Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

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 Winter 2019 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Monday, January 7. 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. 

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 Description

Tilly Jane Showshoe
Saturday | 1/19 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Embark on a hike to the historic Tilly Jane A-Frame on the north side of Mount Hood. This moderate snowshoe ascends 2,000 feet (610 meters), traveling along Doe Creek before climbing through fire-scarred forests. Weather permitting, there are incredible views of Mt Hood, the Columbia River Valley, and maybe even the high desert beyond the Cascades. Join us for a rewarding and scenic winter adventure on the less-traveled side of this majestic Cascade peak!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 1/16 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Frog Lake Butte Snowshoe
Saturday | 1/26 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

The frogs might be hibernating, but Frog Lake is open for adventure! Join us on a snowshoe trek that travels past two lakes, through woodlands to the top of Frog Lake Butte, and enjoy the peace and wonderland that is Mount Hood National Forest. Weather permitting we may catch some beautiful views of Mt. Hood. Come escape from the city for the day and enjoy crisp mountain air and scenic winter views.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 1/23 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cascade Head Hike
Saturday | 2/2 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

This is one of the truly amazing places on the Oregon Coast. These lands were saved from development and preserved by the Nature Conservancy for hikers and explorers to enjoy, so let’s go see why! This trail offers spectacular views, rolling meadows, streams, and lush coastal forest. There are even occasionally sightings of elk and bald eagles so keep your eyes peeled! Get out of the city for the day and take in the amazing sights of the coast.  

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 1/30 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Barlow Pass Snowshoe
Sunday | 2/3 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Join us for an excursion through the snowy Mt. Hood National Forest on snowshoes! We will begin from Barlow Pass Sno Park, tromp along the Pacific Crest Trail to the Palmateer Viewpoint, from which we will hopefully glimpse the majestic south side of our local volcano. This will make a great lunch spot and opportunity to encounter some wildlife. Don’t let the gray jays steal your sandwich! Afterwards we will return via a slightly different route along the historic Barlow Road back to the van. No previous experience or special equipment necessary. 

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 1/30 at 6 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Trillium Lake Cross-Country Skiing
Saturday | 2/9 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Trillium Lake is one of the quintessential nature experiences of the area. On this trip, we will ski a loop that takes us through the forest, around the lake, across a meadow, and back again. We will stop for lunch in the middle of the day, which will be a great time for pictures as well. No previous experience or special equipment necessary. Come with what you need to stay warm and dry in the snow, ski for several hours, and enjoy some tranquility.

 

  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 2/6 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Adaptive Ski Trip
Friday-Saturday | 2/15-2/16 | 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. | 

This overnight ski trip to Hoodoo (near Sisters, OR) is for anyone with a disability or injury that requires a modification. Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) 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/Pre-trip meeting: 2/13 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Teacup Lake Cross-Country Skiing
Sunday | 2/17 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Do you like cross country skiing?! Never tried it before? No problem, we are here to give you all the little tips and tricks of the sport. If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, come cross country ski with the Outdoor Program. Teacup Lake offers a wide variety of groomed trails perfect for learning or honing your skills. All levels are welcome, whether you are an accomplished Nordic skier or never been on the snow in your life. Thisis a great environment to learn how to cross country ski. Come out and have a day of fun with us!

 

  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 2/13 at 6 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Intro to Winter Camping
Saturday-Sunday | 2/23-2/24 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Are you ready to embrace winter? Join the ODP to learn how to take your love of wilderness and camping to the next level! During our Introduction to Winter Camping adventure, you will learn how to survive and thrive in cold environments. We will teach snow-specific camping techniques that will allow you to travel, cook, sleep, and play in this environment while staying hydrated, energized and safe. The trip cost includes transportation, trip leaders, meals, and all necessary equipment.

 

  • Rec Center member: $95
  • Non-member: $170
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 2/20 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Estuary Extravaganza Kayak
Saturday-Sunday | 3/2-3/3 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Come and be where the rivers meet the sea! Join us for two days of kayaking in the estuaries of the Salmon and Alsea Rivers. Together we will come to understand the diverse and fragile ecosystems that are estuaries and experience their beauty. Imagine yourself floating on the edge of the ocean where salt water meets sweet, and then come make it a reality. Recharge with the group in the evening as we camp near the coast. The trip cost includes transportation, trip leaders, camping, meals, and all necessary equipment.

 

  • Rec Center member: $95
  • Non-member: $170
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 2/27 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Columbia Gorge Service Trip
Saturday | 3/9 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

In September 2017, Oregonians and Washingtonians were devastated by the fires that ravaged large swaths of the Columbia River Gorge. This uniquely beautiful place is an icon of the Pacific Northwest and has always been a favorite trip destination for the PSU Outdoor Program. By working with Trailkeepers of Oregon to clear downed limbs and fill in burn holes, we can help get these trails reopened. With our efforts (and a bit of time), we’ll be helping to restore this area to a place where we can all enjoy again.

 

  • Rec Center member: Free
  • Non-member: N/A
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 3/6 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Silver Falls Day Hike
Sunday | 3/10 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

Silver Falls State Park is the crown jewel of the Oregon State Parks system, being both Oregon's largest State Park and boasting one of the highest density of waterfalls anywhere in the northwest. We’ll walk around, above, and behind 10 breathtaking waterfalls, half of which are more than 100 feet (30 meters) tall. Additionally, the trail showcases one of the broadest collections of flora in the state.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 3/6 at 6 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Easy

Coyote Wall Day Hike
Saturday | 3/16 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | 

A massive formation of columnar basalt, Coyote Wall is one of the Columbia River Gorge’s most recognizable features from all directions. Come enjoy the expansive views, the grassy slopes, oak woodlands, and the geological splendor of this location. Located on the Washington side of the Gorge and on the drier side of the Cascades, we may get some great views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and the entire eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge. Take a break from preparing for finals and get outside for the day!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 3/13 at 5 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Raft Guide School
Sunday-Friday | 3/24-3/29 | 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. | 

Raft Guide School is designed 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 six 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: $695
  • Non-member: $795
  • Registration deadline/Pre-trip meeting: 3/13 at 6 p.m. at the ODP office 
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Wilderness First Responder Course
Saturday - Sunday | 3/23 – 3/31 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | ASRC
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: https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/13794/

 

  • Rec Center member: $625
  • Non-member: $725
  • Registration deadline: N/A 
  • 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. 

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