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

October
Bike Creswell Bakery Lp
Wild Iris Ridge Grand Ope
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Fox Hollow to Baldy
Mt Pisgah (N Trhead)

November
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Mt June via Hardesty Mt,
Veteran's Day Hike
Larison Rk

Easy Bike—Creswell Bakery Loop—Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meeting at Creswell Bakery- 182 S. 2nd St, Creswell (please try and park on 'D' St). We will depart at 9:30 am Obsidian time meandering rural roads in and out of Creswell. After completing the ride there is an optional lunch together at the Bakery. Here is the route for your review:https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23460891

Easy Hike—Wild Iris Ridge Grand Opening—Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meeting Place: Bailey View Drive on street parking where it dead ends into the park. The meeting place is not easy to find so get google map. Help officially welcome Eugene’s newest addition to the Ridgeline Trail system. A recently completed 1.3 mile shared use trail opens up the new 250 acre Wild Iris Ridge Park in Southwest Eugene. Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis will officially open the trail at 11:00 am. Refreshments . Guests are invited to explore the park on their own or take a guided tour. We will probably explore on our own with a walk down and back up on the new trail. and more. No trip fee.

If anyone is interested in meeting earlier to explore the upper trails before the ceremony, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Leader: David Lodeesen

***NOTE THE 9:00 AM START TIME***

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. Call the leader if you have questions.

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.

After the hike, join us at the Hideaway Bakery for coffee and/or lunch.

Easy Hike—Fox Hollow to Baldy—Sunday, October 29, 2017
Leader: David Cooper

A section of the Ridgeline Trail system that isn’t as heavily used as the parts nearer Spencer Butte. It also offers alternate paths so it is not a straight out and back. Our pace will be moderate.

We’ll meet at the Ridgeline Trail parking lot on Fox Hollow. It’s across the road from the Cascade Raptor Center.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah (North Trailhead)—Sunday, October 29, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Note the departure time. The Mt. Pisgah Mushroom show starts at 10:00 so hopefully we won’t have a problem parking at the NorthTrailhead where we will start the hike on Trail 3. Directions to North Trailhead: Instead of turning right to the usual meeting place at yellow fee box, turn left after crossing the bridge spanning the Coast Fork of the Willamette River and proceed a 1/4 mile to a gravel parking area. A sign kiosk indicates the North Trailhead. I plan to hike on the back trails and eventually make our way down to the mushroom festival. If you want to attend, the suggested donation fee is $8.00. You can pay online and avoid standing in line. http://www.mountpisgaharboretum.com/festivals-events/2017-mushroom-festival/

The hike could take 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. Email me if questions: jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is our weekly conditioning 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. Call the leader if you have questions.

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.

90 years ago November 3, 1927 was the first meeting of the Eugene Outdoor Club later called the Obsidians. One of the first "walks" listed on the schedule was all day trip to Spencer's Butte on January 8, 1928.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Friday, November 3, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Turn right at the sign for West Summit Trailhead. If you don’t have a Lane County permit, allow time to purchase one at the pay station by trailhead. Depending on weather, I plan to take Trail 7 & 3 to the main trail. Moonrise is 6:00 and sunset is 6:37.

90 years ago November 3, 1927 was the first meeting of the Eugene Outdoor Club later called the Obsidians. One of the first "walks" listed on the schedule was all day trip to Spencer's Butte on January 8, 1928.

Difficult Hike—Mt. June via Hardesty Mt. and return —Saturday, November 4, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a hike I’ve considered doing for a long time. It is Mt. Hardesty to just below the summit and taking the Sawtooth Ridge Trail by Sawtooth Rock over and up Mt. June. From there, it is back to Hardesty, to the summit and then back down. No, I am not doing Eula Ridge and Willamette Trail with this, although it crossed my mind. Be prepared for weather, but if there is significant rain or a low snow level (below 4000’) the hike will either be canceled or shortened to do Hardesty, which is still difficult enough. No Hardesty hike has a fast pace, but it will be important to keep moving steadily given the short daylight hours. If it is important for someone to do 20 miles, we can arrange that at the end by having that person walk part way up Goodman Creek Rd. Not sure where lunch will be; a lot depends upon the group and the weather.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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. Call the leader if you have questions.

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—Veteran's Day Hike—Friday, November 10, 2017
Leader: David Lodeesen

Departs from the Owen Rose Garden parking lot (where N. Jefferson ends at the south bank of the Willamette River).

This hike is dedicated to all veterans on their national day of recognition. All veterans are encouraged to participate as well as anyone else who would like to join us. We will hike the south bank path going East and pause at the Veterans War Memorial to read and remember the names of those Lane County veterans who gave their lives in past and current wars. We'll continue on the path and cross over the river at the Autzen footbridge. There, we'll head back West through Alton Baker Park where we will find a place to stop and have a snack. We'll cross the DeFazio footbridge and return to our starting point. The pace will be leisurely to encourage talking and getting to know those we may not know.

Difficult Hike—Larison Rock—Sunday, November 12, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a close in trip to Eugene climbs steadily 2400 feet up to Larison Rock, which is at 3700 feet. The trail is in deep woods traversing an area that was burned by the Deception Complex fire, but not badly. We will climb to the rock, have lunch and then return the way we came. The rock formation is interesting and has views to the south.

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

 

 


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