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. 


Upcoming Winter Trips

Hike SOLVE Beach Clean-Up
Hike Leaburg Canal
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Salem Exploration
Bike McKenzie View Lp
Hike Dimple Hill

Easy Hike—SOLVE Beach Clean-Up—Saturday, March 23, 2019
Leader: Darko Sojak

Please join thousands of volunteers on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10AM - 1PM for SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup – part of International Coastal Cleanup. Obsidians and friends of Wandertrail Tours will participate in cleaning area around Berry Creek, 8 miles north of Florence. Trash bags and gloves will be provided to you on the site. SOLVE event info> https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I00000GshHq After the cleanup, please join us for Ice-cream beach party sponsored by Wandertrail Tours! ("while supplies last") On the way back, some of us will stop for a lunch in Florence. Please join us.

Easy Hike—Leaburg Canal—Sunday, March 24, 2019
Leader: Kathy Randall

Easy walk along the Leaburg canal starting at the power station 13 miles east of Thurston. This level path follows the canal approximately 3 miles east with pleasant views of the surrounding farms, river, side creeks, and canal. Expect to see a variety of waterfowl. The path is covered in small pea gravel and is generally not muddy, but due to the gravel, you may find hiking boots more comfortable than a soft-soled shoe.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, March 27, 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.

Easy Hike—Salem Exploration—Thursday, March 28, 2019
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Jim Northrop who lived in Salem for 24 years will be our guide for our walk. There will be a guided tour of the Capitol Dome at 11:00. Other sights depending on time: Riverfront Park, Union Street Railroad Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, the new Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, Supreme Court Building (hopefully), sculptures, and gardens on the way to Willamette University, the Deepwood Museum & Gardens, the Bush Barn Art Center, the Salem Convention Center, and the historic Ladd and Bush Bank. Be prepared to be on your feet most of the exploration. Jim has a special place for lunch. We should be back in Eugene by 5:30 if all goes well.

Easy Bike—McKenzie View Loop—Saturday, March 30, 2019
Leader: Richard Hughes

Meeting Place: County Farm and Fox Meadow Rds. (North of Costco, about 1/3 mile from Armitage Park, near the First Baptist Church of Eugene) We'll explore the hills and country roads around Springfield. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29210622 Make sure your bike is in good running condition. If the psi range on the sidewall calls for 60-80 psi, fill 60-65. In Winter we need more contact with the road surface and less psi should do it.

Moderate Hike—Dimple Hill—Sunday, March 31, 2019
Leader: Joel Greer

Meeting Location: We will meet in the Jerry's Home Improvement Center parking lot, Beltline at Highway 99, at the far side of the parking lot from the store, next to Highway 99 and the Jerry's sign. The hike will begin at Chip Ross Park on the north side of Corvallis. Weather permitting, there are good views of Corvallis from the upper reaches of Chip Ross Park. We'll take Dan's Trail to the summit of Dimple Hill and stop for lunch and (hopefully) good views to the south. Most of Dan's Trail is a long and steady uphill, with plenty of switchbacks to keep it from becoming too steep. The trail is muddy in places, but generally in good condition. Although rated moderate according to distance and elevation gain, some hikers may find it difficult.

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


Read the Obsidian guide to being prepared for your outdoor winter adventure.
Winter Trip Guide
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Sign up to go on Winter Trips here: Online Signup.

Questions about Winter Trips?
Contact Steve Cordon 541-513-3452 - wintertrips@obsidians.org


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