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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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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:

May
Pisgah Native Plant Nurse
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
BkPk Blacklock Pt
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
52nd Street/Spencer Bt
Sawtooth trail to Mt Hard
CarCmp O.C.T: BakerBeach to N Je
Cloverpatch Tr
Sweet Cr Fls
Three Mile Lk
E2C Alpine Tr Mid-section
Brice Cr
Bike E2C Day Island-Jasper
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
E2C Tire Mtn
Finley Wildlife Refuge
Sutton Cr / Darko’s Hidde
Masonic Cemetery to Obsid

June
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Baldy / Fox Hollow
CarCmp Yachats beach house weeke
Bt Cr Fls
CarCmp Steens Mtn
Newport Bayfront/Beach Hi
Wild Iris Ridge w/added l
U of O Campus Walk
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Belknap Crater
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Macduff Mtn
Mt Pisgah

July
Horsepasture Mtn
WrkPrty Berry Cr, beach, cleanup
Olallie Mtn
3 fingered Jack Lp
Fox Hollow to Spencer Bt
Oregon Dunes
Chambers Lk
Annual Beach Barefoot Hik

August
CarCmp Exploring Mt Hood hike/c

Easy Hike—Pisgah Native Plant Nursery—Monday, May 10, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Long time volunteer of Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery, Dave Predeek will give a tour of the three acres nursery, see70 plus plants many of which will be in bloom and work in progress. There will be a short walk to see the original nursery and other and other plantings before we go to the nursery. Expect 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Meet at the North Trailhead: Turn left onto Frank Parrish Road after crossing the Coast Fork Willamette River. Drive 0.3 miles, and turn left into the large parking area. Back in 1997 botanist and Obsidian Dave Predeek joined the board of Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and started looking around for a specific way of contributing. He didn’t have to look far before noticing that invasive plants, especially blackberries and Scotch broom, were taking over large areas of the park’s hillsides. The oak savanna habitat of the park, once common in the Willamette Valley, is now a rare and precious resource and Dave resolved to begin an effort to protect and restore it. He started the Monday Morning Regulars to remove blackberries and more. Read more in the May 2005 Bulletin.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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. 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.

Moderate BkPk—Blacklock Point—Tuesday–Thursday, May 11–13, 2021
Leader: Scott Hovis

Gr8 tune up 4 the summer... Blacklock Point, located on the coast just north of Port Orford, offers breathtaking beauty. Base camp is close to the beach with dramatic cliffs, water falls, woods and pristine beaches. A small camp fire will be part of the trip Backpack in 2.5 miles Tuesday. Day hike eight miles Wednesday. Pack out Thursday. Meet at leaders house the morning of the trip. Address will be mailed to participants. Some previous photos: http://obsidians.org/photo/gallery?albumid=971 http://obsidians.org/photo/gallery?albumid=252

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

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.

Moderate Hike—52nd Street/Spencer Butte—Thursday, May 13, 2021
Leader: Joanna Alexander

NOW on THURSDAY 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. 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. 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.

Difficult Hike—Sawtooth trail to Mt. Hardesty—Saturday, May 15, 2021
Leader: Joel Greer

This is an out-and-back hike which meanders along a wooded ridge on the border of the Willamette and Umpqua National Forests. There are views along the trail near Sawtooth Rock, mainly to the south. The summit of Mt. Hardesty is overgrown with trees, but there are limited keyhole views of the Sisters. Although there is only about a 550 foot elevation gain between the lowest and highest points of the hike, there is a great deal of up-and-down which produces a cumulative elevation gain of about 2550 feet, making this hike more difficult than it first appears. We will begin our hike at Mt. June trail #1400, then continue east along Sawtooth trail #1401, bypassing the summit of Mt. June and passing Sawtooth Rock on our way to Hardesty trail #3459. We'll hike to the summit of Hardesty Mountain, then return the way we came. Note to drivers: the last 7 miles is gravel with potholes in places. It is navigable in a regular car, but requires careful weaving and slow driving.

Moderate CarCmp—O.C.T: BakerBeach to North Jetty—Saturday–Sunday, May 15–16, 2021
Leader: Mark Hougardy

O.C.T: Baker Beach to North Jetty Florence This is a section hike on the Oregon Coast Trail and an overnight at the Sutton Campground Group Camp north of Florence. The plan is to arrive at noon at the Baker Beach Trailhead (44.0876, -124.1182), and explore the area north of Berry Creek and south to Sutton Creek. We will need to walk on the wet sand for plover protection. Late in the afternoon we will check into the campground and have free time for exploration, etc. In the group campsite there is ample room to space tents. A restroom is nearby. The next day the plan is to drive to the Siuslaw North Jetty parking area and everyone park their cars. We will shuttle to the Heceta Beach County Park (or thereabouts), park, walk north about a mile to the Sutton Creek mouth then south back to our cars (about 3.5 miles this day). We should leave Florence around 2pm to allow ample time to return home. This trip is exploratory so please be flexible. The overnight fee is $13/person and includes up to 6 vehicles. This should be paid to the trip leader. Everyone might need to pitch in a dollar or two for wood if a campfire is allowed. Covid protocols will be in place. The trip leader has been fully immunized for Covid.

Moderate Hike—Cloverpatch Trail—Sunday, May 16, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

Steep trail east of lookout Point Reservoir. Wildflowers galore and some great views. It could be chilly at 3400 ft so dress appropriate. This is exploratory trip since leaded never been there. ➯ Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for full information. Participants will manage their own transportation.

Easy Hike—Sweet Creek Falls—Sunday, May 16, 2021
Leader: Jane Hackett

I leave an option open for a short add on hike or possible lunch in Florence. Sweet Creek has flowers and water and it’s is beautiful.

Moderate Hike—Three Mile Lake—Sunday, May 16, 2021
Leader: Becky Lipton

Lovely hike through low coastal sand dunes ecosystem, then along the beach and to a fresh water lake. Hike back through high dunes and forest ecosystems.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, May 18, 2021
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. 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Leader: Mike Smith

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.

Moderate Hike—52nd Street/Spencer Butte—Thursday, May 20, 2021
Leader: Joanna Alexander

NOW on THURSDAY 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. 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. 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.

Moderate Hike—E2C Alpine Trail Mid-section—Saturday, May 22, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

Nice trail through the woods north of Westfir, OR. This is another segment of the Eugene to Crest Trail. Obsidian protocols for social distancing will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for full information. Participants will manage their own transportation

Moderate Hike—Brice Creek—Sunday, May 23, 2021
Leader: Jane Hackett

This hike east of Cottage Grove that travels along length of Brice Ck. This can include side trails to upper and lower falls along the way down Brice Ck. This will be a shuttle.

Moderate Bike—E2C Day Island-Jasper —Monday, May 24, 2021
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

Did you know that once upon a time, there was a plan to create a connecting route from Eugene to the Pacific Crest Trail (E2C)? Dave Cooper is spear heading hiking and biking the entire route this summer (see article in the May Bulletin). The first segment was from Alton Baker Park to Day Island Park. The next segment will be biking from Day Island to Jasper Park. May is Bike Month, a perfect time to pedal this section! The route is almost totally on low traffic or no traffic roads with a couple of short “rollers”. Check out the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35815977 We'll meet in the main parking lot of Day Island Park. If coming from Eugene on Franklin Blvd, immediately after crossing the Willamette bridge, turn right and go underneath the bridge and park.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Native Plant Nursery—Monday, May 24, 2021
Leader: Clara Emlen

Long time volunteer of Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah’s Native Plant Nursery, Dave Predeek will give a tour of the three acres nursery, see70 plus plants many of which will be in bloom and work in progress. There will be a short walk to see the original nursery and other and other plantings before we go to the nursery. Expect 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Meet at the North Trailhead: Turn left onto Frank Parrish Road after crossing the Coast Fork Willamette River. Drive 0.3 miles, and turn left into the large parking area. Back in 1997 botanist and Obsidian Dave Predeek joined the board of Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah and started looking around for a specific way of contributing. He didn’t have to look far before noticing that invasive plants, especially blackberries and Scotch broom, were taking over large areas of the park’s hillsides. The oak savanna habitat of the park, once common in the Willamette Valley, is now a rare and precious resource and Dave resolved to begin an effort to protect and restore it. He started the Monday Morning Regulars to remove blackberries and more. Read more in the May 2005 Bulletin.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise (long)—Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car, two or three rows down from the fee box at the gate. One day before full moon. Moonrise is at 8:10pm and the sunset is at 8:42. A long hike, it takes at least two hours at a moderate space to get to the top!. We will take Trail 7 to Trail 4 DOWN to Trail 2 and then up 800 ft elevation on the east side. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions. If it is raining, we could opt for a shorter hike.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Leader: Jonathan Jost

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 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.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Leader: Kathie Carpenter

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.

Moderate Hike—E2C Tire Mountain —Friday, May 28, 2021
Leader: Denise Bean

Departure location Pisgah Public Market in Pleasant Hill - 35851 Hwy 58. Take the Oakridge exit off of I-5. After 4 miles watch for the Mall on your left after the 76 gas station. Park in the middle of the parking lot by the light pole. The Tire Mountain Trail is part of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail series. We will encounter beautiful spring wildflowers, amazing vistas and old growth forest.

Easy Hike—Finley Wildlife Refuge—Sunday, May 30, 2021
Leader: Jane Hackett

It’s a little late in the season but we will e looking for birds. We will stop at 2 binds and do a 5 mile from the headquarters We will stop at headquarters to use bathrooms and check out feeders. Depending on timing we may have lunch there.

Moderate Hike—Sutton Cr / Darko’s Hidden Cove—Sunday, May 30, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

Please arrive few minutes earlier. We will leave promptly at 8AM and drive Hwy 126 (Linslaw Park bathroom stop) and Hwy 101 to the trail-head (GPS location 44.049091, -124.130566) From there we will hike north on the low tide beach crossing two creeks. Sutton Creek can be 2-3 ft. deep, Berry Creek can be up to 16 inches deep. Our destination is a beautiful hidden cove. After the lunch we will hike same way back. ➯ Obsidian COVID protocols will be observed on the hike. Refer to main website page for full information. Participants will manage their own transportation.

Easy Hike—Masonic Cemetery to Obsidian Lodge—Monday, May 31, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Departure Place 25th and University, Main gate with signage—not the dead end road to the Abbey. We will stroll through the cemetery up to the Obsidian Lodge and on the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. We can also stop at the Bog. The “relaxed” hike will take around 2 ½ hours so that we are back at the cemetery by noon for Taps at the Public Square. The Hope Abbey Mausoleum will be open from 11:30-5:00 with a brass concert at 4:00 at Public Square following COVID guidelines


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