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Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

Fall 2017 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Thursday, September 21. 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).

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

    Battle Ax Mountain

    Saturday | 10/7 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Come adventure on one of the most scenic loops in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. This 6 mile loop has impressive rock formations, lush tarns, and sweeping views of the Cascade Mountain Range. At the summit, you will see the remains of a demolished fire lookout, and with high visibility, you can identify eleven volcanoes in the distance. This trail has a lot of elevation gain, so be prepared for a more strenuous hike.  


    • Rec Center member: $30

    • Non-member: $60

    • Registration deadline: 10/4 at 5 p.m.

    • Pre-trip meeting: 10/4 at 5 p.m.
    • Difficulty: Moderate

      French's Dome Rock Climbing 

      Saturday | 10/14 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

      French’s Dome is a lone andesite crag located on the flanks of Mt. Hood near the town of Zig Zag, Oregon. Routes range in height from 80ft. to 160ft., and provide an excellent range of both beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbing opportunities. We will be doing some beginner / intermediate climbs, and have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in a very scenic, quiet, and tranquil setting. The views of Mt. Hood at the top of each climb are spectacular, whilst spending time in the trees around the base of the wall invokes a feeling of solitude in the old-growth forest.


      • Rec Center member: $40

      • Non-member : $80

      • Registration deadline: 10/11 at 5 p.m. 

      • Pre-trip meeting: 10/11 at 5 p.m. 
      • Difficulty: Easy

        Willamette Falls Kayak Tour

        Sunday | 10/15 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

        Join us for a day of urban kayaking on the Willamette River.  We will explore the rich history and ecology of the river and have a chance to view Willamette Falls from a unique perspective. In addition to seeing the second largest waterfall in the US, you may catch a glimpse of leaping salmon or the majestic Blue Heron. 


        • Rec Center member: $40

        • Non-member : $80

        • Registration deadline: 10/11 at 6 p.m. 

        • Pre-trip meeting: 10/11 at 6 p.m. 
        • Difficulty: Easy

        Ollalie Lake Backpack

        Saturday-Sunday | 10/21 - 10/22 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

        This beginner level, moderately difficult overnight backpacking trip will wind through sub-alpine wilderness near Ollalie Lake. The area lies in the volcanic Cascade mountain range, between Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood. Lots of tiny, pretty lakes dot the forest, making for a rich landscape, and views of nearby Mt. Jefferson, Olallie Butte, and Pyramid Butte abound.


        • Rec Center member: $95

        • Non-member: $165

        • Registration deadline: 10/18 at 5 p.m.

        • Pre-trip meeting: 10/18 at 5 p.m.
        • Difficulty: Easy

          Larch Mountain Mushroom Hike

          Saturday | 10/28 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

          Did you know that the largest organism in the world is a mushroom, and it lives in Oregon? While we won’t see that one specifically, we’ll meet and greet the many varieties of Oregon mushrooms that poke their heads out of the earth every fall. Our trail will wind around Larch Mountain, which hovers over the Colombia River Gorge just east of Portland. As we spot fungi, we’ll stop to identify together, and learn about different types of mushrooms. Beginners and experts alike are welcome!


          • Rec Center member: $30

          • Non-member: $60

          • Registration deadline: 10/25 at 5 p.m.

          • Pre-trip meeting: 10/25 at 5 p.m.
          • Difficulty: Easy

            Columbia River Gorge Tour 

            Sunday | 10/29 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Enjoy a steep hike up to the top of one of Washington’s most recognizable features, Beacon Rock, and then treat yourself to a stroll through Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This day-long tour of the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge will be filled with beautiful views of Oregon from afar all while learning about rock formation and wildlife conservation. This trip does include a lot of stair climbing (and a bit of exposure) so be ready to break a sweat! 


            • Rec Center member: $30

            • Non-member: $60

            • Registration deadline: 10/25 at 6 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 10/25 at 6 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Easy


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            Beverly Beach Inclusive Camping 

            Saturday-Sunday | 11/4 - 11/5 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Come explore Beverly Beach State Park on an overnight trip with the ODP!  This stretch of coast features prominent landmarks such as the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Devils Punch Bowl, as well as long sandy beaches and tidepools. We’ll be spending the night in a yurt, for a little extra comfort and warmth. Activities are designed to allow members of all ability to participate and recreate in their own way.  


            • Rec Center member: $110

            • Non-member: $180

            • Registration deadline: 11/1 at 5 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 11/1 at 5 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Easy

            Deschutes Multi-Day Raft Trip

            Friday-Sunday | 11/10 - 11/12 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Campus is closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day. Take advantage of the long weekend by experiencing the river in a whole new way with this whitewater camping trip. Flowing from Little Lava Lake in the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes River is one of Oregon’s most famous, and fun, rivers.  We will pack up our rafts with everything we need for 3 days and two nights of rafting and camping fun and then head downriver for a mix of exciting whitewater and mellow floating.  We will talk about the history of the area as well as riparian ecology, hydrology, geology, the local flora and fauna. 


            • Rec Center member: $200

            • Non-member: $330

            • Registration deadline: 11/8 at 5 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 11/8 at 5 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Easy

            Storm the Saddle! 

            Saturday | 11/18  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Take a day off from busy city life and get out for an excellent hike up Saddle Mountain for a stunning view of the Clatsop forest and beyond. On the way up, we will be working with maps and compasses to learn basic orienteering that can be used for every-day hikes and adventures. We will pass through forests of alders, firs, and spruce, while learning about the diversity of the ecosystem. The meadows leading to the summit give grand vistas, and time will be made here for quiet reflection or meditation. On the way down, we’ll practice our orienteering skills in small groups off of the trail, and return to Portland feeling refreshed and more knowledgeable about the great outdoors than ever before.


            • Rec Center member: $30

            • Non-member: $60

            • Registration deadline: 11/15 at 5 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 11/15 at 5 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Easy

            Umbrella Falls

            Sunday | 11/19  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Tired of school already? Come with the ODP to explore the lush rainforest and beautiful meadows on the Umbrella Falls trail, and forget about your troubles for the day! 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 5 mile hike that will take you away from the crowded trails. 


            • Rec Center member: $30

            • Non-member: $60

            • Registration deadline: 11/15 at 6 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 11/15 at 6 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Easy

            Cape Horn

            Saturday | 12/2  | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

            Described as one of the top 10 hikes in the area, Cape Horn offers spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, as well as waterfalls and rocky crags. This is a moderately strenuous 7 mile hike with a good bit of elevation gain & loss. Exercise boosts mental fitness and can help manage stress, so come take a hike with the ODP and get ready for finals! 


            • Rec Center member: $30

            • Non-member: $60

            • Registration deadline: 11/29 at 5 p.m.

            • Pre-trip meeting: 11/29 at 5 p.m.
            • Difficulty: Moderate

            W.F.R. Recertification 

            Friday-Sunday | 12/8 - 12/10  | 8 a.m. - 6 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. To enroll, please visit:

            *Must have WFR certification from a recognize certifying organization. Recertification only. 


            • Rec Center member: $275

            • Non-member: $310

            • 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, contact the Outdoor Program at 503.725.5668 or visit the Outdoor Program office at 505 SW Harrison (SE corner of the ASRC).

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