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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:

May
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Thurston Hills Vista Lp
Spring Flower Gardens Mea
Masonic Cemetery/Obsidian
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
Blue Pool, Sahalie Fls

June
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Pisgah Flatland Wander
Fort Rk
Finley Wildlife Refuge
CarCmp Yachats Beach House Weeke
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
Hager Mtn
Get Acquainted/Ribbon Tr
Mt June
Todd Lk to Bend Glacier
Patterson Mtn
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Wild Iris Ridge Plus
CarCmp Low Tide Wanders
Three Mile Lk
Mt Pisgah Summer Solstice
Cape Mtn
Macduff Mtn
CarCmp Mt St. Helens Area S
Pre's Tr

July
Grizzly Pk
Martin Lk
Obsidians Bt to Bt
Red Bt
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Maxwell Bt
Paradise Prk
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
Annual Beach Barefoot Hik
BkPk Goat Rks Wilderness

August
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
CarCmp Exploring Hood 4th Annual
BkPk Hoh Valley to Blue Glacie

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Leader: Mike Smith

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 8:15 to 8:30. IN JUNE WE START 1/2 HR EARLIER. NEED LEADERS FOR THE SUMMER Every Wednesday since 2013 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. If this is your first time on this Obsidian conditioning hike, or hiking to Spencer Butte, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. If you should fall too far behind, the leaders reserve the right to have you not summit but wait and return with the group. The regulars on this hike have attained their fitness by showing up consistently and slowly improving. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. 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 contact the leader if you have any questions.

Moderate Hike—Thurston Hills Vista Loop—Friday, May 27, 2022
Leader: Denise Bean

Meet at 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 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. If I can get enough drivers 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. If not we can do an up and back.

Easy Hike—Spring Flower Gardens Meander—Saturday, May 28, 2022
Leader: Becky Lipton

A delightful spring stroll through spectacular Schreiner's Iris and Adelman's Peony display gardens north of Salem. Bring lunch for a picnic. Cost - $36 entry fee divided by number of participants - hopefully $6 / person If I can get extra entry tickets, we will include up to 4 wait listed folks for a total of 10 participants.

Moderate Hike—Masonic Cemetery/Obsidian Lodge—Monday, May 30, 2022
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 and then on city streets up to the golf course and by the Obsidian Lodge taking the Ribbon Trail to Hendricks Park. We might stop at the Bog. The “relaxed” hike will take around 2.5 hours so that we are back at the cemetery by noon for Taps at the Public Square. Hope Abbey Mausoleum will be open.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, May 31, 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 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—Blue Pool and Sahalie Falls—Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Leader: Jean Harris

We will drive past McKenzie Bridge on 126 to the Blue Pool Trailhead. This portion of the hike will be about 4.5 miles. The trail ambles along near the bubbling and beautiful McKenzie River. The destination is the breathtaking Blue Pool (Tamolitch Pool), which features the McKenzie River bubbling up from underground. After an enjoyable time,we'll return to the trailhead and drive 4 miles to Sahalie Falls. This 2.6 mile loop features Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls, Carmen Reservoir and incredible views of the McKenzie River.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 7:45 to 8:00. NOTE TIME CHANGE Every Wednesday since 2013 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. If this is your first time on this Obsidian conditioning hike, or hiking to Spencer Butte, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. If you should fall too far behind, the leaders reserve the right to have you not summit but wait and return with the group. The regulars on this hike have attained their fitness by showing up consistently and slowly improving. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. 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 contact the leader if you have any questions.

Easy Hike—Pisgah Flatland Wander—Thursday, June 2, 2022
Leader: Dorothy van Winkle

This quiet wander through the flatland past the quonset hut will eventually take us to the river. We will listen and look for birds and maybe even spot a coyote. Last time we did this, several tree trunks had been well gnawed by beaver. We shall see if any of those trees are still standing. This wander will give us lots of time to enjoy our surroundings.

Easy Hike—Fort Rock—Thursday, June 2, 2022
Leader: Buzz Blumm

We’ll circumnavigate the entire rock which is a 1.9 miles mostly level walk, then hike up inside the ramparts and explore the various rock formations; then up to the rim to enjoy the vast desert scenery. Total hiking distance will be about 3.25 miles, with an elevation gain of 300’ for those who go up to the rim. After 2 – 3 hours of hiking, we’ll visit the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum in the town of Fort Rock and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Fort Rock Valley in the early 1900’s.

Easy Hike—Finley Wildlife Refuge—Sunday, June 5, 2022
Leader: Jane Hackett

This is primarily a birding trip with a hike attached. I have an option in mind to include the new Ankeny Wildlife Refuge nature center and trail. I consider this part of the trip exploratory. The Finley portion of the trip will include checking out 2 large ponds and hiking the Woodpecker and Mill Pond trails.

Moderate CarCmp—Yachats Beach House Weekend—Tuesday–Thursday, June 7–9, 2022
Leader: Scott Hovis

Two night overnighter for 8 fully vaccinated, boosted and tested participants. Tuesday June 7th Drive to Yachats beach house and then to Amanda Trail hike to see the new suspension bridge and the statue. Back to the house for evening potluck. Wednesday morning take bus to Waldport walk back on beach -- 8 mi; option to get off bus halfway at Tillicum 4 miles .. Med difficulty... Wednesday evening go to restaurant or eat at house sleeping arrangements -- One room -- King bed, for 2 to share Second room -- Queen bed for 2 to share Third room -- 3 singles Floor space, couches $65 towards professional cleaning of house and Thursday breakfast provided by Scott Within 5 days of signing up, Send a $65.00 check payable to Scott Hovis to: Scott Hovis 294 W 22nd Ave Eugene, Or 97405 This will also be the meeting place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. Cancellation: Full refund if you cancel and your place is filled by someone on the Wait List or your test is positive Tuesday morning.  Covid procedure for this trip -- Vaccinated, boosted participants will come up negative on an at-home rapid Covid test Tuesday morning -- every US household is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-⁠home tests. Order or purchase now if you do not have a supply. https://www.covid.gov/tests More options -- https://www.cms.gov/how-to-get-your-at-home-OTC-COVID-19-test-for-free -- tests are now available locally for purchase too. Coordinating emails to follow for people signed up. Scott will be on and off the grid till June first.  Questions about trip go to Nikki at 541-954-3050.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, June 7, 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 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, June 8, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 7:45 to 8:00 am. EARLIER START NOW Every Wednesday since 2013 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. If this is your first time on this Obsidian conditioning hike, or hiking to Spencer Butte, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. If you should fall too far behind, the leaders reserve the right to have you not summit but wait and return with the group. The regulars on this hike have attained their fitness by showing up consistently and slowly improving. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. 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 contact the leader if you have any questions.

Difficult Hike—Hager Mountain—Friday, June 10, 2022
Leader: Buzz Blumm

This trail is a hidden gem – not many people around; thinned out forest for 2/3 of the trail, beautiful views on the rest. The peak is 9 miles south of Silver Lake. There is a staffed look-out building at the top. This will be a slow-paced hike, jack-rabbits should fine another trail. We’ll pass the Cowboy Dinner Tree Restaurant in case meat-eaters want to stop for dinner. Time permitting, we could possibly stop at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum on the way back.

easy Hike—Get Acquainted/Ribbon Trail—Saturday, June 11, 2022
Leader:

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. 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. Members are welcome to sign up to help answer questions. 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—Mt June—Sunday, June 12, 2022
Leader: Jonathan Jost

We will be hiking up to the former lookout site atop Mt June, which provides an unimpeded panorama from the Willamette Valley to the Three Sisters. A short hike that offers amazing views.

Difficult Hike—Todd Lake to Bend Glacier—Sunday, June 12, 2022
Leader: Darko Sojak

Hard work for a big reward. This trail features beautiful views of Broken Top and South sister on the way up, and then moves up the ridge on the other side of gorgeous No Name Lake.

Easy Hike—Patterson Mountain—Sunday, June 12, 2022
Leader: Jane Hackett

A close in hike with good wildflowers and a good view of the Willamette River drainage. If the sky is clear there are view of some of the big mountains.

Moderate Hike—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Monday, June 13, 2022
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Moonrise is at 8:40 and sunset is 8:56. Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box.. Current plan is take Trails 7,3, and 1. If a hot day, we might want include a section of shady Trail 4. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions. 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. . (The full moon is the next day.)

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, June 14, 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 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—Wild Iris Ridge Plus—Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Leader: Lisa Van Liefde

After work in-town hike, we leave promptly at 6:00 PM Meeting place: Wild Iris Ridge Park/Trailhead on corner of Bailey Hill Road and S. Bertelsen Rd. Parking is limited, carpool if you can or street parking in residential area off Bailey Hill and Leahy Dr, walk about a block to the trailhead. This is a good work out, considered a 'conditioning' hike. We'll add the additional loop for a total of 4.4 miles. Please assess your ability and if you are not familiar with this trail or new to Obsidians, please call or text me.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Leader: Karen Yoerger

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 7:45 to 8:00. Every Wednesday since 2013 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. If this is your first time on this Obsidian conditioning hike, or hiking to Spencer Butte, you may want to call the leader to discuss the pace. If you should fall too far behind, the leaders reserve the right to have you not summit but wait and return with the group. The regulars on this hike have attained their fitness by showing up consistently and slowly improving. If you have questions, email summertrips@obsidians.org. Come a few minutes early because we leave promptly at the listed time. 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 contact the leader if you have any questions.


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