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Winter 2018 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Monday, January 8. To sign up for a trip, visit the Outdoor Program office at 505 SW Harrison (SE corner of the ASRC). For additional questions, contact the Outdoor Program at 503.725.5668. 

Check out our Peru Trekking International Trip running June 20 - July 2, 2018. 

Difficulty Level Descriptions

  • Easy: Relatively low to moderate physical activity; no previous experience needed.
  • Moderate: Moderate physical activity and/ or more challenging terrain. Some previous experience is helpful but not required.
  • Difficult: Good physical conditioning required; challenging terrain and/ or environmental conditions. Previous experience or technical knowledge is strongly encouraged.

Trip Descriptions


    Tilly Jane Showshoe 

    Saturday | 1/20  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    With almost 2,000 feet of elevation gain, this moderately strenuous snowshoe trip affords the persistent winter hiker incredible views of the north slopes of Mt. Hood and evidence of the 2008 Gnarl Ridge wildfire. Learn how to use snowshoes to effectively navigate winter terrain and challenge yourself to explore this beautiful winter climb.   


    • Rec Center member: $30
    • Non-member: $60
    • Registration deadline: 1/17 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting:1/17 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Moderate

    Five Mile Butte Snowshoe 

    Saturday | 1/27  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Go walking in a winter wonderland! Come snowshoeing with the ODP to the top of Five Mile Butte for beautiful views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams (* weather permitting). Whatever the weather, we will have a great time traveling up the butte on snowshoes and seeing the winter landscape of Mt. Hood National Forest. On the return journey, we will make our way along the frozen Eight Mile Creek, and warm up with some hot cocoa back at the trailhead before returning to Portland.   


    • Rec Center member: $30
    • Non-member: $60
    • Registration deadline: 1/24 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting:1/24 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Teacup Lake Cross-Country Ski

    Sunday | 1/28  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Strap on some Nordic skis and zoom around the frozen Teacup Lake Area.  This premier cross-country ski facility provides 20 kilometers of groomed trails for us to enjoy.  Whether you are an accomplished Nordic skier or have never seen snow in your life, our knowledgeable staff is available to help you learn to have a great time sliding around on snow!


    • Rec Center member: $40
    • Non-member: $80
    • Registration deadline: 1/24 6 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting:1/24 6 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Introduction to Snow Camping

    Saturday-Sunday | 2/3 - 2/4  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Does camping in the snow sound like a silly idea? Well think again! Join us on a wonderful hike through the dreamy winter wonderland of Willamette National Forest whilst learning all the tips and tricks to stay warm and cozy in the backcountry. We will be snowshoeing around the Maxwell Butte area taking in the views of Mt. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, & Three Finger Jack. End the day with a warm fire and a cup of hot cocoa before sleeping snuggly in our sleeping bags. The terrain is relatively mellow with a couple larger hills that are a perfect challenge for most beginners. 


    • Rec Center member: $95
    • Non-member: $165
    • Registration deadline: 1/31 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting:1/31 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Trillium Lake Cross-Country Ski

    Saturday | 2/10  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Ready to take a break from homework? Come and explore the serene snow-covered wilderness of Mt. Hood while we cross-country ski around the beautiful Trillium Lake. This trip is designed for participants of all skill levels, and will feature a four-and-a-half mile ski tour around the lake with postcard-worthy views of Mt. Hood. 


    • Rec Center member: $40
    • Non-member: $80
    • Registration deadline: 2/7 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/7 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Mirror Lake Snowshoe

    Sunday | 2/11  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    This winter excursion will teach you how to snowshoe and, on a clear day, reward you with a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood. This 5.8 mile trek will provide you with an opportunity to pass by a frozen Mirror Lake and continue on to ascend Tom Dick and Harry Mountain for a stunning view of the surrounding snow-filled landscape. We will talk about the history of the area as well as how we can reduce our impact on the environment.


    • Rec Center member: $40
    • Non-member: $80
    • Registration deadline: 2/7 6 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/7 6 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Introduction to Backcountry Cooking 

    Saturday-Sunday | 2/17-2/18  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    For anyone interested in learning how to turn ramen into a fine-dining experience or how to prepare delicious meals in the backcountry, this trip is for you! Join the ODP to learn the basics of cooking in the backcountry with all the tips and tricks you’ll need to make well rounded meals for yourself or your group. Gain the skills you’ll need to create your own gourmet backcountry menu from the comfort of our luxurious camp kitchen. In between all the cooking and eating, we’ll take some time to explore nearby trails.


    • Rec Center member: $95
    • Non-member: $165
    • Registration deadline: 2/14 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/14 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Adaptive Ski Trip

    Friday-Saturday | 2/23-2/24 | 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    This overnight ski trip to Hoodoo (near Sisters, OR) is for anyone with a qualifying condition. Oregon Adaptive Sports will provide any needed modifications, such as a sit ski or a guide. The trip cost includes transportation, ski rental, lift ticket, lessons if needed, as well as overnight accommodations. No previous skiing experience is necessary! *Some restrictions apply; please speak with staff to learn more.*


    • Rec Center member: $120
    • Non-member: $240
    • Registration deadline: 2/21 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/21 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Clatsop Spit Hike 

    Sunday | 2/25 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Join the Outdoor Program in exploring the spit of sand where mouth of the mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean! Shifting tides and changing dunes have caused this spot to be known as the Graveyard of the Pacific; since 1800, this stretch of beach is infamous for having caused more than 2,000 shipwrecks. There are many places to explore here, including the wreck of the Peter Iredale on the beach, to the South Jetty, and the Fort to Sea Trail. 


    • Rec Center member: $30
    • Non-member: $60
    • Registration deadline: 2/21 6 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/21 6 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Mclver Park Trailbuilding Day

    Saturday | 3/3 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Join the Outdoor Program and Trailkeepers of Oregon for a work party in McIver State Park. This park is located on the Clackamas River near Estacada and features over 14 miles of trails for hikers and horseback riders. We’ll be working on the Maple Ridge Trail, one of the most popular trails in this state park. It is in need of maintenance to address a 2016 slide, as well as rerouting two trail segments around a drainage in the lower sections of the trail.


    • Rec Center member: Free
    • Non-member: N/A
    • Registration deadline: 2/28 5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/28 5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Clackamas Rafting 

    Sunday | 3/4 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Rushing down from Olallie Butte through the great Cascade Mountains and old growth forests, the Clackamas River is both scenic and exhilarating. Join us on this classic day trip; one of the most popular and easily accessible whitewater runs close to Portland. This stretch of the river will take us through narrow basalt passages and wide, rolling waves just south of Estacada. The river tempo is ideal for both experienced and first-time rafters, and 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: $40
    • Non-member:$80
    • Registration deadline: 2/28 6p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 2/28 6 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Tillamook Head Backpack

    Saturday-Sunday | 3/10 - 3/11 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Join us for two days of hiking along Oregon’s lovely coastline in Ecola State Park. Hike through lush old growth forest to views of the magnificent Pacific Ocean and spend a night listening to the sounds of the crashing surf. This trip is a must for anyone new to the magnificent Oregon outdoors!


    • Rec Center member: $95
    • Non-member:$165
    • Registration deadline: 3/7  5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 3/7  5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Cape Lookout Hike 

    Saturday | 3/17 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Take a look at the Pacific Ocean from above! This easy out-and-back hike wanders through giant coastal trees, dripping ferns, and stunning views of cliffs surrounding the Cape Lookout peninsula. At the end of the muddy trail is the tip of the cape, where we’ll find a wide-open view of the Pacific Ocean. With any luck, we might spot some sea birds, seals, or migrating whales! The hike is a jewel of the Oregon Coast, beautiful and lush in any weather. 


    • Rec Center member: $30
    • Non-member:$60
    • Registration deadline: 3/14  5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 3/14  5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Easy

    Wilderness First Responder Course 

    Saturday - Sunday | 3/24 - 4/1 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. This 9 day course is provided by the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute; those who successfully complete the course will receive a WFR certification valid for two years. To enroll for the course, visit:   


    • Rec Center member: $625
    • Non-member:$725
    • Registration deadline: N/A
    • Pre-trip meeting: N/A
    • Difficulty: N/A

    Raft Guide School 

    Sunday-Saturday | 3/25 - 3/31 | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Raft Guide School is for those who want to learn the skills needed to guide their own raft on whitewater rivers or seek employment as a raft guide. This seven day course will give you hands-on practice of guide skills including reading water, paddle strokes, rescue scenarios, trip logistics, and lots of time in the guide seat. Be prepared to work hard and have lots of fun as we explore a variety of rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Trip costs include transportation, equipment, camping, most meals, and experienced guides.    


    • Rec Center member: $595
    • Non-member:$695
    • Registration deadline: 3/21  5 p.m. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: 3/21  5 p.m. ASRC 180
    • Difficulty: Moderate


    Ski Shuttle

    Weekends | 2/11, 2/24, 3/3  | 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Join the Outdoor Program at Mt. Hood Meadows this winter! We will provide your round-trip transportation and have two different package options available for on the mountain:


    Learn to Ski or Snowboard: This Beginner's Special includes a 2 hour lesson, equipment rental (including helmet), and lift ticket for the southside lifts.

    All access lift pass: (No equipment is included but discounted rentals are available).

    Early Bird Cost for either package is $80 for ASRC members, $100 for non-members.

    All prices increase $10 for week-of event registration. *Non-members must have a member sponsor who is also participating. 

    Bus Ride: And, if you have your own pass, members pay $20 (or $30 for non-members) just the bus ride.


    • Rec Center member: $80
    • Non-member: $100
    • Registration deadline: 2/9 at 5 p.m. for 2/11 trip. 2/23 at 5 p.m. for 2/24 trip. 3/2 at 5 p.m. for 3/3 trip. 
    • Pre-trip meeting: N/A
    • Difficulty: N/A

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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, visit the Outdoor Program office at 505 SW Harrison (SE corner of the ASRC). For additional questions, contact the Outdoor Program at 503.725.5668. Registration begins Monday, January 8. 

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider, operating under a Special Use Permit with the Mt. Hood National Forest.