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Hike Schedule
(including distances/altitude gains)

Most trips start at 8:30 a.m. at South Eugene High School's parking lot at 19th Ave. and Patterson St.
Upon registration, trip leaders will confirm times and meeting places.
Questions may be directed to
 otrials@obsidians.org.

Monday, June 23
Washburne/China Creek Loops - An easy coastal hike along the surf and tide pools, up the Hobbit Trail and along a babbling brook through the forest. (5 miles/400 ft.) 

Tuesday, June 24
Kentucky Falls - Discover three of the Coast Range’s most spectacular waterfalls in an easy hike that descends into a magnificent remote rainforest (return is, of course, uphill).
(4.4 miles/800 ft.)

Wednesday, June 25
Clear Lake - An easy hike around a pristine mountain lake. Cross ancient lava flow and see where the McKenzie River is born. Scan the sky for eagles and osprey.
(5.5 miles/200 ft.)

Thursday, June 26 (2 Hikes)
Brice Creek - Follow a lovely creek under a canopy of old growth forest past small pools and waterfalls.  Leader has two easy to moderate hike options -- a 5.5-mile (600 ft.) one-way hike involving a car shuttle or a 11-mile (1,200 ft.)“out-and-back” trip along the same trail.
Spencer Butte - Towering over Eugene, Spencer Butte tops the city’s south hills.  This moderately difficult hike starts at the headwaters of Amazon Creek and follows the Ridgeline Trail.
(6 miles/1,600 ft.)

Friday, June 27 (Morning Urban Hikes)
Delta Ponds - Naturalist Rick Ahrens guides hikers through an easy meandering tour of the ponds’ abundant vegetation, waterfowl and other animal life.
Pre’s Rock - At the time of his death, Steve Prefontaine held all the American records from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.  The easy hike to Pre’s Memorial (and nearby Hendricks Park) has become a pilgrimage for many track fans.
(3.5 miles/300 ft.)

Saturday, June 28 (Morning Urban Hikes)
Mt. Pisgah -  A very popular hike done several times a week by many locals, this route climbs from a wonderful arboretum along the Willamette River to pinnacle featuring Ken Keysey's  fascinating memorial to his son Jeb.
(3 miles/1,000 ft.)
Library to Skinner Butte - A wandering tour of downtown Eugene, including the colorful Saturday Market, historic landmarks and a great overview of Eugene from the top of the city’s northern butte.
(3-4 miles/250 ft.)
 
Sunday, June 29 (Morning Urban Hike)
River Walk/Pre’s Trail - Steve Prefontaine liked the soft running paths he saw in Scandinavia.   Following his death a similar path was created in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park. This easy walk combines Pre’s Trail with a portion of our wonderful riverside trail. 
(4 miles/no altitude gain)

Monday, June 30 (Morning Urban Hike)
Amazon Headwaters to Raptor Center - An easy hike up the Amazon Headwaters Trail to the Eugene Raptor Center, where naturalist Rick Ahrens will talk turkey with eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and other birds of the Pacific Northwest. 
(3 miles/500 ft.)

Tuesday, July 1 (2 Hikes)
Washburne Loop/Hobbit Trail/Lighthouse - Similar to the June 23rd hike, but a little more difficult with additional climb to Heceta Head Lighthouse (picture right). Tour lighthouse and look out for whales.
(5.5 miles/800 ft.)
Little Belknap - A moderately difficult hike along the Pacific Crest Trail following a lava flow to its source in a cave atop Little Belknap. Great Cascade vistas.  Hike subject to cancellation or change if trail not open yet for summer.
(5.2 miles/1,100 ft.)

Wednesday, July 2
Iron Mountain - Wildflowers, Cascade panoramas and more wildflowers.  Moderately difficult trail steadily climbs through old growth forest with huge variety of trees and plant species
(6.6 miles/1.900 ft.)
Cancelled due to late snow.

Thursday, July 3 (Morning Urban Hike)
Pre’s Rock - Repeat of June 23rd hike

Friday, July 4
Butte to Butte Race/No Hikes Scheduled

Saturday, July 5 (Morning Urban Hike)
Island Park to Autzen Bridge - We’ll take the Em-X (our version of “rapid transit”) to Springfield and then walk back via Island Park, Alton Baker Park, Willamette River Trail and along part of Pre’s Trail. (about 5 miles/no altitude gain)

Sunday, July 6 (Morning Urban Hike)
“Animal House” - See where some of the filming was done, where some of the madcap antics were supposed to have taken place. An easy 3-5 mile stroll.  Togas optional!
 
Monday, July 7
Washburne/China Creek Loops - Repeat of June 23rd hike

Tuesday, July 8
Rigdon Meadows/Indigo & Chuckle Springs - Learn a bit of pioneer history on the old Oregon Central Military Wagon Road while exploring beautiful forest trails along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Moderately difficult hike with some tricky creek crossings (6.3 miles/400 ft.). Leader may opt for an easier 4.2-mile/200 ft. hike. Cancelled

Wednesday, July 9
Gwynn Creek, Cape Perpetua - Magnificent vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean (see a whale?) await hikers on this moderately difficult trail.  Includes a stop at the visitor center and short side trips to the “blow hole” and overlook (where WWII spotters watched for Japanese subs). (7 miles/1,100 ft.)  Cancelled

Thursday, July 10
Salt Creek Falls - Second highest waterfall in Oregon, atop Willamette Pass.  Easy trail loops from top of Salt Creek Falls along canyon rim to lacy Diamond Falls.
(3.4 miles/400 ft.)

Friday, July 11
Lowder Mountain - Have your lunch overlooking twin lakes a thousand feet below and, on a clear day, see every Cascade peak from Mt. Hood in north to Diamond in south, with the Three Sisters right in front! Moderate difficulty.  Cancelled
(6 miles/900 ft.)

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