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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August
Rigdon Lks
Spring Blvd to Spencer Bt
Cape Perpetua
Diamond Pk: PCT, Mt Yoran
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Scott Mtn Lp
Sweet Cr
Waxmyrtle trail, beach
Broken Top Crater Lk/Tam

September
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
CarCmp Waldo Lk Weekend
Bk Pk Mt Thielsen Cr
SOLVE Beach Clean Up
Get Acquainted/Ribbon Tr
Irish Lk to Stormy Lk PC

October
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
CarCmp Green Lks Tr
Crabtree Valley
Four In One Cone
Mckenzie River Tr
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Lookout Cr Tr

November
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt

Moderate Hike—Rigdon Lakes—Saturday, August 17, 2019
Leader: Denise Bean

This is a hike that William Sullivan added back to the top 100 Hikes of the Central Cascades. The trail starts along Waldo Lake and then turns North to venture around the Upper & Lower Ridgon lakes and Lake Kiwa. About 70% of this area burned in 1996 but is coming to life with new young trees now 4-12 feet tall. The treasure of this hike at this time of the year are HUCKLEBERRIES. Hopefully ripe -we will snack along the way. Bring a container to fill at our lunch stop. We will also stop for a swim in Waldo Lake. We should be back to Eugene around 5 PM.

Moderate Hike—Spring Blvd to Spencer Butte—Saturday, August 17, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meeting place is Spring Blvd Trailhead, not so easy to find. You will get to see the culvert that the Obsidians put in a few weeks ago. If you need directions to the trailhead or want me to pick you up at Albertsons on 30th, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net Depending on the weather and the stamina of the group, we may divide into two groups at one of the trail junctions. I If you want a shorter trip, you could opt to meet us at the Dillard East Trailhead.

Moderate Hike—Cape Perpetua—Sunday, August 18, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

We will park at base of Cape Perpetua. We will hike along the Devils Churn and down to the Blow hole. We will cross back under he highway via tunnel and continue back to the trail to a extremely large cedar. The last thing we will do is climb the trail to the top of Perpetua for view. This is a steep trail and the speed will be adjusted to allow for rest breaks it is also short.

Difficult Hike—Diamond Peak: PCT and Mt. Yoran trails—Monday, August 19, 2019
Leader: Steve Adey

If there are enough last minute wait-list people, we could do up to 16 hikers. This would require two additional drivers (in addition to Steve and Joel.) Contact me Sunday if this looks likely. To make this a one-way hike we will do a key exchange and divide into two hiking groups. Joel Greer will lead one group and Steve Adey the other. One group will start at the Vivian Lake trailhead (by Hemlock Butte) on W side of Diamond Peak. They will hike E on the Mt. Yoran Trail, past Divide Lake, and then N on the PCT to the trailhead by Pengra Pass near Odell Lake. See Sullivan #97, Divide Lake and #95, Midnight and Yoran Lakes. The second group will do the reverse, starting at the Pengra Pass PCT trailhead by Odell Lake and hiking S on the PCT and then W past Divide Lake to the Vivian Lake trailhead. Theoretically we will meet in the middle. And find a vehicle at the exit point.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

NOTE: My hikes are leave no trace and do NOT feed the animals. The first is obvious, but sometimes people think throwing apple cores is acceptable. It is not. The second is bad for the animal, giving it food that is not healthy for it, causing obesity and early death, encourages approaching of people, with subsequent biting, is a nuisance to others, and treats wild animals like a petting zoo in which we are in control. Enjoy your snacks, enjoy the hike, and enjoy the animals, as they all are. We are visitors to their home. I know others feed them, but not on my hikes. Obsidians are responsible for picking up litter in the upper part of the trail. We have a couple who are great doing it, but anybody is welcome to help. Maybe consider bringing a plastic bag for anything you see. 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—Scott Mountain Loop—Friday, August 23, 2019
Leader: Denise Bean

Scott Mountain Loop is one of my favorite hikes. We will hike to four lakes; Benson, Tenas, Hand and Scott Lakes. We will have amazing views of cascade peaks from the top of Scott Mt. We hike through old growth forests, meadows, the western edge of a major lava flow and one of the best picture spots for the Three Sisters. Bring your swim suit or water shoes if you would like to take quick dip in Tenas Lake. I plan on lunch on the top of Scott Mountain. Later in the hike there is a great spot for huckleberries (hopefully they will be ripe). We will likely be back in Eugene by 5 PM. This is a long hike with a moderate fast pace due to the distance. If you have questions please call me.

Easy Hike—Sweet Creek—Sunday, August 25, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

Easy beautiful drop and pool Creek with water falls. We may, depending on group choice, include lunch in old town and or a beach walk. Golden age pass will take the place of NW Forest Pass.

Easy Hike—Waxmyrtle trail and beach—Sunday, August 25, 2019
Leader: Darko Sojak

Hiking the trails along Siltcoos River.

Difficult Hike—Broken Top Crater Lake/Tam McAuthur—Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Leader: Daphne James

This hike starts @ Three Creek Lake. We will hike 2.5 miles to the viewpoint on Tam McAurthur Rim then continue along the trail and a user trail 2.2 miles to Broken Hand. We will hike around Broken Hand. This small section of trail is narrow and has drop off on one side, so caution is necessary. Once around Broken Hand we will be able to look down on Broken Top lake nestled in the crater. This lake is sometimes called "No Name Lk". We will be able to hike along the rim for awhile and scramble down a good trail to the lake. It is a long, but very rewarding, day. If weather is clear we will have up close views of the Sisters.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE: My hikes are leave no trace and do not feed the animals. The first is obvious, but sometimes people think throwing apple cores is acceptable. It is not. The second is bad for the animal, encourages approaching of people, with subsequent biting, is a nuisance to others, and treats wild animals like a petting zoo in which we are in control. Enjoy your snacks, enjoy the hik, and enjoy the animals. 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—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Leader: Tom Rundle

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 Martin Street near 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. 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.

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