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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. 


October 13th, 2015

October 17th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: Hike Mt. St. Helens Day Trip

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 18 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30pm


    Take a hike along a forested ridge near this iconic volcano. You’ll hike through forest left untouched by the violent 1980 eruption, including a patch of old growth forest with large hemlock and fir trees draped with lichens. At our turn around point we’ll be in the historic blast zone and see trees killed by superheated gas released during the mountain’s last major awakening.  *If the weather is bad, this trip will go east, to the Klickitat River Gorge for a great hike in the (usually) drier rain shadow of the Cascades.

October 18th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: SC/AL Training Day

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, September 18 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, October 13 at 5:00pm


    The key to being a good leader is taking as many training and leadership opportunities as possible.  This day is devoted to better understanding the ropes of College Outdoors through exploring some of the places we frequent with some of CO’s seasoned leaders.

October 19th, 2015

  • Image preview All Day: Leadership Training #1

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, October 2 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: None


    Join us for an evening in-service designed for CO leaders and aspiring leaders.  Topics to be announced.

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