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
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Oak Cr to McCulloch Pk
Proxy Fls, Linton Lk
Mt Pisgah, Mushroom Festi
Halloween Cemeteries Walk

November
Obsidian Lp
Blanton Heights to Spence
UO Fossil Collection
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Veterans Day Hike
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Blanton Ridge

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

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.

Moderate Hike—Oak Creek to McCulloch Peak—Saturday, October 26, 2019
Leader: Darko Sojak

A classic McDonald Forest steep hills route with fall colors and rewarding views at the top. From the top of McCulloch Peak (highest point in the McDonald Dunn Forest) are great views to Pacific Ocean, Mary’s Peak, the Southern Willamette Valley and the Cascades. ► Meet at Albertsons parking lot, closest to Burger King, Santa Clara 97404. Let's consolidate and carpool in least number of cars.

Moderate Hike—Proxy Falls and Linton Lake—Saturday, October 26, 2019
Leader: Denise Bean

This should be a beautiful hike in the forest with the fall leaves changing. We will first start at proxy Falls and then drive to the Linton lake trail head. Not sure if we will bushwhack up to Linton Falls or just see the lake. The group can decide.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah & Mushroom Festival—Sunday, October 27, 2019
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 an estimate depending on weather and participants. Some may choose to depart for the festival at various intersections. 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 to the top 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 $10.00 I recommend that you pay online (easy) if it is available. mountpisgaharboretum.com/festivals-events/mushroom-festival-2019/

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Leader: Michael King

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.

Moderate Hike—Halloween Cemeteries Walk—Thursday, October 31, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

We will try to duplicate most of the stops in this 2006 trip report. We began at the Amazon parking lot and headed south. We veered off to the west to head up a “secret” path that wound up to our first cemetery where we had beautiful views to the north of Eugene dressed in its Fall glory. Upon hiking to the other side of the cemetery, we went by another “secret” path that took us past an inquisitive goat before we got to a street to that led us up the hill then down to our second cemetery. This time we had a great view of the east hills as we hiked down to Willamette Street. We crossed Willamette and headed east before turning north to the third cemetery. We paused for a brief lunch on a very cold bench as we ate among the tomb stones. After lunch we continued north to the campus cemetery before heading back to parking lot. It was a beautiful sunny Fall walk. —Janet Hall, leader. Perhaps by Halloween, I will have found the route with the secret paths at located and perhaps they lead to Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mulkey Cemetery.

Difficult Hike—Obsidian Loop—Saturday, November 2, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

Last Call High Cascades: NOTE TIME. We will go counterclockwise if there are views, because the upper parts of the trail with views are northbound. If it is foggy, we will go clockwise, since it won’t matter. There is a significant likelihood the hike may be canceled due to snow, road closure, or significant rain on hike day. Please bring warm weather gear, including warm hat, gloves, gaiters, and decent rain gear and boots. Walking poles are not a bad idea given the possibility of snow on the trail. Most see this trail in sunshine with wildflowers; seeing it in snow and fog is also nice. I’d like to finish no later than 3 given the early sunset. NOTE: Daylight savings time ends that night, so there is NO time change for this. It is not a home football weekend, either.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Heights to Spencer Butte—Sunday, November 3, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

This hike to the top of Spencer Butte takes the less traveled route from Blanton Road. We'll cross Blanton Ridge before continuing on from the 52nd and Willamette trailhead. This option provides a good in town workout.. If the weather doesn't co-operate we can forgo the exposed rocky steps near the top. Shorter options might be considered. To get to the trailhead from 29th & Willamette continue south on Willamette. At Willamette/Donald St Intersection bear right on Willamette. Immediately bear right again on to Crest Drive. Follow signs staying on Crest for approximately 1.2 miles to the Junction with Blanton Road. Turn left on Blanton. The trial head is on your left in about ½ mile. Another way to get to the Blanton trailhead is to go south on Chambers until it ends at Crest Drive. Turn left on to Crest. In about ½ mile turn right on Blanton Road.

Easy Hike—UO Fossil Collection —Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

We will meet in Alton Baker Park by the restrooms, tour the Nobel Peace prize exhibit and then see a few of the Talking Stones on our walk to the UO. The focus of this trip is the Museum of Natural and Cultural History Condon Collection of Fossils. We will visit the lab where fossil collections from the field are analyzed and identified and also see the vault where rare fossils of ancient plants and animals of Oregon are stored. There are huge mastodon teeth as well as imprints of palm trees and tree ferns. Professor Greg Retallack will lead the museum tour. We will be joined by some Native Plant Society members.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 6, 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.

Easy Hike—Veterans Day Hike—Monday, November 11, 2019
Leader: David Lodeesen

This hike is open to veterans and non-veterans so come on out and show your support for those who have served our country. We will take a moment to recognize any veterans who will be hiking with us. We will hike the river trail going west, cross the Greenway foot bridge to the Valley River Mall side, then continue west & north and cross the Owasso foot bridge, and continue back to the starting point. We will stop briefly at the Lane County Veterans Memorial to pay our respects to those local veterans who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. The hiking path is paved so this hike will happen regardless of the weather conditions. The hike should take between 2.5 to 3 hours to complete while hiking at a moderate pace.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Monday, November 11, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 5:33 and the moonrise is 5:19. 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.

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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