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

April
SOLVE Beach Clean Up
Hardesty Lp (Double Black
Mt Pisgah Trs
Finley Wildlife Refuge
Wild Iris Ridge-New Tr
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Present Backpacker's Rendezvous
Winberry Divide Tr
Ridgeline Tr
Yoakam Pt to Simpson Reef
Mt Pisgah Full Moon /Suns
Present Leader Training, Appreci
Delta Ponds
Rooster Rk
Bike Ankeny Wildlife Refuge
Threemile Lk
Spencer Bt Conditioning
Andrew Reasoner Wildlife
Sweet Cr Fls
Sawtooth Rk via Lost Cr
Marys Pk(N Side)
Yachats to Walport

May
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
CarCmp Hart Mtn( Exploratory)
Kayak Coyote Cr
Mt Pisgah Full Moon
Alder Dune to Pacific Oce
Bike Scio Covered Bridges
River Walk(both sides)
Heceta Hd Geology
Horse Rk Geology
Tahkenitch Cr Exploratory
Whole McKenzie River Tr
Iron Mtn

June
Silver Fls State Prk
Crescent Mtn
Bike 12 Bridges
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt June via Lost Cr
Marys Pk
Erma Bell And Otter Lks
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Gordon Lks to Gordon Mead

Easy Hike—SOLVE Beach Clean Up—Saturday, April 1, 2017
Leader: Darko Sojak

As every year we will participate in SOLVE spring beach cleanup. This spring we will clean Florence’s South Jetty 10AM~ 1PM

This event is part of the annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, a statewide effort to keep our beaches healthy and reduce the impacts to marine life. SOLVE will provide bags and gloves. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own bags for litter pickup.

On the way back we will stop in Florence for lunch.

Difficult Hike—Hardesty Loop (Double Black Diamond)—Saturday, April 1, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE: BE PREPARED FOR SIGNIFICANT MUD ON THIS HIKE, WHICH HARDESTY TRAIL IS KNOWN FOR EVEN IN DRY TIMES. ADD GAITERS TO THE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED LIST. This is a difficult but rewarding conditioning hike. If there are a lot of blowdowns or snow we may reroute this to an up and down Hardesty Hike, which is still difficult at 11 miles and 3300 vertical. I plan to go up to the summit, go back down to the junction and descend the very steep Eula Ridge. Once we reach the junction with the Willamette Trail, we return by the lower elevation 5.2 mile trail. That part is not flat; there is a lot of up and down and minimum of 1000' elevation gain and loss. The loop is raced every year; we aren't racing, but we will move along. Be prepared for mud at the lower elevation of Hardesty Trail, some snow at the top, and do not expect to speed up on the downhill part of Eula Ridge. I've done it both ways, once in hot weather, which wasn't fun. We shouldn't have that problem. If we can make it to the top of Hardesty, but there have been a lot of blowdowns, I may choose to just go back down the way we came.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Trails—Saturday, April 1, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Turn right at the sign for West Summit Trailhead. Note departure time at 8:30 so that we are back to the cars before noon. Last week it took 2 1/2 hours to get to the summit. I'll adjust the route so that we will be back at the cars at 11:30. It will be a steady pace.

We will walk along river/road to north trailhead to take 3 - 4 - 46 – 2 (steep) to summit.

Although this is not a flower hike, you will see snow queen, spring beauty, a few trillium, fawn lily and hound's tongue.

We will leave promptly at 8:30 so come early enough if need to use the facilities and/or buy a parking pass.

Easy Hike—Finley Wildlife Refuge—Sunday, April 2, 2017
Leader: Jane Hackett

This a good time of year to catch birds before they migrate north and to see some of the early arrivers flying up from the south. We will be on gravel paths and boardwalks out to blinds. Lunch will be around headquarters where there are tables and bathrooms. We will leave this area to hike some loop trails through the woods and past a large pond.

Easy Hike—Wild Iris Ridge-New Trail—Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Leader: David Cooper

The Wild Iris Ridge Park has a new trail which provides access from Bailey Hill Road. The December ice storm delayed completion ot the trail and we still might find one short muddy section. I think it will be easiest to meet at Target and car pool over because the trailhead parking is limited. After a short walk in on an access road, the trail climbs steadily through oak woodlands. Almost all of the climbing is in this first mile. Then we'll swing around on a loop of a grassy old road and eventually meet our original path and head to the trailhead. Wild Iris Ridge is actually part of the Ridgeline system but for now, without the heavy use other parts receive.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Headwaters/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street up to Spencer Butte. It is a steady pace with perhaps one stop. We start promptly 9:00 so come a few minutes early to check in.

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.

Present—Backpacker's Rendezvous—Friday, April 7, 2017
Leader: Mark Hougardy

Moderate Hike—Winberry Divide Trail—Saturday, April 8, 2017
Leader: David Cooper

Kind of a deceptive hike if you only look and the starting and ending elevations. But there's plenty of up and down on this trail. Although there's no ultimate view point, the trail is beautiful and there are no crowds. While a lot of people might be on the trails out of the Hardesty parking lot, the northern side of Lookout Point Reservoir is easily overlooked. (Ok, maybe that's because it takes twice as long to get to our trailhead.) Carla and I scouted this on March 12, the first sunny in awhile, and were alone on the trail.

Moderate Hike—Ridgeline Trail—Saturday, April 8, 2017
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

This is a car shuttle so that one can hike the entire Ridgeline trail from Blanton to Spring. The wildflowers should be abundant. I’ll need two drivers to leave cars at Spring Trailhead at 8:30. (Lana and I can do that).

Please indicate if you can drive to Blanton and if you can take 3 or 4 passengers. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you can help with the shuttle at 8:30.

Moderate Hike—Yoakam Point to Simpson Reef—Sunday, April 9, 2017
Leader: Darko Sojak

This is a special four State parks (Yoakam Point SP, Sunset Bay SP, Shore Acres SP and Cape Arago SP) shuttle hike, with a resident hiker who will guide us through. This big loop is wonderful way to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Full Moon /Sunset—Monday, April 10, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

Full Moon from Mt. Pisgah, April 10, 2017

Moonrise 1930 (7:30 pm)

Sunset 1951 (7:51 pm)

Leave the parking lot at 6:30 pm. Trail 2 to 7 to 4 to 1 to the top..

Present— Leader Training and Appreciation Night—Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Leader: John Cooper

Leaders one and all and those who are thinking of leading are all invited to the Leader Training and Appreciation Night. The over all theme of this year's meeting is Stay Safe: Decision Making and Hindsight. Dave Strutin will give an introduction to this topic. The revised leader packet will be passed out and discussed. There will be pizza and salad served and a raffle will be held. New leaders are encouraged to come at 5:30 to meet with Mike Smith and John Jacobsen who will go over online sign up and to answer questions. Pizza and Salad will be served at 6:15 followed by the presentations and raffle. We are asking that leaders sign up online so we will know how much pizza to order. See you there. Thanks,John Cooper Summer Trips

Easy Hike—Delta Ponds—Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Leader: Anne Montgomery

DEPARTS North End Green Way Bridge in the Valley River Parking Lot. This will be a leisurely hiking and birding trip around Delta Ponds. We should see a variety of waterfowl besides song birds and others. Last year there was a great blue heron rookery in the tall trees along Delta Highway that can be viewed from our hike. I am hoping the herons will be nesting there again this year.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Headwaters/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a Wednesday morning conditioning hike up Spencer Butte.

Difficult Hike—Rooster Rock—Saturday, April 15, 2017
Leader: Mike Smith

Annual Rooster Rock hike east of Sweet Home NOT the one in Portland. This is not a long hike but is steady uphill to the junction of the old trail. From there to the top it climbs 750' in a half mile, which makes it rank difficult. From the top, there is a view east looking down on US 20. It's a nice lunch spot, and Rooster Rock, where the lookout once stood, is interesting. We will be in the Menagerie Wilderness. While there is a trail further beyond, it is not worth hiking, although depending upon the group and time, we could consider doing it. Stop in Cascadia Park for bathroom break on the way there. One big blowdown up the trail which is easy for small people (go under) and large people (go over). Those of us midsize have to shed the pack and go under.

Moderate Bike—Ankeny Wildlife Refuge—Sunday, April 16, 2017
Leader: Richard Hughes

We'll depart Ankeny Wildlife Refuge at 9:30am, Obsidian time. You'll need to leave Eugene-Springfield between 8-8:15. I will send directions to the AWR in a separate email to those that sign-up. The bike route 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. In addition to the $1 or 5 trip charge, you'll need $1 for the ferry. We will take a lunch break upon reaching the City of Independence, so bring your lunch, snacks and water. In case the weather forecast does not look promising, I will change the date of the ride and let you know.

Moderate Hike—Threemile Lake—Sunday, April 16, 2017
Leader: Jane Hackett

This hike includes time on the beach and time in the woods. We will be hiking for a short period in the dunes. This is Snowy Plover nesting time so part of the beach will be roped off to preserve their nesting sites.

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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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