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

Women's Olallie Lake Kayak

Tuesday–Thursday, September 11–13, 2018
Leader: Patricia Esch

Olallie Lake Resort is a high mountain rustic resort in Mt Hood Natl Forest. There are several shallow lakes and hiking trails. We will stay in cabins and one large yurt. There are not enough beds, but there is room for small RVs, one tent and cots. There is no running water or bathrooms inside the units; stoves, light and heat are propane, kerosene or wood stove. The resort is approximately a 3 hour drive from Eugene with the last 6 miles a rough, gravel road. Members have sign-up preference for the first 48 hours. Within 5 days of signing up, mail a check for the full amount payable to the Obsidians to Pat Esch, 1555 Monterey Av, Eugene 97401. The cost includes lodging, use of facilities and trip fees. The entire fee is forfeited if you cancel after Aug. 10 unless someone takes your place. Additional information in the June Bulletin or

California Redwoods

Friday–Sunday, September 28–30, 2018
Leader: Kathy Randall

This trip is based in Prairie Creek State Park, Elk Creek Campground. There's lots of great hiking in the vicinity and lots of redwoods. MORE DESCRIPTION. 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, 4495 Corona St, Eugene 97404.

The costs include the campground fee and trip fee only. The first dinner will be potluck and the next two 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. The next step 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. And then we will walk back to the yurts by starlight and headlamps. The next day, we will hike the trails at Cape Arago and then return to Eugene around 5PM. The yurts are heated, have 2 bunk beds, but no bathroom. 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 the leader, 4475 Pinecrest Dr, Eugene 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.

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