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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. 


August 31st, 2016

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Open House Welcome
    Come learn what College Outdoors is all about! We will give a tour of our warehouse facility at Sequoia, tell you about the trips and events we have planned this year, and even talk about how to start working your way up the CO “Leader Ladder”

September 4th, 2016

  • Image preview 9:00am: Oregon Coast Railride

    Oregon Coast Railride
    Sign up (at College Outdoors, Templeton 244) begins on Friday, August 26th at 9am!

    Enjoy the unique experience of pedaling along a portion of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad!

    Join Student Activities and College Outdoor for a pedal-powered ride from Bay City to the City of Tillamook followed by an ice cream treat at the Tillamook Factory!

September 7th, 2016

  • Image preview 5:00pm: Open House: Communication
    Join us in Sequoia to discuss and explore the different types of communication (aggressive, passive, passive aggressive, and assertive), brainstorm when affective communication is important on outdoor trips and generally in college, and providing a format for giving general feedback. There will be big group discussions in addition to break-out groups and skits.

September 9th, 2016

  • Image preview All Day: Backpack Indian Heaven Wilderness

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, August 26 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 6 at 4:45pm

    This sub-alpine environment just north of the Columbia River Gorge 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 11
  • Image preview All Day: Waldo Lake Kayaking Weekend

    Trip sign-up begins: Friday, August 26 at 9:00am

    Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 6 at 5:00pm


    Imagine floating on water so clear it looks like you’re flying! Waldo Lake, perched at an elevation of 5,400 feet in the Cascade Mountains, is the second clearest lake in the world. On this trip we will be camping on the shore of Waldo Lake. We’ll explore this 10 mile long lake by sea kayak on Saturday and Sunday before returning Sunday evening.

    until September 11

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