Outdoor Program's Trip Schedule

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 Fall 2018 Trip Schedule

Registration begins Monday, September 17. 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 Descriptions

Tom Dick & Harry Mountain Hike 
Saturday | 10/6 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Spend a day exploring this popular trail in Mt. Hood National Forest. This hike begins in deep forest before coming out at the serene Mirror Lake. From here, we will continue up to the summit of Tom Dick & Harry Mountain, which on a clear day offers wonderful views of Mt. Hood and the surrounding area. This trip is considered moderate; it is 5.8 miles (9.3 km) roundtrip with 1,700 ft (518 m) of elevation gain.

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 10/3, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/3, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate

 

Broughtons Bluff Rock Climb 
Sunday | 10/7 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join us for a day of rock climbing at Broughton Bluff, on the edge of Columbia River Gorge. This is a beautiful location above Lewis & Clark State Park, nestled at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia Rivers. Shade is ample as the cliffs are hidden within a forest of deciduous trees which will be changing colors this time of year. A short drive to the park will be followed by a brief-but-steep approach to the cliff. From there, we will set up our climbing site for the day at the base of the Hanging Gardens Wall. This trip is open to people of all climbing levels; no previous experience is necessary.

 

  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 10/3, 6 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/3, 6 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

Old Growth on the Coast 
Saturday-Sunday | 10/13 – 10/14 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In the process of developing the State of Oregon, logging has deforested much of the coast’s old growth forests. But not all of them! Come find the majesty of the coast among some of its last standing old growth trees at Cape Perpetua and on Cummins Creek Ridge during this two-day hiking extravaganza! Escape the city and find your peace while hiking; take in the spectacular views and learn about these titans of the forest. This trip is designed for all abilities and for all participants and can be easily modified to accommodate disabilities.  

 

  • Rec Center member: $105
  • Non-member: $195
  • Registration deadline: 10/10, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/10, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Easy


Columbia Gorge Service Trip 
Saturday | 10/20 | 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: 10/17, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/17, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate

 

Scappoose Bay Kayak
Sunday | 10/21 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join the ODP for this exploration of the watery wilderness of Scappoose Bay. This 85,000 acre area is a refuge for a diverse range of migratory birds, fish and wildlife. On this adventure, we may observe osprey, eagles, geese, heron, turtles, salamanders and more throughout the wetland. With numerous channels, inlets, wetlands and waterways to explore, you never know what you might see next.

 

  • Rec Center member: $40
  • Non-member: $80
  • Registration deadline: 10/17, 6 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/17, 6 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

Kings Mountain Day Hike
Saturday | 10/27 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Join us for this challenging hike in Tillamook State Forest. This steep hike gains 2,500 ft (763 m) of elevation in 2.5 miles (4 km) as it travels through a lush forest predominantly composed of fir, alder and a continuous sea of sword ferns. On a clear day you can catch views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and views of the Pacific Ocean from the 3,200 foot summit. Be prepared to work hard for the summit!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 10/24, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/24, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate

 

Cape Horn Day Hike
Sunday | 10/28 | 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 (11.2 km) 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 midterms!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 10/24, 6 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/24, 6 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate


VRC Smith Rock Climbing 
Friday - Sunday | 11/2 – 11/4 | 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Join the ODP for a thrilling weekend at Oregon’s premier rock climbing destination: Smith Rock State Park. Only 3.5 hours from Portland, Smith Rock is a perfect weekend getaway as well as a world-famous destination for anybody exploring the Pacific Northwest.  This trip is designed for beginners and intermediate climbers alike. Participants can expect to learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing, enjoy a variety of exciting climbing routes, and camping in the high desert.  This trip is open to veterans, service members and dependents who are PSU students and registered with the Veterans Resource Center.

 

  • Rec Center member: FREE for VRC students
  • Non-member: N/A
  • Registration deadline: 10/31, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 10/31, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate

 

Backcountry Cooking 
Saturday - Sunday | 11/10 – 11/11 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Join the Outdoor Program for a weekend of extravagant backcountry cooking! We will work up an appetite hiking to the stunning Pup Creek Falls.  Learn how to use backcountry equipment to create tantalizingly delicious meals while camping along the beautiful Clackamas River. Gain confidence in your camping and backpacking meal planning, preparation, and improve your fluency with backcountry cooking equipment.

 

  • Rec Center member: $95
  • Non-member: $170
  • Registration deadline: 11/7, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/7, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

Tamanawas Falls Hike
Saturday | 11/17 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Bust out the hiking boots and binoculars! Let’s take a hike together through Mt. Hood National Forest, shaded by Douglas fir and cedar. Enjoy this mellow hike along Cold Spring Creek to a 150-foot tall waterfall. Be sure to bring your camera as opportunities abound to capture the spectacular scenery along the Tamanawas Falls Trail!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 11/14, 5 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/14, 5 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Easy

 

Saddle Mountain Hike
Sunday | 11/18 | 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Beautiful mountaintop views of the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and Mt. Hood are the reward for those ready to take on the challenge presented by this steep basalt summit. Hike through alders, Douglas fir and spruce before emerging into mountainside meadows on the way to the top of the highest point in Clatsop County!

 

  • Rec Center member: $30
  • Non-member: $60
  • Registration deadline: 11/14, 6 p.m. 
  • Pre-trip meeting: 11/14, 6 p.m. ASRC 180
  • Difficulty: Moderate


WFR Recertification
Friday - Sunday | 12/7 – 12/9 | 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. To enroll, please visit: https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/13793/

 

  • Rec Center member: $275
  • Non-member: $310
  • Registration deadline: N/A 
  • Pre-trip meeting: N/A
  • Difficulty: N/A


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.