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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June
Larison Cr
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt-
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Exploring the Ridgeline
Bachelor Mt from Bugaboo
Lowder Mtn
N Umpqua Waterfalls
Horse Pasture Mtn
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Crescent Mtn

July
Gordon Meadows / Gordon L
Bohemia Mtn
Bike Row River Tr
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Yapoah Crater Geology
Waldo Mtn Lp
CarCmp Exploring Central Oregon
Obsidian Lp
Three Fingered Jack/ P.C.
Bk Pk Goat Rk Wilderness
Canyon Cr Meadows
Annual Beach Barefoot hi
Rosary Lks
Maxwell Bt
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Crescent Mtn

August
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pamelia Lk
Opie Dilldock
Otter Lk Geology
Bk Pk PCT- (Obsidian trail to H
Brice Cr
CarCmp Perpetua Hike, Beaver Cr
Bk Pk Jefferson Prk
Belknap Crater PCT
Bk Pk Diamond Pk Wilderness
Bk Pk Carl Lk
Kayak Waldo Lk Kayak
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Obsidian Grand Tour

September
Bk Pk Broken Top via Tam McArth
CarCmp Mt Hood Car Camp
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Bk Pk Maiden Lk
Divide Lk
Charlton Lk to Irish Lk v

Moderate Hike—Larison Creek—Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

Beautiful hike along Larison Creek. We will hike the same trail out and back.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte- Afternoon—Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Leader: Mark Hougardy

Note the change in location:

The conditioning hike will start/end at the Fox Hollow Trailhead (across from the Raptor Center). Because of the heat (about 90 degrees) we will have a moderate pace to the top of Spencer Butte. At the top, we can watch the thunderstorms roll in. All participants must bring water. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Leader: David Strutin

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—Mt. Pisgah Summer Solstice—Thursday, June 21, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

NOTE time change as of June 7th. The parking lot will be crowded. Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:59pm. I plan to take trail 17 and 4 to catch the main trail to the summit. Our goal is to view the rays of the sunset shining through the Mt. Pisgah Sighting Pedestal. We will take the main trail (#1) back to the parking lot.
Optional to bring snacks. For more about the pedestal, see the sculptor's website, Peter Helzer. 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).

Easy Hike—Exploring the Ridgeline—Saturday, June 23, 2018
Leader: Carla Cooper

This is another slow and easy hike along the Ridgeline. We will walk from the Fox Hollow Trailhead to Mt. Baldy and back. Since this is on a Saturday and parking is limited at Fox Hollow, we will meet at Amazon Park and carpool to the trailhead.

Moderate Hike—Bachelor Mt. from Bugaboo Ridge—Saturday, June 23, 2018
Leader: Daphne James

Near Mt. Jeff. Fabulous panoramic views of Mt Jefferson and Cascade peaks. Expecting wildflowers on ridge and meadows. ..Iris, paint brush, larkspur,cat's ear, penstemon,violets. Lots of bang. Moderate pace.

Moderate Hike—Lowder Mountain—Sunday, June 24, 2018
Leader: Judy Terry

This will be an easy to moderate paced hike. The trail is uphill with switchbacks before leveling off to traverse the hills leading to the top of Lowder Mtn.. We will pass 3 meadows with occasional views of the Cascades. The final push will be a steep uphill for a 1/2 mile before reaching the top. Arriving at a flat plain we will cross to the East side of Lowder Mtn., where I hope we will have a view of the Cascades.

Moderate Hike—North Umpqua Waterfalls—Sunday, June 24, 2018
Leader: Laura Osinga

Due to the logistics of multiple stops, we’ll ideally fit into two vehicles. Our (ambitious) goal will be to see 7 waterfalls along the North Umpqua River and its tributaries. 2 are roadside and 5 will involve short (0.6 mi) to medium (3.4 mi) length hikes. The hiking pace will be brisk without much dawdling but will allow time for photos. Our first stop will be Fall Creek Falls where we’ll shimmy through a house-sized boulder with a crack down the middle before reaching this beautiful falls; then we’ll take in the infamous Toketee Falls which is easily one of Oregon’s most photographed falls (for good reason – it is stunning); next is dramatic Watson Falls, Oregon’s third tallest waterfall; then Whitehorse and Clearwater Falls which are roadside and worthy of stopping to stretch our legs; finally we’ll drive over a dam to reach Lemolo Falls and Warm Springs Falls before heading back to Eugene. This will be long day with a lot of driving through some of Oregon's most scenic countryside - it's worth it!

Moderate Hike—Horse Pasture Mountain—Sunday, June 24, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

Horse Pasture has one of the best views of the 3 Sisters and great wildflowers. The summit has the remains of an old fire look out. The trail starts in the woods and it breaks out on a rocky open slope where you can see the summit that when you reach it will give you a 360 degree view of the surrounding country.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:59 pm and moonrise is at 8:38 pm. Because Trail Maintenance is at 5:30 and some may want to do both. I plan to take 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).

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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. 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

Difficult Hike—Crescent Mountain—Saturday, June 30, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith

This is one of my favorite hikes. After a gradual 100' descent to pretty Maude Creek in the first 1.3 miles, the trail climbs steeply at 700-800'/mile for the next two miles and traverses huge open meadows which should have plenty of wildflowers. There is another significant, but shorter climb through a wooded area near the summit, where there are remains from a lookout tower. After Maude Creek, there is no water. From the summit, one can see the Pyramids, Cone Peak, and there is a nice view of the High Cascades. We will return the way we came.

Moderate Hike—Gordon Meadows / Gordon Lakes—Sunday, July 1, 2018
Leader: Kathy Randall

I found an old Sweet Home Ranger District booklet with description for this hike with the elevation gain figure given as 1100 ft. This trail takes us through a mix of forest and meadows, along and then across a creek, to two lakes tucked in the forest. Several hikers enjoyed a swim in the lake before lunch last year (6/25/17). Mosquitos were present, but not particularly bothersome.

Easy Hike—Bohemia Mountain —Monday, July 2, 2018
Leader: Michael King

Please indicate if you can drive when you sign up. We will need drivers who are comfortable driving their vehicle on gravel and a section that is “narrow, steep and rough” according to Sullivan in his Central Cascades hiking book. We will car pool from LCC and meet Michael in Cottage Grove. From Cottage Grove we will drive up the paved road along Brice Creek, turn on RD 2212 for 6 miles., then another 8.3 miles to Champion Saddle, RD 2460 toward Fairview Peak. Another mile takes you to Bohemia Saddle County Park for the hike to Bohemia Mountain (5,840’ ). Other stops include Bohemia City (a ghost town), a rock garden just below the town with wildflowers, Musick Guard station, Fairfield Peak.

Moderate Bike—Row River Trail—Monday, July 2, 2018
Leader: Betty Grant

Meet at Trailhead Park on Main Street in Cottage Grove (E. Main St. and S. 10th St). Self- arrange carpooling.

Row River Trail bike ride: this is a pleasant out and back 31 mile ride on an old railroad line from Cottage Grove upstream along the Row River. Several historic bridges are viewed and/or crossed along the trail which skirts Dorena Lake and ends at Culp Creek, riding through a mix of wooded and farm stretches. Elevation change is minimal. Several picnic areas along the way provide restrooms and nice lunch options. Trip leader will entertain the possibility of participants lounging over lunch around mile 12 on the reservoir (making it a 25 mile mile round trip) while others complete an additional 3+ miles and return for lunch themselves.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Leader: David Cooper

SOMETHING DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF THE BUTTE TO BUTTE RACE.

The race will make getting to our usual starting place on Martin street difficult at best. This week we will break into two groups. One, lead by Dave Cooper, will start from the Blanton trailhead. Janet Jacobsen will lead the other group starting at the Dillard Road/Baldy parking lot. The route to the top from Dillard is about a mile shorter than from Blanton. Let's assume that the Dillard group goes at a bit slower pace. If both groups leave at 8:30 we might come together at the tie trail junction. Anyone wanting a slower pace from the Blanton start can just sign-in early and get started. Or start from 52nd and wait for the group coming from Blanton. That would keep their distance down to about 5 miles.

Difficult Hike—Yapoah Crater Geology—Saturday, July 7, 2018
Leader: Tom Rundle

This classic Obsidian hike will take us up a short section of the PCT beyond South Mathieu Lake to some excellent views of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. From the top of Yapoah Crater there is an excellent view of recent lava flows and glacial features near North Sister and Collier Cone. Climbing the volcanic cone is optional. On the return loop we will visit North Mathieu Lake, one of the most unusual lakes in the area, partly formed by a lava dam. Each hiker will receive a geologic map of the area. We will almost certainly encounter some large patches of snow. Hiking poles (at least 1) are very helpful in maintaining balance when crossing these snow patches. I highly recommend them. How much snow remains to be seen.

Difficult Hike—Waldo Mountain Loop—Monday, July 9, 2018
Leader: Ben Brown

We will hike to the summit with it's splendid views, and perhaps a late lunch. The descent will be by way of a different trail to Waldo Meadows, then out .5 miles to the Salmon Lakes and Salmon Creek Falls before returning to the cars. The trail through the meadows could be a bit overgrown.

Please note the late start time. My hope is to get the soft late afternoon light during the return hike. For those who desire post hike refreshments, Brewers Union Local in Oakridge is a fine choice.

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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Questions about Summer Trips?
Contact John Cooper - 541-344-8517 - summertrips@obsidians.org

 

 


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