shared by all hikers.

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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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