The Extended Trips Committee sponsors several multi-day outings each year.  Individual members organize the outings with the assistance of the committee, so the location, activities, lodging and food arrangements can be quite varied.  Past trips have included skiing and snowshoeing at Crater Lake and in the Wallowa Mountains, birding at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and rafting the North Umpqua River.


Extended Trips

California Redwoods

Thursday–Sunday, September 27–30, 2018
Leader: Kathy Randall

This trip is based in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Elk Creek Campground (northern Calif). Campground has running water and showers available (coin operated I believe). There are lots of great hiking options in the vicinity, including: Fern Canyon, beach hiking, and numerous groves of redwoods to explore. Planned itinerary: Day 1: Drive to Prairie Creek Redwood SP with a sack lunch stop at Illinois River Forks State Park (near Cave Junction). Set up camp; explore Visitor's Center & Elk Prairie Trail. Day 2: Hike the Miner's Ridge/Fern Canyon/James irvine Loop trails; Day 3: Drive 24 miles south to Patrick's Point S.P. where we can explore the bluff trail, plus the numerous side trails to viewpoints and Agate Beach. Day 4: Break camp; hike the Cathedral Trees Loop; Stop on our way home at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to stretch legs on two co-joined 1/2-mile loops. This itinerary is the leader's suggestions; participants are free to do their own thing while at Prairie Creek..

FOOD: Potluck for Thursday evening meal. ALL OTHER MEALS ARE OWN YOUR OWN. Bring your own cook stove, cooking equipment, etc.

Members have sign-up preference for 3 days after the trip is posted. Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check payable to Obsidians ($40 members, 45 non-members) to the leader (Kathy Randall): 4495 Corona St, Eugene 97404.

The costs include the campground fee and trip fee only. The first dinner will be a group potluck. ALL OTHER MEALS ARE ON YOUR OWN. Cancellation policy: if you cancel prior to Sept 7, you will forfeit $10. If you cancel thereafter, you will forfeit the entire amount. A pre-trip meeting will be scheduled at a later time.

Shore Acres Lights, Yurts

Friday–Saturday, December 7–8, 2018
Leader: Jennifer Baer

We have 3 yurts reserved at Sunset Bay. Our first stop after leaving Eugene is a brisk 4.5 mile hike and visit to the Interpretive Center at South Slough. Our next stop is the yurts to unload the cars. We will depart shortly thereafter for a leisurely 2-mile hike along scenic cliffs to Shore Acres. The gardens have a spectacular holiday light display and a decorated house. We will don our headlamps and walk back to the yurts, enjoying the murmur of the ocean. On Saturday we will hike the trails at Cape Arago and then return to Eugene around 5PM. The yurts are heated and have 2 bunk beds and 1 futon. The bathroom is in a separate building. Included in the cost: lodging, some snacks, morning coffee and tea, and camaraderie. Members have sign-up preference for a week after the trip is posted. Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check payable to the Obsidians in the amount of $27 (members) or $32 (non-members) to Obsidians, Attention Shore Acres, PO Box 51510, Eugene OR 97405. Cancellations: If you cancel before Nov 16, you will forfeit $10. If you cancel thereafter, you will forfeit the entire amount. Parking spaces are limited; carpooling is encouraged. Trip will be cancelled if icy roads.

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