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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

February 24th, 2017

  • Image preview Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.
    until February 26

February 25th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.
    until February 26
  • Image preview All Day: Mt Hood Snowshoe Day Trip 4
    Sign up begins: Friday, Feb 3

    Snowshoe on the trails around Oregon’s tallest volcano!  Weather permitting, we’ll head up one of the trails on the east side of Mt. Hood, looking for great views of the mountain. Snowshoeing takes a fair amount of energy, but it is great exercise and doesn’t require any previous experience. 

February 26th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Coastal Trails/Ancient Forests (Neskowin)
    Visit a lighthouse, ancient forests, coastal beaches, and spectacular overlooks on this weekend trip to hike and explore the area around Cape Lookout and Neskowin, Oregon. We’ll stay in the enchanting Neskowin Valley and have a central lodge with a fireplace to cook meals, hang out in the evenings, and stay warm and dry. Spring comes to the Oregon Coast  a few weeks earlier than Portland, so the frogs will entertain you at night with their choruses, and the first wildflowers will be blooming.

March 3rd, 2017

  • Image preview Winter Camping Clinic
    Learn the skills of winter camping, using gear sleds, wielding those fancy-looking shovels and snow saws, and staying overnight in snow shelters you build. This trip  is moderately strenuous, and is recommended for those in good physical shape and who are comfortable in the outdoors. There is a mandatory 1.5 hour pre-trip meeting before we head out for the snow, since winter camping is not the sort of thing you want to jump into without a little background. Join us for this amazing weekend and learn how to live in the snow.
    until March 5

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