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

November
Hike Mt Pisgah
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Wicked San Francisco
Hike Turkey Trimming
Hike Pisgah Tr 3
Hike Mt Pisgah
Bike Friday Bike Around

December
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Mt Pisgah
Hike Cummins Cr Lp
Hike Stocking Stuffer Hike, Lu
Hike Mt Pisgah Winter Solstice
Xski Midnight Lk

January
Hike New Year’s Day/Spencer Bt
Hike Blanton to Spencer Bt to
Hike Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Bt
Hike Yaquina Bay to Yaquina Hd

February
Hike Groundhog Day
Hike Oregon’s Birthday

Easy Hike—Mt. Pisgah - Sunset/Moonrise—Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Update: THE TRIP IS RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, NOV 20. Weather forecast is much better. Look for us by my car a row or two down from the fee box. Sunset is 4:40 pm and moonrise is at 4:16 pm. I plan to take the main trail to the summit. 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. 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). The full moon is the 22nd but I opted to schedule the hike EARLIER.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Leader: Denise Rubenstein

*NOTE OUR NEW WINTER START TIME* 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. Guests are welcome. 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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Hike—Wicked San Francisco—Thursday–Sunday, November 22–25, 2018
Leader: Mark Hougardy

DESCRIPTION: This is a 4-day (3-night) active walking exploration through wicked San Francisco; from its wild and lusty frontier days, to exploring the halls of the notorious Alcatraz prison, to ground zero for the fight against censorship. We'll also enjoy some scandalous theater (Beach Blanket Babylon) that features biting satire and outrageously sized hats. The trip starts and ends in San Francisco at the historic Fort Mason Hostel. There will be ample walking opportunities to enjoy beautiful vistas, historic neighborhoods, and exploring this world-class city. ====== COSTS: Participants are responsible for managing all of their own expenses - transportation to/from Eugene to San Francisco, overnight accommodations, all food, tickets to shows, and miscellaneous costs. These costs can run about $450-$500. Here's a quick overview: # Allegiant Air is usually the most affordable airline and flies directly between Eugene and Oakland. # Accommodation at the hostel runs about $50 a night (approx. $150 total) # Traveling from the airport to the hostel via BART and the MUNI streetcar runs about $20. # Additional costs can run $150 and might include: Cable car ($7), Alcatraz fees ($40), Beach Blanket Babylon ($40), food, etc. ====== SCHEDULE: DAY 1: Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Day. Arrive in San Francisco on your own time. The hostel has bag storage if you arrive early. Dinner is on your own. DAY 2: Friday, November 23, 2018 Start the day with a complimentary breakfast at the hostel. We'll catch a cable car ride across town to Market Street. At Union Square we'll begin walking the Barbary Coast Trail and journey through San Francisco's gold rush where people were shanghaied, gambling was the currency, and two saloon dogs were celebrities. We'll explore Chinatown, see where the American Gold Rush started, and walk in the footsteps of the literary troublemakers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. We'll even visit a Prohibition-era cave. In the late afternoon, we'll walk garden-lined walkways and seek out hidden stairways on our way back to the hostel. Our route will cross parts of Nob, Telegraph, and Russian Hills. Plan on walking 6-8 miles today. DAY 3: Saturday, November 24, 2018 Visit Alcatraz Island in the late morning and return mid-afternoon. We'll have a couple hours to relax or explore on your own before making our way to dinner and a performance of the the saucy musical review of Beach Blanket Babylon. Plan on walking about 5-6 miles today. DAY 4: Sunday, November 25, 2018 Open: The day is free for your own explorations. ====== HOSTEL: We'll be staying at the historic Fort Mason Hostel (Hosteling International Fisherman’s Wharf). We will NOT be staying in one room as a group. Book a bed in one of the rooms they offer (I suggest one of the smaller rooms). The hostel has bedding, towels, etc. Bring your own toiletries, shower soap, and shower shoes. Directions to the Hostel: Streetcar map: https://www.streetcar.org/wp-content/uploads/map-170714.png BART: https://www.bart.gov From OAK or SFO travel via BART to the Embarcadero Station and take the escalator to ground level. Walk across the street to the Ferry Terminal, just outside take the historic F Line street care to the Jones stop. Walk 10 minutes to the Fort Mason Hostel. Bart can run about $10, the streetcar is $1 for seniors or $2.50 for adults. ====== FOOD: In the morning, the hostel provides free oatmeal, coffee, etc. For lunch, we'll eat at local eateries, coffee shops, etc as needed. For dinner, we will eat out or buy food at a local store and use the hostel's kitchen. ====== PRE-TRIP MEETING: A short pre-trip meeting will be planned for the middle of October, date and time TBD. ====== I WANT TO GO - WHAT DO I DO? 1. Register on the Obsidian Site. 2. Book the following reservations immediately (A, B, & C): A. HOSTEL: http://www.sfhostels.org/fishermans-wharf/reservations (Check-in Thursday night Nov 22; leaving on Sunday Nov 25 -- arrive early or stay longer if you like) The hostel has a generous cancellation policy. B. ALCATRAZ: https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/ Book the 12:30pm Day Tour, Saturday, November 24, 2018 trip. C. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON https://www.beachblanketbabylon.com/ Buy a ticket for the Saturday, November 24, 2018 show, (Rear Balcony $30). 9pm show. 3. Book your own transportation to the bay area. 4. Explore on your own: feel free to arrive a day early, and stay later as needed. ### END ###

Moderate Hike—Turkey Trimming—Friday, November 23, 2018
Leader: Ruthy Kanagy

DEPARTURE PLACE: Masonic Cemetery NW gate, at 25th & Miami Lane. Park on 25th, or take the bus or Rideshare bike. This leisurely walk is mostly off-pavement, on trails, noticing signs of fall/winter, birds, mushrooms, scents, silence, peace... We will saunter through the Masonic Cemetery, Laurelwood Golf course, Ribbon Trail, Hendricks Park, native plant garden, meandering trails, then along Fairmount Blvd back to start. Our 7th Annual 'Day After Thanksgiving Turkey' walk (subbing for Lana this year).

Moderate Hike—Pisgah Trail 3 —Saturday, November 24, 2018
Leader: David Cooper

Casual afternoon Pisgah wandering. If you’re familiar with Trail #3 you know that in winter parts of it can be a slippery mess. So, lets travel the this trail before we get enough rain to create problems. We’ll head south through the meadows for about two miles before get to the south end of trail 3. By then everyone will be warmed up and we start our climb for the day. Much more relaxing than starting uphill right from the parking lot. This hike doesn’t go to the top but takes you through lowlands, rocky oak hillsides and more forested areas. PARKING PASS. If you don’t have a Lane County permit, allow time to use a credit card at the pay station by trailhead.

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Sunday, November 25, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Turn right at the sign for West Summit Trailhead and follow pay fee/station signs. We meet one row down from the gate and pay station. If you don’t have a Lane County permit, allow time to use a credit card at the pay station by trailhead. Depending on weather, I plan to take back trails like #4 and #2 to the summit, avoiding the main trail #1. Mileage and elevation could vary but around 6 miles at a steady pace. Estimated time is 3 hours so bring snacks. Email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net if you have questions. The route is longer and harder than taking the main trail to the summit.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Leader: Denise Bean

*NOTE OUR NEW WINTER 9AM START TIME* 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. Guests are welcome. 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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Bike—Friday Bike Around—Friday, November 30, 2018
Leader: Richard Hughes

We will ride paths and streets in and around Eugene.

Moderate Hike—Amazon Hdwtrs/Spencer Butte—Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Leader: Dorene Steggell

*NOTE OUR NEW WINTER 9AM START TIME* 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. Guests are welcome. 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. Please call the leader if any questions

Moderate Hike—Mt. Pisgah—Saturday, December 8, 2018
Leader: Janet Jacobsen

Hike in the morning before attending the Christmas party in the afternoon at the Obsidian Lodge. Look for us by my car a row down from the fee box. We will start hiking at 9:00 so please come in time to check in. Depending on the weather and trail conditions: For the four mile hike to the summit, we will take # 5 through the south meadow up to Trail 3 with its great views to the west and then up the steep Trail 6 (south ridge) to the top. I estimate 2 1⁄2 hours for the hike. Watch for updates. If you have questions, email me at jbjacobsen@comcast.net 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. 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).

Moderate Hike—Cummins Creek Loop—Sunday, December 9, 2018
Leader: Mike Smith

Nice moderate hike from Cape Perpetua Visitor’s Center into the Coast Range and then back down and return via the OCT. There are a lot of seasonal streams on the trail. Last year there was dust. And this year is even drier. High tide 1203 (7’) Make sure you have waterproofed your rain gear. The trail starts climbing from the start, gaining about 1000 feet in 3 miles. That is most of the elevation gain, so light layers at the beginning of the hike may work out well.

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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