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

May
Elijah Bristow State Prk
Mt Baldy Sunrise
Masonic Cemetery to Obsid
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt

June
Silver Fls State Prk
Erma Bell Lks
Get Acquainted 1st Ribbon
Get Acquainted 2nd Ribbon
Crescent Mtn
Bike 12 Bridges
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pisgah Sunset/Full Moon
Kayak Fish Lk
Mt June via Lost Cr
Brice Cr
Yachats Beach House
Mary's Pk E Ridge
Erma Bell And Otter Lks
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Marion Mtn
Gordon Meadows To Gordon
Macduff Mtn

July
McKenzie River Tr(Entire)
Wassen Cr/Dark Grove
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Middle Pyramid
Cone Pk to Echo Mt, N Pk
Bk Pk Blacklock Pt Coast
Olallie Mtn
Yapoah Crater Geology
Three Fingered Jack Geolo
Vivian Lk
Florence Barefoot Beach H
Lowder Mtn
Bike Camas Country Schoolhouse
Canyon Cr Meadows

August
Duffy Lk
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Scott Mtn/Benson Lk
Black Crater
The Wife
Goodman Cr
Total Solar Eclipse of 20

Easy Hike—Elijah Bristow State Park—Saturday, May 27, 2017
Leader: Darko Sojak

This easy short hike through nearby State Park is designed especially for our older Obsidian members who would enjoy hitting the trail (no pun intended), but cannot tolerate hills or long hikes. However, anyone is welcome to sign up.

Easy Hike—Mt. Baldy Sunrise—Sunday, May 28, 2017
Leader: Darko Sojak

Early morning special.

Meet at south end of Center Way. We are leaving promptly at 5:00AM.

Sunrise is 5:34AM

Easy Hike—Masonic Cemetery to Obsidian Lodge—Sunday, May 28, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Departure Place 25th and University, Main gate.

We will stroll through the cemetery up to the Obsidian Lodge and on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. I want us back at the cemetery by noon for Taps at the Public Square and a visit inside Hope Abbey for coffee and cake. See the link for more information: http://www.eugenemasoniccemetery.org/memorialday.html

Why not do the sunrise hike with Darko and then do this hike?

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Leader: David Strutin

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead to Fox Hollow, and to the summit of Spencer Butte. It is a steady pace. We start promptly at 9:00 so come a few minutes early to check in. Appropriate clothing for the weather. Currently, parts of trail are muddy.

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. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Moderate Hike—Silver Falls State Park—Thursday, June 1, 2017
Leader: Brad Bennett

I hiked the 9 falls that we will see in March and they are fabulous. When we arrive, we will park near the South Falls Lodge where there are bathrooms and a small café. Within a very short time we will come upon the south falls and will continue to follow the trail clockwise. The trail is a nice walking trail however there are some concrete stairs, some with handrails. There is no drinking water on the trail but near the 3.7-mile mark at the North Falls there is a bathroom.

Drivers will need to buy a $5.00 day use pass. Everybody needs to share in this cost.

Easy Hike—Erma Bell Lakes—Saturday, June 3, 2017
Leader: Joella Ewing

A chain of three small lakes makes up the Erma Bells. Located four miles off the Aufderheide scenic route midway between Westfir and Blue River, we'll enjoy beautiful forest trails, a waterfall spilling from the middle to the lower lake and wildlife such as pica, birds, sometimes lots of frogs croaking, fish jumping and maybe even eagles, &MAYBE MOSQUITOES.

***PLEASE NOTE: Please indicate if you can drive and how many people you can take so we are assured everyone can go.

Easy Hike—Get Acquainted 1st Ribbon Trail Hike—Saturday, June 3, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

The Obsidian Publicity Committee is sponsoring two Get Acquainted hikes on National Trails Day for guests. Meet at the Obsidian Lodge to hike on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. This is an opportunity to find out about the Obsidians, get acquainted with members, and visit our lodge. See the flyer on the home page for directions and map to the lodge.

Drive past the Laurelwood Golf Course, turn right on Spring Blvd, go approx. two blocks. Just after Essex turns left, Spring Blvd dead ends at a private gravel driveway. Turn left and immediately look for the Obsidians Inc. sign and gate(driveway) to your right. Enter the driveway and follow the gravel road to the parking areas and lodge. The lodge is visible from the gate. Call or email the leader if questions, jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Easy Hike—Get Acquainted 2nd Ribbon Trail Hike—Saturday, June 3, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

The Obsidian Publicity Committee is sponsoring two Get Acquainted hikes on National Trails Day for guests. Meet at the Obsidian Lodge to hike on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. This is an opportunity to find out about the Obsidians, get acquainted with members, and visit our lodge. See the flyer on the home page for directions and map to the lodge.

(Drive past the Laurelwood Golf Course, turn right on Spring Blvd, go approx. two blocks. Just after Essex turns left, Spring Blvd dead ends at a private gravel driveway. Turn left and immediately look for the Obsidians Inc. sign and gate(driveway) to your right. Enter the driveway and follow the gravel road to the parking areas and lodge. The lodge is visible from the gate. Call or email the leader if questions, jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Moderate Hike—Crescent Mountain—Sunday, June 4, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is one of my favorite hikes. After descending about 100' over the first mile, the trail climbs steadily through the forest into the upper meadows, which should be full of phlox and other flowers. The summit has an old lookout and looks down over Crescent Lake. On a sunny day, the views are spectacular. We come back the way we came up.

Note:

1. Early season hikes often have blowdowns. Crescent had several the past two years. They take a little longer to negotiate.

2. Be prepared for snow, and check here often. As of the first week of May, up to 6' of snow was over 5000', and Crescent tops out at about 5600'. We may have to go part way, although the upper meadows are getting sun now.

Moderate Bike—12 Bridges—Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meet at Martin St., Eugene. We'll start riding at 9:30am, Obsidian time. The route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7151803 is 26 miles with a few rollers. Make sure that your bike is in working order, tires inflated, chain lubed and you have a spare tube and air pump. We will take a lunch break upon reaching Hideaway Bakery near the end of the ride. In case the weather forecast does not look promising, I will change the date of the ride and let you know.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Leader: Brad Bennett

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead to Fox Hollow, and to the summit of Spencer Butte. It is a steady pace. We start promptly at 9:00 so come a few minutes early to check in. Appropriate clothing for the weather. Currently, parts of trail are muddy.

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. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Sunset/Full Moon Rise—Thursday, June 8, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

Sunset is 8:53 pm

Moonrise is 8:06 pm.

I wanted to do one of these where we had a pre full Moon (by one day) moonrise. We'll have plenty of time to see the nearly full Moon and notice that it looks full even when it is a day shy of being full. This is now 2 1/2 cycles prior to the eclipse!

Easy Kayak—Fish Lake—Saturday, June 10, 2017
Leader: Ellen Sather

Lana Lindstrom will meet/coordinate with kayakers from Eugene. I live near Blue River so you will stop by my place for coffee/bathroom break on the way to Fish Lake. You are welcome to stop by my place for lemonade/iced tea on your way home. we will kayak to the end of the lake and explore side channels. We will raft-up to eat our lunch/snack. There is an outhouse/bathroom at Fish Lake. May need mosquito spray.

Moderate Hike—Mt June via Lost Creek—Sunday, June 11, 2017
Leader: Kathy Randall

This longer route to the summit of Mt. June is a nice early-season conditioning hike, with the bonus of wildflowers and views from the summit. We will plan to eat lunch on the summit.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Leader: Steve Cordon

This is our weekly conditioning hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead to Fox Hollow, and then to the summit of Spencer Butte. Expect a steady pace, though we can accommodate a range of hiker’s paces. We start promptly at 8:15 so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather; some of the trail may be muddy.

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. Please call the leader if any questions. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Moderate Hike—Brice Creek—Thursday, June 15, 2017
Leader: Lyndell Wilken

The hike begins at the Cedar Creek Campground along Brice Creek. The trail follows Brice Creek for 4 miles to the upper trailhead near Champion Creek. The spring run off should make for dramatic water features along the way. A lunch spot will be found on the return trip. At this time trestle falls is closed but if it opens by June 15th there is a possibility we can continue to the falls depending on interest.

Moderate Hike—Yachats Beach House—Friday–Sunday, June 16–18, 2017
Leader: Scott Hovis

We will spend 2 nights in our ocean front beach house in Yachats....There are 3 bedrooms, 2 have a double bed & the 3rd has 2 bunk beds....I am planning a pot luck for Fridays dinner @ 7:00......On Saturday breakfast is on your own & you'll need to pack a lunch for the hike.......Hike is 8 miles along the beach from Waldport to Yachats.....Dinner Saturday night will be at a restaurant in town......Sunday I will cook an egg based breakfast......

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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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Questions about Summer Trips?
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