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

Shore Acres Lights, Yurts

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

Pre-trip meeting December 5, @ Hideaway Bakery, @ approximately 11:30am. 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.

Shelter Cove XC Ski and Snowshoe

Tuesday–Thursday, February 5–7, 2019
Leader: Chris Shuraleff

Three days, two nights at the beautiful Shelter Cove Resort at Odell Lake on the Willamette Pass. Go cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoeing or curl up by the fireplace and enjoy. Various snow activities for all levels will be discussed at pre-trip meeting on Jan. 10th, 6pm at the lodge. Car pooling and rooms will also be addressed. Cost: Members $120. Non Members $125 (includes 2 nights, 2 dinners, trip fee and parking). Mail checks payable to Obsidians to: Chris Shuraleff, 34790 Matthews Rd,Eugene 97405 within 5 days of signing up. The payment is non-refundable unless your place is filled by someone else. The departure places will be determined by the carpool participants.

Elk Lake XC Ski and Snowshoe

Wednesday–Friday, March 13–15, 2019
Leader: Lana Lindstrom

Elk Lake Resort ( is 11 miles west of Mt Bachelor on Cascade Lakes Highway which is not plowed in the winter. Three snow vans will meet us at the Dutchman Flats Snow-park; they will transport our gear, food, and whatever distance participants want to ride. Some folks may want to ski all 11 miles; others may prefer to be dropped off at the 7 mile point (or wherever) and snow shoe in 4 miles. Once there, we can ski/snowshoe around 7 mile Elk Lake or continue west on the road. We will stay in spacious, new cabins #22 and 26. Dinners and continental breakfasts prepared by participants are included. Lunches are not included. Cost: $210 for members; $215 for non-members. Cancellation: If you cancel before Feb 13, the fee less $20 will be refunded. Thereafter, no refund unless someone takes your place. Registration opens Saturday, January 19 for members; January 22 for non-members. Within 5 days of signing up, mail your check payable to Obsidians to Lana Lindstrom, PO Box 5506, Eugene, OR 97405. A pre-trip meeting will be scheduled at a later time. The departure places will be determined by the carpool participants.

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