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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
Evening hike Mt Pisgah
Spencer Bt from Fox Hollo
Mt Baldy Sunrise
CarCmp Exploring Mt Hood hike/c
Blanton Ridge to Spencer
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
BkPk Perseid Meteor Shower Ove
Evening Hike to Hendricks
Matthieu Lks/Yapoah Crate
Oregon Rks Walk
UO Campus Design, Archite
PCT to 58 via Twin Pks tr
Hunts Cove
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
BkPk Belknap Crater Sunset

September
Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Evening hike Mt Baldy/Fox
Tam McArthur Rim
BkPk Tenas Lks
Fuji Mtn
Yoran / Lils Lks Lp
Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
U of O Campus Walk

Moderate Hike—Evening hike Mt Pisgah—Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Leader: Lisa Van Liefde

Meet at main parking area look for my blue Honda CRV , will park in 3rd row from trail head. We'll take 17 /7/ 3 / 4 to the top and back down 1 /3 /7. The pace is geared for conditioning, if you have any questions give me a call. Please bring ample water, it will be warm.

Moderate Hike—Spencer Butte from Fox Hollow—Saturday, August 7, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Start early to avoid the head and crowds. Meet at the Fox Hollow trailhead parking area across from the Raptor Center. The round trip at a steady pace takes around 2 hours. If you haven’t seen the repairs on the Tie Trail, this is a good time to check it out. If you need a longer hike, it would be easy to continue hiking on the Ridgeline Trail to Dillard or beyond.

Easy Hike—Mt Baldy Sunrise—Sunday, August 8, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

Early Morning Special

Difficult CarCmp—Exploring Mt. Hood hike/camp—Monday–Wednesday, August 9–11, 2021
Leader: Daphne James

Exploring Mt.Hood is a 3day/2night extended trip. We will be camping at Still Ck Campground near the town of Government Camp. Day 1. Elk Meadows a moderate 6 mile/1,200 ft gain hike to a lovely meadow at the base of Hood. Full views and lovely flowers.Day 2. Elk Cove a difficult 9-11 miles/2,600 + loop hike. We will be taking the Elk Cove trail to Timberline tr and returning on the Pinnacal trail. We will have optional side trips to Coe Branch and Dollar Lk. Day 3. Lost lake an easy 3.4 mile loop around picturesque Lost Lk. followed by a swim and ice cream at the Lost Lk resort.Cost will be between $20 and $30, depending on number of participants and other variables. Plus carpooling to Hood and day trip carpooling costs to drivers. NOTE; 7/10 ELK COVE HIKE IS UNACCESABLE THE RD IS WASHED OUT AND DOWNED TREES HAVE NOT BEEN CLEARED. I will contact rangers before our trip and will have a back-up plan if issues not resolved.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 10, 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.. 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, August 11, 2021
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

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 BkPk—Perseid Meteor Shower Overnight—Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Leader: Russ Davies

Trip Description: Day1- Afternoon Eugene departure. Drive to N Waldo/Jim Weaver trailhead. Hike approx. 2 miles and camp on rocky bench below Rigdon Butte. The site has expansive views of the entire Waldo Lake area from which we have front row seats of the Perseid meteor shower peaking on 8/11 and enhanced by a sliver of moon setting about 10:30pm. Day 2 – Short day hike of approximately 3 miles looping through the beautiful Rigdon Lakes area which recovers from the Charlton Burn of a decade ago. Packup and hike out. Back in Eugene by 5pm.

Easy Hike—Evening Hike to Hendricks Park—Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Leader: Lisa Van Liefde

Meet at the new trailhead at Spring Street and 30th. If you have any questions about this location, call me. This trail approaches the park from the south, we'll hike through Hendricks and return. Bathrooms are available, bring water.

Difficult Hike—Matthieu Lakes/Yapoah Crater—Thursday, August 12, 2021
Leader: Karen Yoerger

This is one of my favorite hikes along the PCT! The tentative plan for the hike from Lava Camp Trailhead includes, 1) after 3 miles, a brief stop at lovely S. Matthieu Lake for snacks and views of N. Sister; 2) after 2 interesting miles on good tread through the lava beds, the trail climbs to the shoulder of Yapoah Crater for views of lava flows, Mt. Washington, and beyond; 3) an optional scramble up the fine scree slope to the impressive rim of Yapoah Crater; 4) lunch on the return to Yapoah shoulder; 5) on our return, another brief rest stop at S. Matthieu Lake; 6) continuing down on the old Skyline Trail, an optional swim in N. Matthieu Lake before completing the final 2.4 miles to the trailhead. We will proceed at a steady, relaxed pace, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the landscape, geology and plants, and to take photos. To best enjoy it, be prepared for a long day with double lunches and double water. Bring the 10 essentials and appropriate gear for wind and cold, sun and heat, and possible rain. I have permits for 8 people. If there is a wait list, a week before the hike I will try to get 4 additional permits. Add $1 to the trip fee for the permit. Send me an email if you have questions.

Easy Hike—Oregon Rocks Walk—Thursday, August 12, 2021
Leader: David Cooper

Marli Miller’s new book, Oregon Rocks, is featured in the July Bulletin. This a chance to take short afternoon stroll to the Museum of History and Culture and meet the author. The Museum blurb says: From the Oregon Caves to Mount Hood, University of Oregon geologist Marli Miller's new Oregon Rocks! book will take you on a geo-journey to 60 iconic sites, highlighting their deep history through her fascinating narrative and stunning photographs. Join Marli at the museum for a meet-and-greet, book signing, geology games, and more—all while enjoying her hand-picked playlist of ROCKin' tunes. Marli has been an Obsidian in the past and this is a time to for some of you to reconnect with her. This will be an outside event.

Easy Hike—UO Campus Design & Architecture—Thursday, August 12, 2021
Leader: Helen Martz

Do you know which UO building has two fronts but no back? Or which building was constructed with locally sourced bricks? Join us as Fred Tepfer, who worked in UO Campus Planning for 32 years, walks us through historic campus areas and, as an architect, describes unique campus architecture and design concepts. This will be more of a saunter but filled with wonderful information and will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

Difficult Hike—PCT to 58 via Twin Peaks trail—Sunday, August 15, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

This is a shuttle trip limited to 6 hikers and 3 vehicles. We will leave from Amazon @ Hilyard at 7AM, stopping in Oakridge Greenwaters Park for a brief break and continue to Willamette Pass Resort. There we will leave one vehicle, merge to other two and drive to Tween Peak trailhead of the Waldo Lake Road. From there we will hike ups and downs for total of 14 miles and cumulative elevation change 2000 ft. After the hike, driver of the car left at Willamette Pass Resort will shuttle other two drivers to pick-up vehicles at Twin Peak trailhead. We will regroup at Willamette Pass Resort and return back to Eugene. Please indicate if you can drive or need transportation.

Difficult Hike—Hunts Cove—Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Leader: David Cooper

I put Hunts Cove as the name of this hike but we may shorten it to just Pamelia lake or walk around to PCT junction. The PCT is closed from this junction (mile ~2027) on the Willamette National Forest to near Triangle Lake north of Olallie Lake (~mile 2048.7) on the Mt. Hood National Forest. We might meet some folks coming out to civilization. Whatever we do we have to stay together under the under the permit rules. 7/12 reports of lots of trees down on the trail to Hunt's Cove

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 17, 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.. 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, August 18, 2021
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

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—Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise —Friday, August 20, 2021
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car, two or three rows down from the fee box at the gate. We will take shady Trail 7 and 4 to the main trail to the summit. Moonrise is at 7:43 and sunset is at 8:08. This is two days before the full moon.

Difficult BkPk—Belknap Crater Sunset—Friday–Saturday, August 20–21, 2021
Leader: Darko Sojak

>Will add wilderness permit fee info, upon permit received. Friday PM drive from Eugene to PCT trailhead at McKenzie Pass. Afternoon hike to the base of Belknap Crater (6,300 ft.) in Mount Washington wilderness where we will setup our tents and relax in peaceful surroundings. Evening we will hike to the top of Belknap Crater (6877 ft.) to watch the sunset. After the sunset we will descent to our base camp. Moon will be almost full 95% so, it will be bright night if no clouds. Early morning Saturday (optional) 0.4 mile hike to the NE slopes of Belknap Crater to enjoy long shadows and breathtaking sunrise over the Three Sister Wilderness. After the sunrise watch and our breakfast we will break our camp and hike from the base of Belknap Crater to nearby Little Belknap where we will explore lava tubs and then backpack back to Hwy 242 and return to Eugene. Please indicate your transportation preferences. It would be great if we can have only two vehicles. Saturday on the way back, early dinner at Takoda's, optional.

Moderate Hike—Blanton Ridge to Spencer Butte—Tuesday, August 24, 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.. 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, August 25, 2021
Leader: June Miller

NOTE: Flexible departure time from 7:45 a.m. Please inform leader if you need to use an alternate route, have health concerns, need to shorten hike, etc. 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.) 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.


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