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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. 


December 5th, 2016

  • All Day: Trip Preference forms due for first consideration
    Each Leader, Assistant Leader, Student Coordinator, and prospective Student Coordinator must submit a Trip Preference form. First consideration of trip preferences will be given to forms submitted by Monday, Dec. 5th, 2016.

    If you have not worked in a leadership role for College Outdoors previously, you must also submit a College Outdoors Applications. First consideration of new applications will also be Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2016.

January 28th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Mount Hood Snowshoe 1
    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, Dec. 2

    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.

January 29th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: X-Country Ski Day Clinic 1
    Sign-up begins: Friday, Dec 2

    This is a one-day trip to Teacup Lake Nordic Area on Mt. Hood for cross-country skiers.  After a beginning ski skills clinic, we will head out to explore the surrounding groomed ski trails and practice the techniques we’ve learned.  The trip fee includes all transportation and gear.  If you are a more experienced skier, you are welcome to sign up for this trip to get out and do some more independent skiing (skate or classic) on the 20 km of trails at Teacup Lake.

February 4th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: Mt. Hood Snowshoe w/Anne Bentley
    Join chemistry professor Anne Bentley for a snowshoe hike on Mt Hood and conversation centered on the pre-human and human history of the area. Snowshoeing takes a fair amount of energy, but it is great exercise and doesn’t require any previous experience. 
  • Image preview All Day: Oregon Coast Hike 1
    Join us on the Oregon Coast to hike along the ocean beaches and surrounding trails to find huge Sitka spruce trees, ferns, cascading streams, and waterfalls. We’ll hike through forest to bays and coves where we can watch waves crash. The seven-mile round trip hike traverses emerald green coastal forests showcasing Oregon’s natural treasures.

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