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
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Bike Weyerhauser Road Lp
Wild Iris Ridge
Bike Ankeny Wildlife Refuge
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

In response to Covid-19 a number of changes have been as we restart hikes on a limited, trial basis. All hikes are limited to a 10 person max, members only, and no fees are being collected. Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to carry a face covering and know how to us it properly. Carry hand sanitizer. More information is available on the website. 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 the woods. The flowers are great. IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING WITHIN 8 FEET OF ANOTHER PERSON, YOU MUST MASK UP. WHY? You are in their slipstream, people may change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. WHEN CAN YOU LEAVE THE MASK OFF? IF YOU CAN SEE UP THE TRAIL AND NOBODY IS COMING YOUR WAY. YOU ARE MORE THAN 10 FEET BEHIND SOMEBODY YOU ARE FOLLOWING. AT THE TOP, WHEN YOU ARE EATING AND DRINKING, AND PLEASE DO THAT AWAY FROM OTHERS. PLEASE DO NOT CONGREGATE WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE ON THE TRAIL, UNLESS YOU ARE 6' APART. SAME GOES FOR THE TOP. THERE ARE A WIDE VARIETY OF RESPONSES TO COVID AMONG OBSIDIANS, ALMOST ALL OF WHOM ARE AT UPWARDS OF 8% RISK FOR DEATH IF THEY GET COVID. PLEASE RESPECT THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS. IT IS NOT A JOKE, MASKS ARE A SIGN OF RESPECT AND ARE TO SOME EXTENT PROTECTIVE OF YOURSELF AS WELL. THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS. 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

In response to Covid-19 a number of changes have been as we restart hikes on a limited, trial basis. All hikes are limited to a 10 person max, members only, and no fees are being collected. Social distancing will be maintained. Everyone is required to carry a face covering and know how to us it properly. Carry hand sanitizer. More information is available on the website. 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 the woods. The flowers are great. IF YOU ARE FOLLOWING WITHIN 8 FEET OF ANOTHER PERSON, YOU MUST MASK UP. WHY? You are in their slipstream, people change their pace and suddenly you're too close. PLEASE DO THIS. WHEN CAN YOU LEAVE THE MASK OFF? IF YOU CAN SEE UP THE TRAIL AND NOBODY IS COMING YOUR WAY. YOU ARE MORE THAN 10 FEET BEHIND SOMEBODY YOU ARE FOLLOWING. AT THE TOP, WHEN YOU ARE EATING AND DRINKING, AND PLEASE DO THAT AWAY FROM OTHERS. PLEASE DO NOT CONGREGATE WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE ON THE TRAIL, UNLESS YOU ARE 6' APART. SAME GOES FOR THE TOP. THERE ARE A WIDE VARIETY OF RESPONSES TO COVID AMONG OBSIDIANS, ALMOST ALL OF WHOM ARE AT UPWARDS OF 8% RISK FOR DEATH IF THEY GET COVID. PLEASE RESPECT THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS. IT IS NOT A JOKE, MASKS ARE A SIGN OF RESPECT AND ARE TO SOME EXTENT PROTECTIVE OF YOURSELF AS WELL. THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THIS. 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.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Friday, June 5, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is not the usual short sunset hike. Look for us by my car, two (not one) rows down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:52pm and moonrise is 9:07. We will take Trail 17 to Trail 4 and then go up and up Trail 2 on the east side—around a 2 hour hike to the top at a a steady pace. Before the hike, please read Protocols for trial urban hikes on the website. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Friday, June 5, 2020
Leader: Lisa Van Liefde

Meet at the North Parking lot (turn left after crossing the bridge) trail head sign. Sunset is 8:52pm and moonrise is 9:07. We will take Trail 3 to Trail 4 and then go up Trail 1 to the Summit. When we come down we can take Trail 1 to Trail 3 and the follow Trail 7 back to our cars. Before the hike, please read Covid Protocols for trial urban hikes on the website. Per Obsidian guidelines, hike is for members only.

Easy Bike—Weyerhauser Road Loop—Saturday, June 6, 2020
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meet at 4th & A streets in Springfield. We'll ride the paths around Clearwater, Weyerhauser Road and Jasper.Make sure your bike is healthy. Have a spare tube, pump, helmet, rain gear, layers, water.

Easy Hike—Wild Iris Ridge—Sunday, June 7, 2020
Leader: Jane Hackett

We will meet at Target just so the group is together. We will then continue on to parking area in our separate cars. We will not be parking at trailhead because of the number of cars and the TH parking area is very small. We will be parking at the elementary school close by and walking from there. We should be able to enjoy wildflowers and a good view of the coast range weather permitting. All new hiking policies will be active. Call with any questions.

Easy Bike—Ankeny Wildlife Refuge—Saturday, June 13, 2020
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meet-up location: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge(no carpooling except with members of your household). **Depart Eugene at 8:30 am. We'll begin by riding the paths around the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge, then take the ferry across the Willamette River(cost $1 for each person). Stop in Independence for lunch(that you pack) and return to the Refuge. Make sure your bike is healthy. Have a spare tube, pump, helmet, rain gear, layers, water.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice—Saturday, June 20, 2020
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is not my usual sunset hike. The parking lot will be crowded. Look for us by my car, a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:58pm.. Our goal is to view the rays of the sunset shining through the Mt. Pisgah Sighting Pedestal. We will probably take Trail 17 to Trail 4 and hook with Trail 2 so that we go up east side. For more about the pedestal, see the sculptor's website, Peter Helzer. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have 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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Questions about Summer Trips?
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