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College Outdoors

College Outdoors provides the Lewis & Clark College community with access to the spectacular outdoor environments of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking.

Participants find themselves at the mountains, rivers, deserts, and coasts that span across Oregon, California, and Washington. College Outdoors’ trips are open to Lewis & Clark undergraduates, graduate students, law students, faculty, and staff.  Trips promise friendly people, fresh air, and fantastic scenery.

College Outdoors offers practical leadership opportunities. Students are encouraged to get involved with College Outdoors by volunteering.  Continued involvement can lead to trip leading opportunities and other staff positions.

To sign up for a trip, visit the College Outdoors office in Templeton Campus Center or call 503-768-7116.

Please click here for our mission statement, and stop by our office to see our official policies and procedures. 

 Events

September 22nd, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Deschutes Rafting #2


    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 8 at 9:00 am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30 pm

     

    Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids (rated Class 3+) in ten miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. This beautiful river runs through juniper and sagebrush country in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountains. We’ll leave on Friday night to camp by the put-in & will return to campus after rafting on Saturday.

    until September 23
  • Image preview Backpack Sub-Alpine Lakes

    Trip sign-up begins: Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 at 5:00pm


    The sub-alpine environment of Indian Heaven Wilderness, near Mt. St. Helens, is dotted with dozens of fascinating lakes. Fall colors will brighten the trailside as the hike features unbeatable views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. On the trip, we’ll explore some of the trails and lakes of this high plateau while hiking with packs containing all we need for the weekend. Inclement weather alternative: Deschutes River Canyon.

    until September 24
  • Underwater Forests & Cascade Lava Flows

    Trip sign-up begins: Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 at 4:45pm


    Interested in the plants, trees, and geology of the volcanic Cascade Mountains?  Join us on a trip to one of the youngest lava flows in Oregon, where the molten lava dammed a stream and created a crystal-clear lake, drowning a forest in the process.  The forest is still visible beneath the waters of the lake- preserved in the cold water.  We’ll stay in rustic cabins on the shore of Clear Lake, visit waterfalls, the giant spring that gives rise of the McKenzie River, and hike through the forest. You’ll learn about the fascinating geology that formed the Cascades,  identify many of the organisms you see on the way, pick up some insights as to how the Native Americans and settlers used these plants, trees, and animals, and marvel at how active the Cascade volcanoes still are!

    until September 24

September 23rd, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Backpack Sub-Alpine Lakes

    Trip sign-up begins: Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 at 5:00pm


    The sub-alpine environment of Indian Heaven Wilderness, near Mt. St. Helens, is dotted with dozens of fascinating lakes. Fall colors will brighten the trailside as the hike features unbeatable views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. On the trip, we’ll explore some of the trails and lakes of this high plateau while hiking with packs containing all we need for the weekend. Inclement weather alternative: Deschutes River Canyon.

    until September 24
  • Image preview All Day: Crabbing with Prof. Erik Nilson

    Trip sign-up begins: Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 19 at 4:30pm


    Join psychology professor Erik Nilsen in a boat! Learn how to catch tasty Dungeness crabs out of Nehalem Bay, and cook them up for dinner at the Oregon Coast before driving back to campus Saturday night. This event is possible thanks to co-sponsorship by Student Activities.

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