When the snow begins to fly in the high country, our thoughts turn to cross country skiing, snow shoeing and other outdoor winter sports.  In all our activities, the ultimate objective is to explore the more scenic areas of our environment, and savor to the fullest the aesthetic experience of wildness. 

WINTER
TRIPS 

Upcoming Winter Trips

January
Hike Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
SShoe Lower Rosary Lk
Hike Wolf Moon Night
Xski Maiden Pk Backcountry Ski
SShoe Gold Lk-Maiden Tr-PCT loo
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Historic Brownsville
Bike 12 Bridges Lp
Hike Mt Pisgah
Hike Trestle Cr Fls

February
Hike Groundhog Day
Xski Three Fingered Jack
Hike River Path N
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike McDowell Cr Fls
SShoe Salt Cr
Xski Mt Fuji
Hike Oregon’s Birthday
Hike Ridgeline 10 Miler
Hike Thurston Hills Tr
Hike Lookout Pt to Signal Pt
SShoe Brandenburg Shelter
Hike Mt Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise
SShoe Gold Lk—Fuji Shelter—Salt
SShoe Odell overview

March
SShoe Tait’s Lp Snowshoe
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Xski Booth Lk Lp
SShoe Salt Cr
Hike Obsidian Lodge Pi Hike
Hike SOLVE Beach Clean-Up

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah Sunset/Moonrise—Saturday, January 19, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Moonrise is at 3:40 pm and sunset at 4:36. We will take a longer route to the top. Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Watch for updates for departure time depending on weather. If you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net

Moderate SShoe—Lower Rosary Lake—Sunday, January 20, 2019
Leader: Jane Hackett

This trip starts at the east end of Willamette Pass parking lot. We will cross the lower end of the bunny hill and pickup the blue diamond trail to lower Rosary Lake. We will be hiking through the trees until we get to the lake. We should have a good view of the lake plus Rosary Rock the that sits above the lake. This will be are lunch stop. We could go a little further, that will depend on the weather and how everybody is feeling.

Easy Hike—Wolf Moon Night—Sunday, January 20, 2019
Leader: Darko Sojak

Join me on Super Blood Moon 2019 hike: This rare event will be sighted on January 20-21, the last total lunar eclipse till 2021. Eclipse occurs when Moon and Sun are exactly aligned with the Earth as midpoint (in syzygy). Residual atmospheric light then refracts, creating crimson Blood Moon. Syzygy can only occur during a full moon: this one occurs during the full moon of January, known as the Wolf Moon. (Partial Eclipse begins 7:34PM, Full Eclipse begins 8:41PM, Maximum Eclipse 9:12PM, Full Eclipse ends 9:43PM, Partial Eclipse ends 10:50PM). Please arrive few minutes earlier for sign-in. We will leave 8:00PM from Martin Street trailhead. Watch for weather updates and possible trip cancelation in case of unfavorable moon gazing condition.

Difficult Xski—Maiden Peak Backcountry Ski—Sunday, January 20, 2019
Leader: David McAllister

Departure location: Shell station near LCC (86623 FRANKLIN BLVD, 97405-9605, EUGENE) We’ll park at the PCT trailhead, ski past the Rosary Lks then head directly towards Maiden Peak. All weather permitting, which could necessitate a change of route and/or destination even. We will ski in protected safe non-avalanche areas for this entire trip, no need for avalanche equipment, but having a shovel never hurts. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Difficult SShoe—Gold Lake-Maiden Trail-PCT loop—Monday, January 21, 2019
Leader: Mike Smith

This is a great loop from Gold Lake to the Maiden Peak Trail to where it connects with the PCT. I soloed the loop back to Willamette Pass last spring, and most of it was unbroken. Climbing is significant from Skyline Trail junction to well along the PCT to Maiden Peak Shelter, which is a great place to have lunch. Then it is along contours mostly to Upper Rosary Lake and likely back along the PCT, going across the bottom of Willamette Pass Ski Area back to Gold Lake (we are allowed to do that, I checked.) Whether we can do this depends a lot on the snow conditions. If we are breaking trail all the way to the PCT and Maiden Peak Shelter, we will instead return the way we came, at least on broken trail, for 11.4 miles RT. If the snow is great and people feel up to it, we could go back via Tait’s Loop, but I don’t see that as a realistic goal. Another turn around point would be the Skyline Trail or even use that to cut off more of the loop, although I’d like to reach the shelter. Be flexible for this one.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Registered guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Easy Hike—Historic Brownsville—Friday, January 25, 2019
Leader: Mari Baldwin

Meeting Location: Springfield Target at 2750 Gateway St., Springfield, OR. We'll meet in the Target parking lot on the east side of the store. I have a grey minivan. Join me on a walk through historic Brownsville, founded in 1853 (6 years before statehood) and where the movie Stand By Me was filmed. We’ll walk mostly on sidewalks about 6 miles past historical sites and up to a viewpoint at the cemetery. After the walk we’ll stop at a coffee shop for a snack. If we have time, we’ll stop at Living Rock Studio, a most curious place. My plan is to get home by 3:00, plenty of time for the 6:30 potluck at the lodge.

Easy Bike—12 Bridges Loop—Saturday, January 26, 2019
Leader: Richard Hughes

We'll explore the river path and bridges around Eugene.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Sunday, January 27, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails, #4 and #2 to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles at a steady moderate pace. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. if you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net. f 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. To buy an annual pass and support the trails, check out the websites for Friends of the Buford Park ($50.00) or Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. ($50.00/$40.00 for seniors).

Easy Hike—Trestle Creek Falls—Monday, January 28, 2019
Leader: Michael King

This is a loop trail to upper Trestle Falls and lower Trestle Falls. Most of us will meet at LCC, then travel to meet-up with Michael at the Walmart Park & Ride in Cottage Grove, before heading to the trailhead.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Leader: Jorry Rolfe

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Registered guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Moderate Hike—Groundhog Day—Saturday, February 2, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Meet at the Masonic Cemetery at 25th and University near the interpretive signs and gate—not at the Abbey. From there we will hike trails in the Cemetery, then on city streets to the Ribbon Trail, past the Obsidian Lodge and Hendricks Park. We will loop back by 19th & Agate and Hello Neighbor Pizza if not too early for lunch (optional)before we take a direct route back to our cars. Be prepared for a steady uphilll push for the first 30-40 minutes. Bathrooms at the Laurelwood Golf Course and Hendricks Park.

Difficult Xski—Three Fingered Jack—Saturday, February 2, 2019
Leader: Gordon Sayre

We will drive to Santiam Sno-park and ski to the NNW following established ski tracks near the route of the Pacific Crest Trail. Our turnaround point will be on the west slopes of Three-Fingered Jack, and there will be opportunities for exhilarating downhill turns, either telemark or alpine touring. Recent fires have opened up much of this terrain and made route finding easier. However, this trip is weather dependent as high winds or precipitation can make skiing difficult. Alternative trips might begin from Potato Hill sno-park.

Easy Hike—River Path North—Monday, February 4, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

Our path will start at the Greenway Bike Bridge behind Valley River Center. We’ll head north on the East Bank Trail and reach the shops on the north side of Green Acres Road. At this time we can get lunch/snack/coffee. (Last year most people chose lunch at Café Yumm.) Then we’ll re-trace our steps until we come to the Owosso Bike Bridge. After crossing the river here, our path heads south on a short section on streets. Then on to West Bank Path. The Greenway Bridge returns us to our starting point.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Leader: David Cooper

This is our weekly aerobic hike starting at Martin Street Trailhead up to Spencer Butte. We start promptly so come a few minutes early to check in. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. It is a steady pace varying from moderate to fast. Registered guests are welcome. Please call the leader if any questions. To get to the trailhead: Take West Amazon to Martin Street. Turn left. Drive past Kinney Park and park on Martin Street at the Kiosk sign board across from Canyon Drive Street sign with hiker symbol. One can take LTD Bus #28 to Martin Street.

Archived schedules from previous years:
2017-18   2016-17   2015-16   2014-15   2013-14   2012-13   2011-12   2010-11   2009-10   2008-09   2007-08   2006-07   2005-06   2004-05   2003-04   2002-03   2001-02   2000-01

 

WINTER SNO-PARK PERMITS ARE REQUIRED IN ALL NW WINTER SPORTS PARKING AREAS FROM NOVEMBER 1 TO APRIL 15 Are you prepared for your winter trip?
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Questions about Winter Trips?
Contact Steve Cordon 541-513-3452 - wintertrips@obsidians.org

 

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