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Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

Fall 2015 Trip Schedule

Fall Term 2015 Trip Descriptions


Clackamas River Cleanup

Sunday | 9/13/15

Join us on a down-river float trip to help clean up the Clackamas River. This beautiful river is home to old-growth forests, many bird species, steelhead, and salmon. It is also a popular recreation site which means that lots of litter gets left behind. This annual events brings together hundreds of volunteers to float a section of the river and pick up litter along the way.


  • Rec Center Member: Free
  • Non-member: NA
  • Registration deadline: 9/9 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 9/9 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

French's Dome Climbing

Saturday | 10/10/15

Spend a day climbing at one of Oregon’s classic crags, French’s Dome  This location, just outside of ZigZag near Mt. Hood, offers beautiful scenery and great climbs for all skill levels.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 10/7 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/7 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Opal Creek Backpacking

Depart Saturday October 10 at 8 a.m. | Return Sunday October 11 at 6 p.m.

Spend the weekend backpacking through the majestic Opal Creek Wilderness! The trail winds its way through towering forests while paralleling the crystal waters of the aquamarine Opal Creek. This overnight backpacking trip is open to outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels. It is bound to be an enjoyable weekend for first time backpackers and experienced trekkers alike.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $75
  • Non-member: $150
  • Registration deadline: 10/7 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/7 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Primitive Skills Camping

Depart Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m. | Return Sunday, October 18 at 6 p.m.

Spend the weekend taking short hikes through a majestic part of Mt. Hood National Forest while learning skills to thrive and survive in the wilderness. Lessons include primitive camping techniques such as constructing shelters, spoon carving, fire building, cooking on an open fire, local foraging and useful knots.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $95
  • Non-member: $180
  • Registration deadline: 10/14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/7 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Columbia Slough Service & Paddling Trip

Saturday | 10/17/15

Join the Outdoor Program for a day of community service, giving back to the lifeline of the Northwest: the Columbia River.  We'll spend the first half of the day restoring the watershed and improving the habitat. Afterwards, we will paddle around on sea kayaks, exploring the environment in which we worked.
 
  • Rec Center Member: Free
  • Non-member: Members only
  • Registration deadline: 10/14 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/14 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Intro to Sport Climbing

Classes: Thursdays, 10/15-11/5 || Trip: 11/13-11/15

This rock climbing seminar starts with four sessions at the PSU climbing gym and culminates in a weekend trip to Smith Rock to practice skills in the outdoors. Over the course of five weeks, each class will focus on a different lead climbing component: lead belay, lead climbing, anchor building, and cleaning anchors to prepare new climbers for independent outdoor adventure. The session is a weekend of camping and climbing at Smith Rock, where you can apply your new skills.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $140
  • Non-member: $280
  • Registration deadline: 10/15 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Crater Lake Inclusive Camping

Depart Friday, October 23 at 2 p.m | Return Sunday, October 25 at 7 p.m.

Crater Lake is a jewel of the Pacific Northwest and considered one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders. This trip will explore Oregon’s only National Park through day hikes along the rim and beautiful wooded wilderness. This inclusive trip will stick to paved trails that are accessible to all participants. Come experience southern Oregon’s finest views, and enjoy a weekend sleeping under the stars while enjoying tasty camp meals!
 
  • Rec Center Member: $115
  • Non-member: $230
  • Registration deadline: 10/21 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/21 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Ape Caves

Saturday | 10/24/15

Join the ODP on this day hike through Ape Cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the continental United States. We’ll begin with a short hike to the entrance of the cave and then explore this lava tube by the light of headlamps. Inside the upper cave, there is some scrambling over rock piles and a small eight-foot wall, but no caving experience is needed. The hike back to the van will take us through a pine forest and past smaller lava tubes and sinkholes.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 10/21 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/21 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Mirror Lake Day Hike

Saturday | 10/31/15

Spend the day hiking in the lush Mt. Hood National Forest. From the summit of Tom Dick & Harry Mountain, we should have wonderful views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area. The trail passes by the scenic Mirror Lake, which will serve as a relaxing stop. This hike is open to all experience levels.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 10/28 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/28 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Art in the Forest Day Hike

Saturday | 10/31/15

Poets, doodlers, musicians and individuals pondering the world around them: meet the trees and rivers of the Pacific Northwest forest. First get to know your surroundings through hiking and sensory exercises meant to evoke creativity and inspire self-reflection. Then respond to your natural environment through making freeform art in the outdoors. (Participants should bring their own art supplies.)
 
  • Rec Center Member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 10/28 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/28 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Vantage Climbing

Depart Friday, November 6 at 2 p.m | Return Sunday, November 8 at 7 p.m.

Avoid the crowds at Smith Rock this fall by climbing at a lesser known (but just as awesome) crag called "Vantage" in central Washington. Spend the weekend scaling spectacular formations of columnar basalt and camping among the sage brush each night. This trip is open to climbers of all ability levels, from the absolute beginner to the experienced rock climber.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $105
  • Non-member: $210
  • Registration deadline: 11/4 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/4 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Umbrella Falls Day Hike

Saturday | 11/7/15

The Umbrella Falls loop showcases the best that Mt. Hood has to offer -- tumbling waterfalls, picturesque meadows and views of southeast flank of the volcano. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because we’ll visit both Umbrella & Sahalie Falls! This is a relatively easy five-mile hike that will take you away from the crowded trails.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 11/4 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/4 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Clack Raft

Saturday | 11/14/15

Join the Outdoor Program on a day trip down the Clackamas River, one of the most popular and easily accessible whitewater sources near Portland. This trip will pass through narrow basalt passages and wide, rolling waves just south of Estacada. The river tempo is ideal for both experienced and first-time rafters. While no previous whitewater experience is required, comfort in water is strongly encouraged for participants. Be prepared to help paddle the raft and get wet!
 
  • Rec Center Member: $35
  • Non-member: $70
  • Registration deadline: 11/12 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/12 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

Frustration Falls Day Hike

Saturday | 11/21/15

Explore one of Mt. Hood's hidden gems on a hike through the secluded Salmon River Gorge. Hike past enormous old-growth trees, a babbling brook, and stunning canyon views on the way to Frustration Falls. This secret waterfall offers views as spectacular as several other falls in the Columbia River Gorge, if you know where to find it. This hike is eight miles round trip, so expect a full day of hiking.
 
  • Rec Center Member: $25
  • Non-member: $50
  • Registration deadline: 11/18 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/18 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Winter Term 2016 Trips


Adaptive Ski Trip

Depart January 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. | Return January 30, 2016, at 8:00 p.m.

Experience beautiful Mt. Bachelor! This overnight ski trip to Bend, Oregon, is for anyone with a disability or injury that requires a modification. Oregon Adaptive Sports will provide any needed modifications such as a sit ski or a guide. Registration fee includes transportation, ski rental, lift ticket, lessons (if needed) and overnight accommodations. No previous skiing experience is necessary.

 

  • Member Price: $85
  • Non-Member Price: $160
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, 1/20/16, 5 p.m.
  • Pre-Event Meeting: 1/27/16 at 5:00 p.m.



The pre-trip meeting is a mandatory meeting and a pre-requisite for participation on all trips. All pre-trip meetings take place at the Outdoor Program unless otherwise specified. To sign up for a trip, contact the Outdoor Program at 503-725-5668 or visit the Outdoor Program office at 505 SW Harrison (SE corner of the ASRC).