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Fall Trips

Please note that this list is updated frequently throughout the semester. Trips here are open to Lewis & Clark College students (undergraduate, graduate, and law), faculty, and staff only. Please contact our office for more details on any of these trips.

Fall 2013



CLIMBING SHUTTLE TO THE CIRCUIT GYM

Begins Thurs., Sept. 5

Join us on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 - 10:30 pm for this free shuttle to the Circuit Bouldering Gym. To reserve a spot please stop by our office in Templeton. We will meet outside the Bon and leave promptly at 8:30 pm.



BULL RUN WATERSHED TOUR

Saturday, Sept. 7  
Sign up begins: Friday, August 30
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): None

Fifty miles outside of Portland is a remote watershed covered by ancient forest. This particular watershed is where all of Portland gets its drinking water, and has since 1895. This 65,000 acre restricted area is next to Mt. Hood, with a number of spectacular views of Oregon’s highest peak. We’ll drive deep into this watershed on an access road, hike a short trail (2-3 miles) through old growth forest, visit the lakes that give us our drinking water, see the mechanics of the dams and pipes that bring us our water, and learn a bit about the history of Bull Run. You will need to bring an official photo ID for this trip to access Portland Water Bureau facilites.



NEW!!  STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING

Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 11  3:15 pm to 6:30 pm
Sign up begins: Friday, August 30
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): None

Join us for an afternoon of paddling on our new Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs). This trip will leave campus and head to some nearby waters, where you can learn the basics of SUPs and enjoy some late summer sun.



STUDENT COORDINATOR ORIENTATION

Thursday evening, Sept. 12  4:00-5:15 pm and 5:15-6:00 pm

Get oriented to our leader ladder and the behind the scenes flow of trips for those interested in becoming student coordinators. Stop by our office in Templeton 244  or email us for more information.



DESCHUTES RIVER RAFTING #1

Fri. eve, Sept. 13- Sat., Sept. 14
Sign up begins: Friday, August 30
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues., Sept. 10, 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 rainshadow of the Cascade Mountains. We’ll leave on Friday night to camp by the put-in & will return to campus after rafting on Saturday.



WALDO LAKE SEA KAYAKING

Fri. eve, Sept. 13 - Sun., Sept. 15
Sign up begins: Friday, Aug. 30
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 10, 5:30 pm

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.



BACKPACK MT. ST. HELENS

Fri. eve, Sept. 13- Sun., Sept. 15
Sign up begins: Friday, August 30
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues., Sept. 10, 6:00 pm

Explore the trails of the Northwest’s most active volcano; observe close-up the aftermath of the 1980 eruption and the area’s natural recovery. Backpack in on Friday evening by headlamp. The next day, we’ll hike through islands of old growth forests, shielded from the volcano’s fury by lucky geographic placement. Discover great views, ripe huckleberries and stunning scenery at this national monument, known to Native Americans as “Loowit.”



SURF THE OREGON COAST

Sat., Sept. 21
Sign up begins: Tuesday, Sept 3
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues., Sept. 17, 5:15 pm

Ever wanted to learn how to surf? Join us as we head to Cannon Beach to surf for the day. Participants need to be good swimmers prepared to learn the basics of surfing. Fees includes transportation from campus, surfing equipment rental, and instruction. This is an awesome opportunity to learn to surf and enjoy the beautiful Oregon Coast!



STAND UP PADDLEBOARD CASCADE LAKES

Fri. eve, Sept. 20- Sun., Sept. 22
Sign up begins: Tuesday, Sept 3
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues., Sept. 17, 4:45 pm

Stay in yurts near the trendy town of Bend and paddle the lakes and class 1 rivers in the area (Class 1 means there is current, but no significant rapids) on stand up paddleboards.  You definitely want to have some upper body strength to do this trip, but don’t need to be an experienced “stand-up paddler” if you’ve been canoeing or kayaking before.  This side of the Oregon Cascades usually has great, sunny fall weather, and the mountain scenery you’ll see while paddling is spectacular.



DESCHUTES RIVER RAFTING #2

Fri. eve, Sept. 20 - Sat., Sept. 21
Sign up begins: Tuesday, Sept. 3
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 17, 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 rainshadow the the Cascade Mountains. We’ll leave on Friday night to camp by the put-in & will return to campus on Saturday.



OREGON COAST HIKE #1

Sat., Sept. 21
Sign up begins: Tuesday, Sept. 3
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 17, 5:00 pm

On the Central Oregon Coast lies an area of huge Sitka trees, ferns, cascading streams and waterfalls. We’ll hike through old growth forest to a secluded bay where we can watch sea lions. The seven-mile round trip hike traverses some of the most productive rainforest on earth, showcasing Oregon’s natural treasures.



DESCHUTES RIVER RAFTING #3

Fri. eve, Sept. 27 - Sat., Sept. 29
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 24, 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 rainshadow the the Cascade Mountains. We’ll leave on Friday night to camp by the put-in & will return to campus on Saturday.



BACKPACK INDIAN HEAVEN AT MT. ST. HELENS

Fri. eve, Sept. 27- Sun., Sept. 28
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 24, 4:45 pm

This sub-alpine environment just north of the Columbia River Gorge is dotted with dozens of fascinating lakes. Fall colors will brighten the trailside, featuring unbeatable views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Hood. We’ll explore some of the trails and lakes of this high plateau.



ASTRONOMY & GEOLOGY IN EASTERN OREGON 

Fri. eve, Oct. 4- Sun., Oct. 6  
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 13
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Sept. 1, 5:30 pm

Come enjoy the east side of the Cascade Mountains where the stars are out and the geology is amazing! On this trip we’ll head out towards Madras, Oregon and stay in a rustic lodge for the weekend. During the day we’ll hike canyons and extinct volcanoes while exploring vast geologic features from the Cascade Range’s eruptive past. At night we’ll use our perch in the high desert to our advantage and learn basic astronomy. This new trip is packed full and isn’t one to miss!



FALL BREAK: EXPLORE THE STEENS MOUNTAINS AND THE ALVORD DESERT

Wed. eve., Oct. 9 to Sun., Oct. 13
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Thurs., Oct. 3, 4:30 pm

Situated at the base of the 10,000 foot-high Steens Mountains, this sunny desert gets only seven inches of rain per year. Hot springs, mud pots, and other geothermal wonders abound 400 miles S.E. of Portland. Spend the weekend listening to coyotes howl in the distance as you soak in a hot spring and count the constellations in the desert sky at night. Hiking the canyons that lead to the Steens Mountains are stunning as the aspens drop their gold leaves. This trip leaves at 3:15 pm Wednesday, please do not sign up for this trip if you have class after that time (due to the 9-hour drive to this amazing place).



FALL BREAK: RAFT GUIDE CLINIC

Wed. eve., Oct. 09- Sun., Oct. 13
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues., Oct. 1, 4:30 pm

This clinic is the first step to becoming a professional guide, for those of you who’d like to guide a whitewater raft. You’ll learn technical knowledge and gain valuable experience in the art of running rivers. This trip takes place on the Maupin section of the Deschutes River, at Wapinitia, Box Car, and Oak Springs rapids.



FALL BREAK: BACKPACK OREGON’S CANYONLANDS

Thurs., Oct. 10- Sun., Oct. 13
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Thurs. Oct. 3, 5:00 pm

Visit a gorgeous arid canyon as autumn blankets the high desert. This area is in the rainshadow of the Cascades, so the weather should be dry. The canyon walls tower above your camp here, making it feel like you’re in a smaller version of the Grand Canyon. One of the largest springs in eastern Oregon is in the middle of this proposed wilderness area.



FALL BREAK: OPAL CREEK ANCIENT FOREST CLINIC

Thurs., Oct. 10- Sat., Oct. 12
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 1, 5:00 pm

Spend your fall break hiking through one of Oregon’s most spectacular ancient forests! We’ll learn about the plants, lichens, and trees in this important ecosystem that was saved from logging in the 1990’s. Stay in warm cabins in the wilderness at Opal Creek’s old mining camp, Jawbone Flats, and learn how the forest makes the waters of Opal Creek so clear. 



ROCK CLIMBING AT SMITH ROCK #1

Fri. eve., Oct. 18 - Sun., Oct. 20
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 27
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 15, 4:30 pm

Start scaling some of Oregon’s best rock by joining us at Smith Rock, of the most well-known sport climbing areas in the country. This trip will be contracted by a professional rock guiding company in the Bend area. They will provide the appropriate gear and lessons for a full day of climbing. We’ll stay at a house near the park and we’ll be climbing on Saturday. On Sunday, we’ll do some hiking in the area before heading back to LC. This is an opportunity for you to learn technique, visit a new climbing area. or take your gym climbing outdoors.



HIKE MT. ST. HELENS*

Sat. Oct. 19
Sign up begins: Friday, Sept. 27
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 15, 5:00 pm

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 rainshadow of the Cascades.



ADVANCED SEA KAYAK SKILLS CLINIC

Fri. eve, Oct. 25- Sun., Oct. 27
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues, Oct. 22, 4:30 pm

Improve on your current skills, paddle under adverse conditions, learn about leadership and how to teach others to kayak. We plan to tackle challenging wind and waves, and we guarantee you’ll learn a lot. This clinic takes place at various lakes and bays on the Oregon coast, and we’ll be staying in a rustic lodge at night. Prerequisites: You must know how to swim and you need to have some prior paddling experience. Due to expected conditions, participants need reasonable upper body strength.



ROCK CLIMBING AT SMITH ROCK #2

Fri. eve., Oct. 25 - Sun., Oct. 27
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 22, 4:45 pm

Start scaling some of Oregon’s best rock by joining us at Smith Rock, of the most well-known sport climbing areas in the country. This trip will be contracted by a professional rock guiding company in the Bend area. They will provide the appropriate gear and lessons for a full day of climbing. We’ll stay at a house near the park and we’ll be climbing on Saturday. On Sunday, we’ll do some hiking in the area before heading back to LC. This is an opportunity for you to learn technique, visit a new climbing area. or take your gym climbing outdoors.



YOGA COAST RETREAT

Fri. eve, Oct. 25 to Sun., Oct. 27
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 22, 5:00 pm

Come have a relaxing weekend doing yoga with College Outdoors. This is also a great opportunity to spend some time on the Oregon coast. We plan to do short hikes mixed with relaxing yoga sessions. On Friday evening, we’ll go to the Oregon coast, stay at a rustic lodge and we’ll return to campus by Sunday afternoon. Come relax, unwind, and join us on this unique, popular College Outdoors trip. No prior experience is necessary.



OVERNIGHT MUSHROOM CLINIC #1

Fri. eve (2 PM), Nov. 1 - Sat., Nov. 2
Sign up begins: Monday, October 14
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 29, 4:30 pm

Oregon has an enormous number of mushroom species and it’s no wonder, with all this rain! As long as you’re living in Oregon, and since they taste so good, you might as well be introduced to some of them. We’ll stay at a rustic lodge overnight and spend the following day searching nearby coastal forests for all sorts of fascinating fungi. Conditions permitting, this trip culminates in a mouth-watering mushroom feast!



OVERNIGHT MUSHROOM CLINIC #2

Sat. aft., Nov. 2 - Sun., Nov. 3
Sign up begins: Monday, October 14
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Oct. 29, 5:00 pm

Oregon has an enormous number of mushroom species and it’s no wonder, with all this rain! As long as you’re living in Oregon, and since they taste so good, you might as well be introduced to some of them. On Saturday we’ll hunt for mushrooms on our way out to the coast, then stay at a rustic lodge overnight. We’ll spend the following day searching nearby coastal forests for all sorts of fascinating fungi. Conditions permitting, this trip culminates in a mouth-watering mushroom feast!



OVERNIGHT MUSHROOM CLINIC AT THE OREGON DUNES

Fri. eve, Nov. 8 - Sun., Nov. 10
Sign up begins: Monday, October 15
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 5, 4:30 pm

Oregon has an enormous number of mushroom species and it’s no wonder, with all this rain! As long as you’re living in Oregon, and since they taste so good, you might as well be introduced to some of them. We’ll spend two nights at the Oregon Dunes, hiking the largest coast sand dunes in the world and searching for mushrooms. Conditions permitting, this trip culminates in a mouth-watering mushroom feast!



CAVING & CAVE CONSERVATION

Sat., Nov. 9
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 5, 4:45 pm

Thousands of years ago the lava from a spectacular volcanic eruption created these lava tube caves at the base of Mt. Adams. These awesome natural formations stay relatively dry and at a constant temperature of about 50 F, making them ideal for caving.



GORGE WATERFALL HIKE #1

Sat., Nov. 9
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 5, 4:45 pm

Come join us on an excursion to see some of the Gorge’s lesser known falls, and take in the autumn scenery. The natural power and beauty of these waterfalls has to be seen to be believed. Plus, getting there is half the fun- we’ll roam the trails of the Gorge with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view.



OREGON COAST HIKE #2

Sat., Nov. 16
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 25
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 12. 4:45 pm

On the Central Oregon Coast likes an area of huge Sitka trees, ferns, cascading streams and waterfalls. We’ll hike through old growth forest to a secluded bay where we can watch sea lions. The seven-mile round trip hike traverses some of the most productive rainforest on earth, showcasing Oregon’s natural treasures. 



GORGE WATERFALL HIKE #2

Sun., Nov. 17
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 12, 5:30 pm

Come join us on an excursion to see some of the Gorge’s lesser known falls, and take in the autumn scenery. The natural power and beauty of these waterfalls has to be seen to be believed. Plus, getting there is half the fun- we’ll roam the trails of the Gorge with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view.



MAP & COMPASS CLINIC

Sat., Nov. 23
Sign up begins: Friday, Oct. 18
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tues. Nov. 19, 4:30 pm

This clinic establishes an understanding of the tools and basic navigation skills required for outdoor exploration. The knowledge you can gain can form an important part of your leadership development, and is useful for anyone who loves to take outdoor trips.