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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:

August
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Obsidian Grand Tour
BkPk Diamond Pk PCT 20lb Chall
Get Acquainted/Ribbon Tr
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Lyle Cherry Orchard Tr
CarCmp Exploring Hood 4th Annual
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
BkPk Hoh Valley to Blue Glacie
The Twins

September
Kayak Kayak Overnight
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Fuji Mtn
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Six Lks Lp
BkPk Three Sisters PCT Section
Pisgah E Side Lp
BkPk Waldo Stargazing Bkpk
Upper Alpine trail hike

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Moonrise is at 8:11 and sunset is 8:23. Full moon is the next day. Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box.. Depending on the temperature, the current plan is to take 7, “shady” 4 and 1. Optional: The shorter route of #7 and #3 to the main trail. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions or need to start earlier. 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.

Difficult Hike—Obsidian Grand Tour—Thursday, August 11, 2022
Leader: Steven Johnson

We'll start at the Obsidian trailhead to follow Scott trail to Four-in-one Cone where we'll head to the top. From there we'll join the PCT and head South past Minnie Scott Springs for a water stop then on to Opie Dilldock Pass with a side trip to Collier Glacier viewpoint for a lunch stop. After lunch we'll continue on the PCT to Glacier Creek Spring where we'll again leave the trail to scramble up to Arrowhead Lake for another break and a refreshing swim. After our swim we'll head down to Sister Springs where we'll catch the PCT again, head past Obsidian Falls, then take the Obsidian Loop trail to the Obsidian trailhead. This is an all day hike so don't plan on getting home early. Some of us plan on stopping at Takoda's restaurant after the hike. Note that the permits for this trail don't come available until August 1st. I'll set the maximum number of participants at 12 for now and adjust if necessary.

Difficult BkPk—Diamond Peak PCT 20lb Challenge—Friday–Monday, August 12–15, 2022
Leader: Russ Davies

Day 1 -Afternoon start at Trapper creek trailhead across from Odell Lake Lodge near Willamette Pass. Hike 5 miles to Diamond View Lake and dinner. Excellent possible group camp site here if conditions warrant. After dinner hike, 2.5 miles to camp at an unnamed lake with a stunning in-your-face view of Diamond Peak. Day 2 – Late start possible if needed. Hike 7 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail with spectacular views all around to camp among a series of alpine tarns off the northeast side of Diamond Peak. Day 3 – Early start. Hike 8 miles taking the new cutoff trail down Yoran Lake passing lovely swimmable lakes and concluding with a refreshing ford of Trapper Creek to TH.

easy Hike—Get Acquainted/Ribbon Trail—Saturday, August 13, 2022
Leader: Dorothy van Winkle

Meet at the Obsidian Lodge to start the hike on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park and back. This is an opportunity to find out about the Obsidians, get acquainted with members, and visit our lodge. This hike through the woods has a few short bursts of steep up and down hill. Members are welcome to sign up to help answer questions. Drive past the Laurelwood Golf Course up 27th St then at the top of the hill turn right onto Spring Blvd, a one lane road. When Spring Blvd ends, turn left onto Central then immediately look for the Obsidians Inc. sign and driveway on your right. Enter the driveway and follow the gravel road to the parking areas and Lodge. The Lodge is hard to find so if you want to view the map, go to the Obsidian home page. http://obsidians.org/lodgemap.htm

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Saturday, August 13, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Check for updates! The Amazon Headwaters Trail is closed during the week for trail improvements but will be open on week ends if trail conditions are safe. It will be interesting to see the progress of the construction. Pace is moderate and/or almost moderate-- possibly we would have two groups. Watch for updates about departure time. If you have time, find out about the construction of retaining walls. www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/htmlpubs/htm07232806/page12.htm

Moderate Hike—Lyle Cherry Orchard Trail—Sunday, August 14, 2022
Leader: Buzz Blumm

This hike is just off Rt. 14 in Washington, and features spectacular views along the way of the Columbia River and Gorge, and surrounding mountains. It’s my favorite of 20 some trails I’ve hiked on both sides of the river – worth the extra mileage. Choice of several neat coffee houses on the way back – in Stevenson, Hood River or Cascade Locks.

Difficult CarCmp—Exploring Hood 4th Annual Camp—Monday–Wednesday, August 15–17, 2022
Leader: Daphne James

We have booked 3 sites at Still Ck campground. Planned Hikes are: Hood Meadows Loop: Newton Ck, Umbrella Falls, Sahalie Falls 9.7 miles 1,400 ft (Wildflowers and waterfalls) Timberline trail: Cloud Cap to Gnarl Ridge 10 miles 2,500 ft (Views) Tamanawas Falls 3.8 miles 500 ft * There could be creek crossings that require caution. Hikes will be at a moderate pace with rest stops. Cost will be $102 divided by number of participants, likely around $12. Plus carpool fees to Hood and to trailheads.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Leader: Tommy Young

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. 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 0.5 miles. Do not turn left on Southpointe Dr. 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Leader: Mike Smith

CHANGE OF LOCATION. DUE TO TRAIL IMPROVEMENT WORK THIS WEDNESDAY HIKE WILL START FROM 52ND ST. TRAILHEAD Flexible start time 7:45 to 8:00 am. For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we used this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. And we are doing it again as work is being done on the segment from Martin Street.This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. Please contact the leader if you have any questions.

Difficult BkPk—Hoh Valley to Blue Glacier—Monday–Friday, August 22–26, 2022
Leader: Becky Lipton

This Olympic National park backpack trip will include lush rainforest, the Hoh River, alpine meadows, lakes, jaw dropping views, and the stunning Blue Glacier, one of the largest glaciers arising from Mount Olympus. We will negotiate one river crossing and several small stream crossings. We will meet at 10:00 am at the Hoh River trailhead on Aug 22. Day 1 backpack 5.2 miles to Happy Four camping area - minimal elevation gain - plus optional day hikes Day 2 backpack 6 miles to Lewis Meadow camping area - little elevation gain Day 3 backpack 4.2 miles to Elk Lake - 1670 ft elevation gain PLUS day hike to Blue Glacier 6 miles Round trip with 1700 ft elev gain Day 4 backpack 12 miles to Tom Creek camping area - 1670 elevation decline Day 5 backpack 3 miles to trailhead - minimal elevation change Overnight plans before or after the trip are for you to plan. All participants must be approved by the trip leader. Please call trip leader to secure your spot on the trip. 541-736-7498 Cost $33 per person for back country camp sites - payment due to me to reserve your spot on the trip and only refundable if someone else takes your place Park entrance fee or Senior Pass - payable when you enter the park Obsidians Club trip fees - $2 for members... $10 for non members - due on Aug 22 Overnight costs before or after the trip - according to whatever arrangements you make for yourself Optional trip extension: I expect to explore more of the park after the backpack trip and am inviting you to stay longer for that. My plan is to either do another shorter backpack trip along the coast and / or stay in a campground and do day hikes. Please let me know if you are interested in extending your stay, too. This part of the trip will be exploratory

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Leader: Tommy Young

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. 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 0.5 miles. Do not turn left on Southpointe Dr. 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

CHANGE OF LOCATION. DUE TO TRAIL IMPROVEMENT WORK THIS WEDNESDAY HIKE WILL START FROM 52ND ST. TRAILHEAD Flexible start time 7:45 to 8:00 am. For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we used this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. And we are doing it again as work is being done on the segment from Martin Street. This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. Please contact the leader if you have any questions. When hike is completed but you still want another 350 ft. elevation gain, hike up to the Blanton summit.

Moderate Hike—The Twins—Sunday, August 28, 2022
Leader: Sue Wolling

This hike rises gently through the forest before arriving at the base of a cinder hill, with a switchback or two to a dazzling view of Waldo Lake and the Cascade peaks. We'll admire the views here, then proceed along the saddle to a lunch spot atop the south Twin summit, with a 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks and lakes. After lunch, there's a short scramble down the sandy/cinder hill (poles might be helpful) to a trail that loops around to join the trail we came in on, and then back to the trailhead.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Leader: Tommy Young

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. 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 05. miles. Do not turn left on Southpointe Dr. 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

CHANGE OF LOCATION. DUE TO TRAIL IMPROVEMENT WORK THIS WEDNESDAY HIKE WILL START FROM 52ND ST. TRAILHEAD Flexible start time 7:45 to 8:00 am. For several years we've done a conditioning hike on Wednesdays from the Martin Street Trailhead to the summit of Spencer Butte. In 2020 we used this route while work was being done on the trail near Fox Hollow. And we are doing it again as work is being done on the segment from Martin Street. This route is a mile shorter with 400' less elevation gain. If the parking lot is full, park on 52nd street on the other side of Willamette Street. Please contact the leader if you have any questions.


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