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Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

Memorial Day Outdoor Equipment Rent Special. Friday, May 26 - Tuesday, May 30

Spring 2017 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Monday, April 3. 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).

Trip Descriptions

Silver Falls Day Hike

Saturday | 4/15/2017 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Bust out the hiking boots and binoculars! Let’s take a hike together shaded by Douglas fir and cedar. Enjoy this mellow hike along the creek to a 178-foot tall waterfall. Be sure to bring your camera as opportunities abound to capture the spectacular scenery along the trail.


  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 4/12 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 4/12 at 5 p.m.

Dog Mountain Day Hike

Saturday | 4/22/2017 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make Dog Mountain one of the most beautiful hikes in the Gorge. Views of Mt. Hood, the mountains of the Columbia River Gorge, and the surrounding wildflowers will encourage us up this steep climb.  This is a fairly strenuous hike with steep elevation gain so come prepared to get sweaty!


  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 4/19 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 4/19 at 5 p.m.

Veteran's Mt. St. Helens Climb

Friday-Saturday | 4/28- 4/29 | 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

This trip to the majestic Mount St. Helens is open to veterans, service members and dependents. We will bivy at the base of the mountain Friday night, and start early Saturday morning on an attempt to reach the 8,328 summit. This trip is a strenuous 10 mile hike with some scrambling over rock piles involved and the potential for a lot of snow.



  • Rec Center member: Free for Veterans, Service Members and Dependents
  • Non-member : N/A
  • Registration deadline: 4/26 at 6 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 4/26 at 6 p.m. 

Oregon Coast Quest

Saturday-Sunday | 4/29- 4/30 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tide pools, gulls, seals, caves, beach hikes and even a lighthouse!? This trip has it all! Take a weekend to experience the interactive and stunning nature of Yaquina Head, Beverly Beach and Devil’s Punch Bowl, all located a few miles up the coast from Newport. Saturday afternoon will be spent exploring Yaquina Head’s amazing wildlife and history. The evening will be spent camping at Beverly Beach State Park, taking a walk on the beach and enjoying a sunset over the ocean. Sunday morning, it’s tidepooling and visiting the inside of the Devil’s Punchbowl at Otter Rock before returning to Portland. Make sure you don’t forget your sense of adventure!


  • Rec Center member: $95
  • Non-member : $190
  • Registration deadline: 4/26 at 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 4/26 at 5 p.m. 

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Seaside Inclusive Kayak

Sunday | 5/7/2017 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Come join us for a scenic day of kayaking and exploring the Necanicum River in the coastal town of Seaside.  We will explore the wetlands and tidal estuaries of the river and enjoy the fresh coastal air.  If time allows, we will have a chance to take in the Pacific views from the beachside promenade.  This trip is designed for all abilities and for all participants!


  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 5/3 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/3 at 5 p.m.


Tahkenitch Dunes Backpacking

Saturday - Sunday | 5/13 - 5/14 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Join the Outdoor Program for a beginner-friendly backpacking trip in the Siuslaw National Forest. Adventure among the wind-sculpted, ever-changing sand dunes of Oregon, the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Learn about backpacking systems, backcountry cooking, and how to apply Leave No Trace principles to this unique environment while enjoying time for reflection, good company, and fresh, ocean air.


  • Rec Center member: $95
  • Non-member: $190
  • Registration deadline: 5/10 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/10 at 5 p.m.

Disability Resource Center Trillium Lake SUP

Saturday | 5/20 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

With fantastic views of Mt. Hood, Trillium Lake is one of the premiere spots to recreate in Oregon.  Join the Outdoor Program for a day of standup paddling, meditation, and reflection while practicing your balance and flat-water travel techniques.  If interested, visit the Disability Resource Center for information or to sign up.  


  • Rec Center member: Free for students registered with the DRC
  • Non-member: N/A
  • Registration deadline: 5/17 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/17 at 5 p.m.

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Hamilton Mountain Wildflower Hike

Sunday | 5/21 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Explore spring wildflowers, two waterfalls, dramatic basalt cliffs, and striking views from the summit of Hamilton Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge. This moderately challenging hike will wind upwards through forest and meadow to a view of the surrounding mountains, river below, and the Bonneville Dam. We will be stopping to identify flowers we spot along the way. Floral-print clothing encouraged.


  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 5/16 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/16 at 6 p.m.

Ecola Coast Day Hike

Saturday | 5/27 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Escape from the stress of school for a day of roaming the Oregon Coast!  Journey into the lush woods of Ecola State Park, take in striking views, and wander the beach in search of sea life in the tide pools on Crescent Beach. All experience levels can enjoy this mellow hike.   


  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 5/24 at 5 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/24 at 5 p.m.


Clackamas Rafting

Sunday | 5/28 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rushing down from Olallie Lake through the great Cascade Mountains and into beautiful basalt rock and old growth forests, the Clackamas River is both scenic and exhilarating. Join us on this classic run of the Pacific Northwest as we raft from Three Lynx Power Station to the North Fork Reservoir on an adventurous day trip – conveniently located in nearby Estacada.


  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 5/24 at 6 p.m.
  • Pre-trip meeting: 5/24 at 6 p.m.

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    Climb and Camp Oregon

    Friday-Sunday | 6/2- 6/4 | 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    Enjoy a weekend of climbing and camping in Mt. Hood National Forest. With two nights of camping and two days of climbing there is plenty of time to build on your climbing skills while enjoying a weekend camping adventure. We'll climb one day on the east side of Mt. Hood at the rocky crag of Bulo Point and spend our second day at the andesite crag of French’s Dome where Mt. Hood can be seen at the top of your climb.


    • Rec Center member: $125
    • Non-member: $250
    • Registration deadline: 5/31 at 5 p.m.
    • Pre-trip meeting: 5/31 at 5 p.m.

      Cape Lookout Day Hike

      Saturday | 6/10 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

      As the sun starts to peek back out from the clouds, let’s head out to the Oregon Coast for a hike to Cape Lookout! With sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and a meandering path through the dense Sitka spruce forest, this is a beginner-friendly hike with beautiful views and the smell of salt in the air.


      • Rec Center member: $30
      • Non-member: $60
      • Registration deadline: 6/7 at 5 p.m.
      • Pre-trip meeting: 6/7 at 5 p.m.

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        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).