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.

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April
Driftwood Shores to Hidd
Earth Day Science walk
CarCmp Cottonwood Canyon State P
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Silver Fls
Marys Pk
Rooster Rk
Baker Beach
Finley Wildlife Refuge

May
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Bk Pk Grand Canyon
Upper Weyerhaeuser Haul R
Sawtooth Rk
Bk Pk Grand Canyon N
Yachats to Waldport
Heceta Hd/Beaver Lk
Willamette Confluence Pre
Opal Cr
Horse Rk
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Kayak Kayaking on the Siltcoos
Mt June (via Lost Cr)
Mt Pisgah Wildflower Fest
Summer Trips Rally
CarCmp Central Oregon Explore

June
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Iron Mtn Wildflowers
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Yapoah Crater
Hwy To Hwy
Hwy to Hwy support Metoli
Bachelor Mt via Bugaboo R

July
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Crabtree Valley
Beverly Beach
The Wife via SW Ridge
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise

Moderate Hike— Driftwood Shores to Hidden Cove—Sunday, April 21, 2019
Leader: Darko Sojak

John Muir Birthday hike on the beach just few miles north of the Florence. Please be ready for brisk, long walk on the sand and wading of Sutton Creek and Berry Creek. Forecast: Mostly sunny, Low 50°F, light N wind. After the hike some of us will stop at seafood restaurant north of Florence. Please join us. Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. ~John Muir

Easy Hike—Earth Day Science walk —Monday, April 22, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meet outside the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. It is open in honor of Earth Day and admission is free. We will go on their special science walk at 2:00. (There are three other walks scheduled throughout the afternoon.) They might still be serving Earth Day Cupcakes. If anyone is interested in parking at Hendricks Park and walking through the Rhodie Gardens down to the Museum, let me know at jbjacobsen@comcast.net and I will update with a time to meet.

easy to diff CarCmp—Cottonwood Canyon State Park—Monday–Wednesday, April 22–24, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

This is Oregon newest state park. It sit along the John Day River 12 miles southeast of Wasco Oregon and 10 miles from the Columbia River Gorge. I have been here twice so I am familiar with their very basic trail system. This is composed right now of the existing old ranch roads running along both sides of the river. The last time I was there I extended my hiking using animal trails to the top of the canyon. I also started exploring side canyons which I intend to do more of on this trip. In late April we should be seeing wildflowers and several kinds of migrating birds. There are a large number of raptors in the area including Golden Eagles. There are also Big Horn Sheep in this area. I saw 6 the last time I was there. The CG has great showers, no quarters needed. I consider this and exploratory trip. You need to be comfortable off trail on rocky terrain. We will be using both the ranch roads, very easy, and exploring more difficult ground. I will be calling everyone who signs up to discuss any question or concerns.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

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—Silver Falls—Friday, April 26, 2019
Leader: Betty Grant

This is a wonderful hike! Water flow on the "Trail of 10 Falls" should be powerful at this time of the year. The canyon is lush with greenery year round and spring wildflowers will have emerged.The hike will start at the North Falls parking lot. Lunch break is planned for the South Falls Lodge (about 5 miles in) where there is usually a fire going if we need warmth and food/beverages can be purchased at the Snack bar. If it's a sunny day, we can settle into outdoor seating. After lunch we will hike a mile on the Rim Trail, then drop back into the canyon on the Winter Falls trail and enjoy a number of the waterfalls a 2nd time viewing them from the opposite direction as we return upstream to our start point. Optional: When we arrive at the South Falls Lodge, folks have the option of relaxing there and waiting to be picked up after the rest of the group completes the loop. An Oregon State Parks annual or $5 daily pass is required for each car. Daily passes can be purchased on site; the group will share the expense. .

Moderate Hike—Marys Peak—Saturday, April 27, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

Standard route from Connor's Camp. Mostly long, gentle switch-backs through conifers and maple. We'll take a few minutes near the top to look at pillow basalt in a road cut. Great views if weather cooperates. However, be prepared for fog, rain, unlikely snow and a few big logs on the trail. Steady pace with a few stops at intersections for water and snacks.

Moderate Hike—Rooster Rock—Sunday, April 28, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Update: Plan your route to departure place to avoid the Eugene Marathon. Departs from: Springfield, Winco Parking lot, I-105/Mohawk. 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).I t is a wilderness so the limit is 12. It will be a moderate steady pace for the uphill hike. It would 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, was once a lookout. I’ll probably reschedule or substitute if heavy rain is predicted. Watch for an update —I will be checking on trail conditions and the snow level.

Moderate Hike—Baker Beach—Sunday, April 28, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

I consider this an exploratory hike for me. I was involved in the SOLVE beach clean up and thought it would be a different slice of the beach that I have not hiked in years. So, besides spending most of our time walking along the ocean in what ever conditions the weather present, we can consider lunch or early dinner in town before we head home.

Moderate Hike—Finley Wildlife Refuge—Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

We'll try a Tuesday when there are likely to be fewer people to scare the birds. We'll visit Campbell Lodge, Campbell boardwalk, Woodpecker loop, Mill Hill Trail and loop and maybe McFadden"s Marsh depending on weather and time.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

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. s from Canyon Drive Street sign with the hiker symbol.

Difficult Bk Pk—Grand Canyon—Saturday–Wednesday, May 4–8, 2019
Leader: Steve Adey

A five day, four night backpack in Grand Canyon National Park. The actual dates are Sunday May 4 (hike down) thru Thursday May 9 (hike up). Please request an information packet from steve80adey@gmail.com. The packet includes route descriptions, transportation and lodging suggestions, and links for more information. The trip will begin and end at the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The first night will be at Bright Angel Campground, then two nights at Cottonwood Campground, back to Bright Angel, and hike out the last day. All via S. Kaibab and N. Kaibab trails. The distances are 7 - 10 miles and the elevation gain/loss the first and last day is about 5,000 ft. The Grand Canyon permit fee of $34 is non-refundable, paid directly to the trip leader. The small Obsidian fee is additional. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to the Grand Canyon and for all food and lodging while there.

Moderate Hike—Upper Weyerhaeuser Haul Rd—Saturday, May 4, 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 Maill on your left after the 76 gas station. Park in the middle of the parking lot by the light pole. This is an exploratory hike for me. Trail miles and elevation gain are approximate using GPS technology. We will be hiking the old road between Hills Creek Rd and Upper Fall Creek Rd. I have driven to both ends and have talked to people who have hiked or biked the road. We need four drivers who can take five per car. We will park two on the Hills Creek entrance and drive to the end of Upper Fall Creek Rd where we will start our hike.

Moderate Hike—Sawtooth Rock—Sunday, May 5, 2019
Leader: Kathy Randall

Trail climbs steadily through forested headwaters of Lost Creek until we reach the ridge between Mt. June and Hardesty Mt. There are great views along this ridge of Mt. June, Bohemia Mtn and the Calapooya range. Sawtooth Rock is a 50 ft. monolith with a cave on the north side of its base. *As of 4/13 I have NOT had time to scout the trail conditions for this hike beyond the first 1/2 mile. I should be able to check it out before May 5 and will keep you posted on my findings in this trip description.

Difficult Bk Pk—Grand Canyon North—Tuesday–Friday, May 7–10, 2019
Leader: Steven Koester

Thunder River Trail and Deer Creek Day 1 Drive from Kanab to Monument Point [7166] , hike Bill Hall trail to Upper Tapeats Creek [2400] Day 2. Upper Tapeats to Deer Creek camp [2200] Day 3 Layover Day 4 Deer Creek to Monument Point , drive back to Kanab/Las Vegas. Fly home 5-11 This is a challenging but spectacular hike. I plan to fly to LasVegas on 5-6 and drive to Kanab. Would be happy to share transportation.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Leader: Jennifer Baer

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. s from Canyon Drive Street sign with the hiker symbol.

Moderate Hike—Yachats to Waldport—Friday, May 10, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

We should arrive at Smelt Sands State Park around 10:00 to organize the shuttle to Patterson State Park — starting the beach walk at 10:30, lunch at Tillicum State Park at 11:45. Target opens at 8:00 (bathrooms). There are bathrooms at Smelt Sands and Tilllicum. Low tide (-.60 feet) is at 11:42 am. There are more than a few several stream crossings. I recommend tennis shoes/wool socks that you don’t mind getting wet. Rubber boots/blisters have been a problem on other trips.

Moderate Hike—Heceta Head/Beaver Lake—Saturday, May 11, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

From Washburne Park we will walk south on the beach to the Hobbit Trail, and from there up over Heceta Head to the lighthouse for lunch. Some may want to take the lighthouse tour and explore this famous historic landmark. After lunch we will hike back over Heceta Head and take the Valley Trail past Beaver Lake to Washburne Park. We will be walking a slow pace and stopping several times to look at some amazing geologic features.

Moderate Hike—Willamette Confluence Preserve tour —Saturday, May 11, 2019
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

The Willamette Confluence features extensive habitats that are endangered in the Willamette Valley, including six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. The Nature Conservancy is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site. This 6-mile, 3-hour walking tour (9AM-12PM) with volunteer docents (and other community members, up to 24 on tour) will take us around the preserve. Tour will include some steep uphill and downhill sections, walking on uneven ground, and crossing a slow flowing creek that may be up to a foot deep. Participants : no one under 18 per Confluence regulation

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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