OCT #2: Newport-Waldport Cancelled
Sunday–Tuesday, July 12–14, 2020
Leader: Mark Hougardy
(The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is scenic and diverse and best experienced on foot. Mark is organizing a series of section hikes to explore the OCT. You are welcome to join all the walks or any that strike your fancy. Please note, OCT trips should be considered as exploratory; flexibility is a must. All of the section hikes are intended to be enjoyed with a daypack, and always return to a central location for tent camping, showers, etc. Trips focus on beach walking, utilizing lesser-traveled side roads and trails. Hiking next to Hwy 101 will be avoided as much as possible. To maximize beach time, and minimize highway walking, we will be car shuttling between start and end locations as needed on the trip.
This trip is a 3-day, 19-mile section hike of the OCT between Newport and Waldport. We will be tent camping at the South Beach State Park group camp. The majority of this trip is beach walking. Bridge crossings include pedestrian walkways.
Registration and payment:A) Online registration opens May 9, 2020.B) Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check payable to "Obsidians" for $30 (members) to Mark Hougardy, 418 Heritage Oak Dr, Eugene, OR 97405. This amount covers the campground fees, firewood, parking, and trip fees.C) The payment is non-refundable unless your place is filled by someone else.
Schedule:Day 1: Sunday - At least 3 miles of hiking today. We will depart Eugene and drive to the Newport area. We will start at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse near the Yaquina Bay Bridge, and walk a few minutes down to the Newport waterfront. We will arrive close to lunchtime so bring your lunch or plan on grabbing a bite to eat. If the Maritime Museum is open we'll stop in to see some of the exhibits (optional). Around 2 pm we'll make our way back to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, cross over to the South Beach area, then continue on Jetty Road and to South Beach State Park to our group camp. For those who want some flexibility, you are welcome to explore on your own and meet the rest of the group about 4 pm at the Group Camp. The rest of the day is free time.Day 2: Monday - 8 Miles of beach walking today. After making a quick car shuttle run, we will depart camp as a group and walk south on the beach, past the picturesque Beaver Creek at Brian Booth State Park, and continue just beyond to the Seal Rock State Recreation Site. Late that afternoon we will return to camp, enjoy a shower, and have dinner at a restaurant in Newport. The restaurant is optional.
Day 3: Tuesday - Today, we walk 8 miles (or a few miles less depending on the tide). In the morning, we break camp and drive to Seal Rock State Recreation Site to begin the walk. There are two rock outcroppings near Seal Rock which could impede our walk, if the tide is high or incoming we will drive 2.5 miles south at the Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site to start. Our walk on the beach will continue to the community of Bayshore (just north of Waldport) where we will go inland and over to the Alsea Bay Bridge. On the other side, we can take water and restroom breaks at the interpretive center. Depending on the tide we will walk on the narrow beach or a side street to the Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site where we will end the trip. If time and hunger levels allow, we will stop at a local cafe or drive a short distance to Yachats for a mea
OCT#3: Waldport to Heceta Head Cancelled
Sunday–Tuesday, July 26–28, 2020
Leader: Mark Hougardy
The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) is scenic and diverse and best experienced on foot. Mark is organizing a series of section hikes to explore the OCT. You are welcome to join all the walks or any that strike your fancy. Please note, OCT trips should be considered as exploratory; flexibility is a must. All of the section hikes are intended to be enjoyed with a daypack, and always return to a central location for tent camping, showers, etc. Trips focus on beach walking, utilizing lesser-traveled side roads and trails. Hiking next to Hwy 101 will be avoided as much as possible. To maximize beach time, and minimize highway walking, we will be car shuttling between start and end locations as needed on the trip.
This trip is a 3-day, 19-mile section hike of the OCT between Waldport and the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We will be camping at the Cape Perpetua Campground.
Signup and Payment:
A) Online signup will open Saturday, May 9, 2020.
B) Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check for $28 payable to the Obsidians and send to Mark Hougardy, 418 Heritage Oak Dr, Eugene, OR 97405. This covers the campground fee, firewood, and the trip fee.
C) The payment is non-refundable unless someone takes your place.
Day 1: Sunday - We walk 7 miles on the beach. We depart Eugene and drive to Yachats to drop off our shuttle car. Then we continue onto the Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site in Waldport and walk back on the sand to Yachats. In the late afternoon, we drive to the Cape Perpetua Campground. We have that evening to explore Cape Perpetua.
Day 2: Monday - In the morning we’ll spend a little time down at the beach seeing the sights. I the late morning we will drive a short way to Yachats and hike Amanda's Trail to the overlook at Cape Perpetua then back to the campground. The trail is 6 miles with 500 feet of elevation. The campground does not have showers so we'll have to clean up as best we can. That evening let's dine at a Yachats restaurant (we'll have to see what is open).
Day 3: Tuesday - 6 miles of beach and trail walking with a 300-foot elevation gain. We break camp and drive as a group 9 miles south. We are skipping small beach sections or areas that are too remote or tight for hiking. We could start at the Ocean Beach Picnic Area, but because of limited space and tides, we will start at Murial Ponser Memorial State Scenic Overlook. Leaving from Murial Ponser we venture south on the sand, past the Washburne rest area, to the Hobbit Trail and continue over to the Heceta Head Lighthouse. We end our walk at the nearby parking area under the picturesque Cape Creek Bridge. In the late afternoon, we return to Eugene.
Lower Columbia Kayaking Trip Cancelled
Sunday–Thursday, August 30–September 3, 2020
Leader: Emily Rice
Very Important: the total cost of this trip is estimated to be between $580 and $660; read the entire description! THE SIGNUP DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED to JUNE 20. We will be kayaking 3 days on the lower Columbia River, mostly in the estuaries, led by guides from Columbia River Kayaking. No kayaking experience is required. However, be prepared to kayak on a large river that may have some winds. We will be on the river from 4-5 hours/day. Single and double kayaks will be available for rent. On the 2nd or 3rd day, participants will have the option of visiting Cape Disappointment State Park and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center or planning their own activity. This trip is a shorter and less inclusive version of a Road Scholar kayak trip on the Lower Columbia. Visit https://www.roadscholar.org/find-an-adventure/2288/kayaking-the-lower-columbia-river-exploration-and-discovery to read more about the kayaking trips and lodging.
Plan to arrive by 4 pm on Sunday. Prior to dinner, each person will check in at the kayak shop to be fitted for kayaks and safety gear. Meals may be on your own, shared or prepared by the Duck Inn. One evening we will have a presentation on either the history or the birds of the area. Lodging for the 4 nights will be at Skamokawa Resport, Condo 3 and the Lott house (www.skamokawaresort.com). Linens and towels are provided. Both buildings have kitchens, living and dining areas, as well as a view of the river. The 2 buildings have a total of 11 beds: 4 queens and 7 singles.
A pre-trip meeting will be scheduled to discuss arrival times, food, car pooling and room assignments, etc. Sign-up starts on Sat June 20 at 7AM for members; Tues., June 23 for non-members. TOTAL cost of the trip will be between $580 and $660, depending on food arrangements. A check to cover the cost of lodging, guide tip, shared dinner food, and trip fee will be due within 5 days of signup. (Check payable to the Obsidians and sent to Emily Rice, 1615 E. 43rd Ave., Eugene, OR 97405) . This payment is non refundable unless your place is filled by someone else. The other portion of the trip cost, $307.32, will be paid directly to the kayaking company by each individual. Information on how to do this, their refund policy, and other registration information will be emailed to each participant within a day of signup. If you choose to bring your own kayak instead of renting one, the cost is the same.