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.

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October
Berley Lks
Amazon Hdwtrs
N Fork Willamette
Sweet Cr/Beaver Cr Fls
Heckletooth Mtn
Carl G. Washburne loop
Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Mt Pisgah, Mushroom Festi
CarCmp Badlands Dry River Canyon

November
Silver Fls
Mt Baldy Sunrise
Amazon Hdwtrs
Ridgeline Tr w/shuttle
Eel Cr
Veterans Day hike

Difficult Hike—Berley Lakes—Monday, October 15, 2018
Leader: Daphne James

We will start this hike at the PCT TH at the Santiam Pass. After 1 mile we will take the Santiam Lake Trail (see note) to Lower Berley, Santiam & Duffy lakes. Three Finger Jack is the star of this hike; expect views along the trail and reflections in the lakes. This is an 11 mile shuttle hike that ends at the Duffy Lake TH.

note: This trail parallels the PCT and I believe it is part of the Oregon Skyline Trail which was constructed in the 1920ies.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Leader: Vern Marsonette

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.

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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Hike—North Fork Willamette—Friday, October 19, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

This trail starts at Westfir and follows along the North Fork of the Willamette River for about 6 miles. At this time of year we may get some good fall color. We will hike the first 2 section and depending on how everyone is feeling we can continues for another mile or so in to the third section of this trail. I plan on doing a car schuttle, so we need atleast 2 cars.

Easy Hike—Sweet Cr/Beaver Cr Falls—Saturday, October 20, 2018
Leader: Tom Rundle

From the Homestead Trail Head we will walk along the catwalk trail to the main falls, stopping several times to enjoy the autumn colors. After returning to the parking area, we will drive another 2.5 miles along Sweet Creek Road to USFS Road 639 and hike 0.1 miles to Beaver Creek Falls. (See Sullivan Coast Hikes #59.) If the weather is good we may, by consensus, continue on to Florence and visit the Sutton Creek wetlands. This would add another 0,4 miles to the hike, and another 32 miles to the driving cost. There will be frequent stops for photography and snacks. You don't have to be in great physical condition to enjoy this easy hike. A weather update will be posted a few days before the hike.

Difficult Hike—Heckletooth Mountain—Saturday, October 20, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith

A few of us did this hike last year and found the Big Leaf and Vine Maple colors were remarkable. It’s a short drive to the trailhead, just out of Oakridge, and the trail is good, with the steep climb coming the last mile or so before Heckletooth. It is a mountain bike trail, and they maintain it, so we need to use caution on the hike.

No stream crossings. The summit is mostly open in Manzanita bushes; there are some open places along the trail, although most of it is in woods.

This is a Leave No Trace hike, and please, no deliberate feeding of wildlife.

Easy Hike—Carl G. Washburne loop—Sunday, October 21, 2018
Leader: Darko Sojak

First 1/3 of the trail is through coastal forest, rest is on the sandy beach.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 6:13 pm and moonrise is at 6:18 pm. We will start hiking at 5:15 so please come in time to check in. I plan to take the main trail to the summit. if you have questions or want to start earlier or later, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net If you don’t have a Lane County pass allow time to purchase one with Debit/Credit card (no cash) at the pay station by trailhead. To buy an annual pass and support the trails, check out the websites for Friends of the Buford Park ($50.00) or Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. ($50.00/$40.00 for seniors).

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Leader: Steve Cordon

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.

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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah & Mushroom Festival—Sunday, October 28, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

The Mt. Pisgah Mushroom show starts at 10:00 so we should not have a problem parking at the North Trailhead where we will start the hike on Trail 3. Mileage is estimate depending on weather and participants. 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. You will need a Lane County Park pass. There is no fee box at this parking lot. I plan to hike on the back trails and eventually make our way down to the mushroom festival where we can view and eat lunch. If you want to attend, the suggested donation fee is $8.00. I recommend that you pay online (easy) and avoid standing in line. http://www.mountpisgaharboretum.com/festivals-events/mushroom-festival-2018/ If questions or if you don't have a Lane County Pass, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net

CarCmp—Badlands Dry River Canyon—Sunday–Tuesday, October 28–30, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Leader: Michael King

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.

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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Hike—Silver Falls—Friday, November 2, 2018
Leader: Denise Bean

We will meet in the parking lot on Q Street and Pioneer Pkwy in Springfield in between Sheri's and Jack in the Box. In addition to the car pooling cost - bring $1 to donate to the parking fee of $5 per car. Trip may be adjusted for stormy weather.

Easy Hike— Mt. Baldy Sunrise—Sunday, November 4, 2018
Leader: Darko Sojak

Early morning special.

Meet at Martin Street Trailhead. ☼ We will leave promptly at 6:10AM.

Sunrise is 6:53 AM.

Trip will be cancelled in case of very bad weather.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith

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.

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. Please call the leader if any questions

NOTE: (1) Leave No Trace is practiced in my hikes. Pick up your own litter and maybe pick up some more. (2) NO feeding of the squirrels on top. This is harmful to the squirrel, and will kill it ultimately. In addition, it creates a nuisance and a bite--need rabies treatment--risk. Finally, the outdoor wildlife are not to be "subdued" to satisfy one's ego. Leave the animals alone, please.

Moderate Hike—Ridgeline Trail w/shuttle—Saturday, November 10, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Description: We will use a car shuttle to facilitate the Ridgeline Trail hike the from Blanton to Spring trailhead. A great way to hike the entire Ridgeline trail. A moderate pace with up and downs. If there are hikers who want to do an out and back doubling the distance, we can facilitate that. Please check if you can drive. Depending on the number of people, I’ll need 1 or 2 "one way" hikers to help me leave car(s) at Spring trailhead before 8:00 and those (either round trip or one way) to help with the 8:00 carpool to Blanton. My email is jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Moderate Hike—Eel Creek—Sunday, November 11, 2018
Leader: Jane Hackett

We will travel on Hwy 38 to Reedsport, with a stop in Elkton to get coffee and at Deans Creek elk reserve where we might get lucky and see elk. We continue passed Reedsport for 15 mile to the trailhead. We will hike across some of the highest dunes on the coast out to the beach where there will be time to beach walk and et lunch. This trip will not be canceled due to weath in Eugene. Frequently the weather is awfull here and great over there. There is a chance that we would have to wade for a short distance if the fall is very rainy. We will return via Florence where each car can decide if they want tot stop for coffee or more.

Easy Hike—Veterans Day hike—Sunday, November 11, 2018
Leader: David Lodeesen

Veterans and non-veterans are encouraged to attend. This will be a moderately paced stroll along the river bank trails for about a 6 mile loop on hard surfaced pathways. We will hike going downriver from the Campbell Senior Center and stop at the Lane Country Veterans Memorial to view the names and pay respect to those local veterans who have given their lives in service to our country. We will continue on and hike the river path all the way up to and cross over on the Owosso footbridge, continue back along the north bank, crossing the Greenway footbridge, and return to the Campbell Senior Center parking lot.

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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