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
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Trans Crescent Mt w/Car
Iron Mtn Wildflowers
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Pisgah Solstice
Horse Rk
Yapoah Crater
Tire Mtn
Patterson Mtn
Get Acquainted/ Ribbon Tr
Bk Pk Blacklock Pt
Cape Perpetua
Bachelor Mt via Bugaboo R

July
Olallie Mtn
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Substitute Pt
Tidbits Mtn
Horsepasture Mtn
Beverly Beach
Opie Dilldock
The Wife via SW Ridge
Obsidian Lp counterclockw
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Annual Beach Barefoot
Scott Mtn/Benson Lk

August
Bk Pk Belknap Crater Stargazing
Get Acquainted/Ribbon Tr
Dorris/Clearwater evening
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
CarCmp Mount Hood Car Camp
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise

September
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise —Sunday, June 16, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 8:57pm and moonrise is 8:31pm. (Full moon is the next day) I plan to take trail 17 and 4 to catch the main trail to the summit. We will take the main trail (#1) back to the parking lot. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions.

Difficult Hike—Trans Crescent Mt. w/Car Shuttle—Sunday, June 16, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

W This is a chance to hike across the top of Crescent Mountain from the south and end up at the north trailhead, by S. Pyramid Creek. It is an interesting hike with initially descending 150’ over the first mile to Maude Creek, then climbing significantly to the meadows, where the wildflowers should be great. There is always a chance of blowdowns, but this mountain has been worked a little (by me) and a lot (by a couple out of Sisters). Lunch will be on top, with views from Mt. Adams to Diamond Peak. We will then descend on the north side, through woods, with some up and down, past an open area with good views of Jefferson and Three-fingered Jack, down to a nice creek and up to the cars. The shuttle is just over 9 miles back to the south trailhead. It can qualify for a moderate hike on the basis of distance, but the climb out of Maude Creek is significant although the trail is good. If there are crowds on the south side….well, there probably will be fewer on the north, judging by what I saw. The hike needs 3 cars for 8 people and 4 for any more up to 11, which is the maximum. NOTE: if there aren't four cars, we can only take 8. If there are only two cars, we can only take 5.

Moderate Hike—Iron Mountain Wildflowers—Sunday, June 16, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

Wild flowers may be a bit delayed this year due to heavy snow pack. I will get reports a few days early for snow pack and weather. If there is a heavy snow pack, or nasty weather, I may decide to reschedule for the following week. We will hike at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for water, snacks and photography.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE TO 8 AM----If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace. —not like the other hikes on our schedule. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org.Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. A great way to get and stay in shape. Registered guests are welcome. 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—Mt. Pisgah Solstice —Friday, June 21, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

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. 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. For more about the pedestal, see the sculptor's website, Peter Helzer. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions

Moderate Hike—Horse Rock—Friday, June 21, 2019
Leader: Vern Marsonette

Horse Rock Trail upper end with extension of 1 mile on service road to second transmission tower to overlook Coburg and valley from top of Coburg Hills. Scouted last week. some Poison Oak in area, and lots of varieties of wild flowers and wild strawberries. Listed hike as moderate due to some step areas with loose gravel ,poles advised. Lunch stop at top and return on same trail. Meet behind McDonalds on 58 th to car pool. This is the upper end of Bill Sullivans Shotgun Creek & Horse Rock as listed in his book. This will be a leisure hike with stops to enjoy the flowers and pick and eat some wild strawberries

Difficult Hike—Yapoah Crater—Saturday, June 22, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

This classic Obsidian hike will take us up a short section of the PCT to South Mathieu Lake and some excellent views of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. From the top of Yapoah Crater there is an amazing 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, an unusual lake, partly formed by a lava dam. There will likely be some long patches of snow on the PCT. Gaiters, trekking poles and water resistant footware are highly recommended. BE PREPARED FOR MOSQUITOES ON THE FIRST 1.5 MILES FROM THE TRAIL HEAD.

Moderate Hike—Tire Mountain—Saturday, June 22, 2019
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

There are profusions of various wildflowers on this hike and some views too. We will stop and admire them. We will not go to the top as described in Sullivan's book - there is no view there. Instead, we'll have lunch in the meadows where it is considerably more interesting and beauteous. There is a steep drop off along part of the trail, so you may want to bring hiking poles.

Easy Hike—Patterson Mountain—Sunday, June 23, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

Great hike through old growth. Passes forest service shelter on the way to the top with a view of the Willamette drainage. Wild flowers got a late start this year so we could have a good show.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE TO 8 AM---If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace. —not like the other hikes on our schedule. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. A great way to get and stay in shape. Registered guests are welcome. 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.

Easy Hike—Get Acquainted/ Ribbon Trail—Friday, June 28, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meet at the Obsidian Lodge to start the 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. The Lodge is hard to find so I suggest you get directions and map from Obsidian home page Drive past the Laurelwood Golf Course, turn right on Spring Blvd, a one lane road. Spring Blvd deadheads, 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. Members are welcome to sign up to help answer questions.

Moderate Bk Pk—Blacklock Point—Friday–Sunday, June 28–30, 2019
Leader: Scott Hovis

2.5 mi in/out full gear, Sat day hike 7 mi.

Moderate Hike—Cape Perpetua—Friday, June 28, 2019
Leader: Judy Giers

This is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in the Cape Perpetua scenic area.near Yachats, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. We'll pass through spruce forests with views towards the Pacific then ascend Gwynn Creek and return via Cook's Ridge. We’ll have lunch on the trail.

Moderate Hike—Bachelor Mt. via Bugaboo Ridge—Sunday, June 30, 2019
Leader: Daphne James

Wildflowers, rock gardens, views of Mt. Jeff, and the cascade range...what more can I say. Climb gradually to a ridge with wildflower meadows then join the Bachelor Mt. trail and scramble up rock 500 ft in .7 miles to the summit.

Moderate Hike—Olallie Mountain—Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Leader: Steven Johnson

This is a great hike through some giant fir trees to an old fire lookout with spectacular views of the cascades. This involves about 23 miles total of driving on gravel road number 1993. The trail itself is clear of obstructions all the way to the summit.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. It is a conditioning hike where everyone is challenging themselves to go at a moderate or fast pace. —not like the other hikes on our schedule. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Every Wednesday we do this hike from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. Compared to starting at the paved Spencer Butte parking lot, this hike has double the climbing and three times the distance. A great way to get and stay in shape. Registered guests are welcome. 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 Hike—Substitute Point—Saturday, July 6, 2019
Leader: Steven Johnson

A fire in 2017 has opened up the trail and views making this hike a different experience than before however the view of the Three Sisters from the rocky summit is still very rewarding. We'll start at the Foley Ridge trailhead and have lunch on the 6300 foot summit then return back on the same trail.

Moderate Hike—Tidbits Mountain—Sunday, July 7, 2019
Leader: Denise Bean

The tidbits mountain trail winds through old growth forest and amazing vistas. At the top are the cornerstones of an old fire lookout. The views of the surrounding hills and mountains are stunning. The best part is it’s above Blue River Reservoir so not a long drive. Drivers be aware that there is 8 miles of gravel road. I checked the road out and it had been graded and graveled last year or so has only a few potholes.

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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Contact John Cooper - 541-344-8517 - summertrips@obsidians.org