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About Summer Trips:

Summer Trips include any human-powered ventures into our outdoor environment from April 1st through November 14th. 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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Questions about Summer Trips?   Contact: summertrips@obsidians.org

Summer Trips' GoogleDocs area can be found here. This includes extra documents managed by the Summer Trips committee, such as copies of recent Permit Area Maps.

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.


Upcoming Summer Trips:

October
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pioneer Cemetery Walk
Champoeg State Prk
Cemetery Saunter

November
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pioneer Cemetery Walk
BkPk Salmon River Ramble
Thurston Hills Vista Lp
Bike Row River Tr, whole lengt

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 8:15-8:30. 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. 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. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. 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.

Easy Hike—Pioneer Cemetery Walk—Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Leader: Sheridan Gates

A SECOND TRIP HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 4 AT 1PM. Historian/storyteller Randy Gudeika will lead a 2 mile walk through Pioneer Cemetery, Wednesday October 27, 1 to 3pm. At this historically invaluable site he will tell haunting stories of tragedies, forgotten wars, murder, as well as intriguing Eugeneans. This will be his 16th individual walking tour of old areas of Lane County since 2018. His walks are based on extensive research, are factually true, and entertaining. Meet at the cemetery side of E 18th & Potter, across from Central Lutheran Church this walk is a saunter around the cemetery, not a conditioning hike, and there will be periods of standing and listening so feel free to bring layers to keep warm! You may wish to offer Randy a voluntary honorarium of up to $5 which is what he customarily receives when leading tours for the public.

Moderate Hike—Champoeg State Park—Thursday, October 28, 2021
Leader: Whitney Gould

A long, but flat hike through an area rich with Oregon history. We'll do the eight mile Heritage loop at Champoeg State Park. The first provisional government of Oregon was formed in here in 1843 and it was the site of a small, but once-thriving town that was washed away during the great flood of 1861. What remains is a beautiful park along the Willamette River that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of the time we'll be on a flat bike trail that will take us past Oregon's oldest continuing operating store in Butteville. Optional side trip after the hike to Aurora, 8 miles away. Aurora was a founded as a religious colony in the mid-1800's. It thrived - then collapsed 20 years later. Aurora's now a charming town that's home to the Aurora Colony Museum, bakeries, and antique stores.

Moderate Hike—Cemetery Saunter—Friday, October 29, 2021
Leader: Dorothy van Winkle

Meet at Tugman Park, south Eugene, on Hilyard Street, between 37th and 38th. We will saunter from Tugman Park making our way gradually uphill through the neighborhoods to 46th St and Brae Burn Drive. After several very steep uphill blocks, we will then hike up a short but steep dirt trail through the woods to the back side of the cemetery on Willamette St. We will skirt the cemetery via a dirt path. We will then have several short bursts of very steep up and down hill while we make our way through pedestrian connector pathways through more neighborhoods to get to the cemetery on Crest Dr. Then we will saunter down through the woods on a packed gravel and paved path behind the cemetery and eventually make our way back to Tugman Park through yet another neighborhood. Most of this saunter will be on pavement but keep in mind if it is wet, the steep parts may be slippery and the dirt paths will be muddy. If that is the case, hiking poles are a good idea. The restrooms at Tugman Park are now closed but there is one at Safeway on 40th.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 8:15-8:30. 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. 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. It is a great way to get and stay in shape. If this is your first time on this Obsidian hike and/or if this is the first time you have hiked up Spencer Butte from the lowest elevation, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. Registered guests are welcome. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. (Please scroll down to read all of this trip description.) Everyone is required to CARRY A FACE COVERING and know how to use it properly. More information is available on the website. Look for Covid-19 Protocols. If you are not willing to follow the guidelines, please do not join the group. 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.

Easy Hike—Pioneer Cemetery Walk—Thursday, November 4, 2021
Leader: Sheridan Gates

Historian/storyteller Randy Gudeika will lead a 2 mile walk through Pioneer Cemetery, Wednesday October 27, 1 to 3pm. At this historically invaluable site he will tell haunting stories of tragedies, forgotten wars, murder, as well as intriguing Eugeneans. This will be his 16th individual walking tour of old areas of Lane County since 2018. His walks are based on extensive research, are factually true, and entertaining. Meet at the cemetery side of E 18th & Potter, across from Central Lutheran Church this is a saunter around the cemetery, not a conditioning hike. there will be standing and listening so you may want to bring layers to keep warm. You may wish to offer Randy a voluntary honorarium of up to $5 which is what he typically receives when offering tours to the public. Not required, optional.

Moderate BkPk—Salmon River Ramble—Friday–Sunday, November 5–7, 2021
Leader: Russ Davies

This is a low-elevation late-fall western-cascade river-bottom backpack through enchanting primeval old-growth forest along the pristine Salmon River. The Salmon River itself is precious and rare in that it is an unusual nursery for all native Trout, Steelhead, King, Coho and Silver Salmon. Depart, Friday afternoon, 2.5 hour drive to Salmon River TH near Zigzag OR. Hike upriver approx. 3.5 miles to basecamp. Saturday, day hike the river up-and-back approx. 10 miles through impressive monumental forest passing a half-dozen ethereal wonderous waterfalls. Sunday pack up & hike out.

Moderate Hike—Thurston Hills Vista Loop —Sunday, November 7, 2021
Leader: Denise Bean

North Trail Head parking lot off Main Street in East Springfield. You will see the entrance on the right just past Springfield Memorial Cemetery. There is a brand new loop added off the summit of the existing trail.  It has amazing features and vistas.  It just opened but will not be advertised to the public until next year.  This will be a one-way hike with shuttle.  I will ask three cars to meet me ahead of time at the trail head off Bob Straub and ride with me to the east trail head.  Then we can shuttle the group back. 

Moderate Bike—Row River Trail, whole length—Sunday, November 14, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

We will bike whole lenghth of Row River Trail, starting from Bohemia Park in Cottage Grove, along Dorena Lake to the Culp Creek and back. Good bike path with no traffic. Will stop few times for snack and rest. ➽ Obsidian social distancing safety protocols. Refer to main website page for latest information.


Past Summer Trips:

Reports on Past Trips:    2021  2020  2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001 


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