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Spring Trips

This web page was created for Lewis & Clark students and anyone else who is interested in the College or the College Outdoors program. Spaces on College Outdoors trips are available to currently enrolled graduate, undergraduate, and law students, as well as faculty and staff at Lewis and Clark College. Trip selection and dates are subject to change. Contact the College Outdoors office for the most up-to-date trip list.

Spring 2014



Beginning Cross Country Ski Clinic #1

Sunday, February  2
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, January 28 at 5:30 pm

This is a one-day trip to Mt. Hood for beginning cross-country skiers.  After a beginning ski skills clinic we will head out to explore the surrounding ski trails and practice the techniques we just learned.  The trip fee includes transportation, instruction, ski equipment, plus food if you are on the Bon Appétit meal plan.  Take advantage of this great deal!  



Mount Hood Snowshoe #1

Saturday, February 1
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, January 28 at 4:30 pm

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 training.  



Cross-Country Skate/Ski Class #1

Sunday, February 2
Signup Begins: Register for this on WebAdvisor or Drop & Add
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, January 28 at 5 pm

This course will give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing and skate skiing on their own. This course is worth 1 PE/A activity credit for PE/A 101.  



Oregon Coast Hike

Saturday, February 8
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM):  Tuesday, February 4 at 5:30 pm

Hike this spectacular area of the coast!  We plan to hike a headland climbing 1,200 feet in elevation for some amazing views.  After the headland, we’ll stop by a sandy beach for a little relaxation before heading back to campus.  This a great way to see the rugged northern Oregon coast!  



Intro to Avalanche Field Clinic #1

Saturday, February 8
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 4 at 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of snow science and avalanches in this class session and one-day field trip. We will snowshoe into the backcountry on Mt. Hood to learn how to evaluate snow and terrain conditions, use beacons, and practice rescue strategies.  A mandatory 1.5 hour classroom session will introduce the concepts we will explore in the field.  No previous experience needed. 



Mount Hood Snowshoe #2

Saturday, February 8
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 4 at 5:00 pm

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 training.



Cross-Country Skate/Ski Class #2

Sunday, February 9

This course will give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing and skate skiing on their own. If a spot opens on the shuttle for the class, you can attend a one-time clinic.  Check with College Outdoors for available space.



Hike the Dunes of the Oregon Coast Overnight

Friday, February 14- Sunday, February 16
Signup Begins: Friday, January 24
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 11 at 4:30 pm

On this trip we will head out to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park on the Central Oregon Coast for two days of great hiking.  This part of the coast has the largest coastal sand dunes in the world and sports remote sandy beaches.  We will hike through transition forests, sand dunes, and beaches during this weekend trip, and stay dry and warm in our deluxe yurts at night.  You will definitely want to join us to explore this part of the state that is uniquely Oregon! 



Mount Hood Snowshoe #3

Saturday, February 15
Signup Begins: Friday, January 24
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 pm

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 training.



Cross-Country Skate/Ski Class #3

Sunday, February 16

This course will give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing and skate skiing on their own. If a spot opens on the shuttle for the class, you can attend a one-time clinic.  Check with College Outdoors for available space.



 Beginning Cross Country Ski Clinic #2

Sunday, February  16
Signup Begins: Friday, January 24
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 11 at 5:30 pm

This is a one-day trip to Mt. Hood for beginning cross-country skiers.  After a beginning ski skills clinic we will head out to explore the surrounding ski trails and practice the techniques we just learned.  The trip fee includes transportation, instruction, ski equipment, plus food if you are on the Bon Appétit meal plan.  Take advantage of this great deal! 



Yoga Coast Retreat

Friday, February 21- Sunday, February 23
Signup Begins: Friday, January 31
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM):  
Tuesday, February 18 at 5 pm

Come have a relaxing weekend doing yoga with College Outdoors. This is also a great opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful coast of Oregon. We plan to do short hikes mixed with relaxing yoga sessions. We leave Friday for the coast, stay in a rustic lodge and return by Sunday afternoon. Come relax, learn how to do yoga, or further your skills, unwind, and join us on this unique, popular College Outdoors trip. No prior experience is necessary. 



 Intro to Avalanche Field Clinic #2

Saturday, February 22
Signup Begins: Friday, January 31
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 18 at 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of snow science and avalanches in this class session and one-day field trip. We will snowshoe into the backcountry on Mt. Hood to learn how to evaluate snow and terrain conditions, use beacons, and practice rescue strategies.  A mandatory 1.5 hour classroom session will introduce the concepts we will explore in the field.  No previous experience needed.



Cross-Country Skate/Ski Class #4

Sunday, February 23

This course will give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing and skate skiing on their own. If a spot opens on the shuttle for the class, you can attend a one-time clinic.  Check with College Outdoors for available space.



Winter Camping Clinic

Saturday, March 1- Sunday, March 2
Signup Begins: Friday, February 7
Pre-Trip meeting (PTM):  Tuesday, February 25 at 4:30 pm

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!   



Eastern Columbia River Gorge Hike

Sunday, March 2
Signup Begins: Friday, February 7
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, February 25 at 5:00 pm

Come explore the dry side (the east end) of the Columbia River Gorge, east of the town of Hood River.  This dramatic landscape, sculpted by the largest floods in earth’s geologic history, has spectacular hiking trails, lots less rain, and usually a good supply of sunshine.  Join us to get some exercise, fresh air, and to see spring come to the east side of the Cascade mountains.  There might be some poison oak to avoid and occasional ticks to brush off your clothes, but the scenery here is completely worth it!  We will hike up to some stunning viewpoints above the Columbia River. 



Mount Hood Snowshoe #4

Saturday, March 8
Signup Begins: Friday, February 14
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm

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 training.



Oregon Coast Hike #2

Saturday, March 8
Signup Begins: Friday, February 21
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM in Sequoia 

Hike this spectacular area of the coast!  We plan to hike a headland climbing 1,200 feet in elevation for some amazing views.  After the headland, we’ll stop by a sandy beach for a little relaxation before heading back to campus.  This a great way to see the rugged northern Oregon coast! 



Cross-Country Skate/Ski Class #5

Sunday, March 9

This course will give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing and skate skiing on their own. If a spot opens on the shuttle for the class, you can attend a one-time clinic.  Check with College Outdoors for available space.



Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, March 15
Signup Begins: Friday, February 21
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): None

Come with us to spot bald eagles, sandhill cranes, tundra swans, and raptors. We’ll leave campus on Sunday at 12:30 PM to see some of these creatures, which rank among the biggest birds in the world! Just 45 minutes away, on the Washington side of the Columbia River, you can spot all sorts of birds, including cool little songbirds just starting to migrate north this time of year. College Outdoors has binoculars, and spotting scopes, which you can use on this hike. You will be back by 5:30 PM- just in time for dinner! 



SPRING BREAK TRIP: CALIFORNIA SURF CLINIC

Friday, March 21- Saturday, March 29
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 pm

Learn to surf! Camp on bluffs just above the crashing Pacific Ocean, & surf on the central California coast.  This course is designed for beginner surfers, yet more experienced surfers are welcome to take the classes and improve upon their skills. Learn how to read the surf conditions, how to choose the safest entry and exit point of the surf break, and proper surfing etiquette.  Learn paddling, wave catching, standing up, and turning techniques. Get the best tips and coaching from the excellent surfing staff of UC Santa Cruz. All you need is your swimsuit, reasonable swimming ability, and a desire to hit the surf. We provide the rest.  Spectacular trails are there to explore after your surf sessions each day.  On top of that, the intriguing city of Santa Cruz and its world famous boardwalk are nearby.  Trip fee includes transportation, food, camping, surf instructors, and all the equipment you’ll need! You can get one credit in PE/A 142 “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip. 



SPRING BREAK TRIP: HIKING AND KAYAKING REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK

Friday, March 21- Sunday, March 30
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, March 11 at 4:30 pm

Come stay at a lodge and cabins in Redwood National Park for spring break! We will spend half the week doing hikes through huge redwood forests and stunning beaches on the Pacific Ocean. We will also be able to spend half of the trip learning how to handle a kayak on the bays and lagoons adjacent to the ocean. It’s the start of spring in these spectacular forests, so the wildflowers will be blooming. The main lodge we are renting has a huge kitchen for cooking meals, great resources for learning about redwood ecology, and hot showers, too! Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world, so don’t miss this opportunity to live among them for a week! You can get one credit in PE/A 142 “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip. 



SPRING BREAK TRIP: COSTAL RETREAT including hiking, aquatic exploration, and yoga

Monday, March 24- Friday, March 28
Signup Begins: Friday, December 6
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, March 11 at 6:00 pm

Visit the Central Oregon Coast, explore the amazing Oregon Aquarium, and recharge your body doing yoga on this unique spring break trip!  The trip leaves Monday, March 24 of Spring Break and returns Friday evening, March 28, so you have both weekends on either end of spring break to visit friends or catch up on homework.  Do yoga each day, and explore the trails of the Oregon dunes, the ocean shores, and some of the old growth forests.  You can get one credit in PE/A 142 “Wilderness Leadership” for participation during this trip. This class counts as an activity credit for graduation! 



 Waterfalls & Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge #1

Saturday April 5
Signup Begins: Friday, March 7
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 1, 4:30 PM

Join us to see some of the most spectacular wildflower and waterfalls in the Northwest! Spring is in full gear by this time in April, so the wildflowers are really out in full force and the falls will be much more impressive than they are during the dry summer and fall! 



Deschutes River Rafting #1

Friday, April 11-Saturday, April 12
Signup Begins: Friday, March 7
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 pm

Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, but if you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!  



Backpack Service Project

Saturday, April 12-Sunday, April 13
Signup Begins: Friday, March 7
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 8 at 5 pm

We’ve teamed up with 3CE for this service project as a part of Spring Into Action. This trip will follow the lower Deschutes River in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge and, while we’re out, we’ll spend two hours collecting litter, pulling invasive species and/or cleaning up campsites for the BLM. Spring is in full bloom in the Gorge by this this time in April, and wildflowers should be popping up all over. Since the rainfall this far east is minimal, plenty of sunny skies and spectacular scenery are expected!



Hike Hardy Ridge

Saturday, April 12
Signup Begins: Friday, March 7
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm

Join us for this great hike along a newly completed trail in the western Columbia Gorge!  On this somewhat strenuous hike, we will follow a route through alder and Douglas-fir forests, climbing up to amazing views of the Gorge. We expect to hike 2,100 feet in elevation, but the payoff is definitely worth the effort.   



Deschutes River Rafting #2

Friday, April 18-Saturday, April 19
Signup Begins: Friday, March 14
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 pm

Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, but if you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!  



Canoe Estacada Lake #1

Saturday, Saturday, April 19

Signup Begins: Friday, March 14

Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 1, 5 PM

 

Learn the basics of flatwater canoeing while paddling around this gem of a waterway southeast of Portland. This lake, set in a scenic gorge, is a perfect place to build paddling skills while in a pristine environment. Lunch will be on the late, and the trip will return back to campus before dinner.  



Canoe Estacada Lake #2

Saturday, Sunday, April 20

Signup Begins: Friday, March 14

Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 1, 5:30 PM

 

Learn the basics of flatwater canoeing while paddling around this gem of a waterway southeast of Portland. This lake, set in a scenic gorge, is a perfect place to build paddling skills while in a pristine environment. Lunch will be on the late, and the trip will return back to campus before dinner.  



Deschutes River Rafting #3

Friday, April 25-Saturday, April 26
Signup Begins: Friday, April 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 22, 4:30 pm

Central Oregon’s Deschutes River features seven major rapids in twelve miles, making this one of the premier rafting rivers in the state. You will get wet, and you need to paddle hard! This trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, but if you like whitewater—this is an awesome time!  



 Waterfalls & Wildflowers of the Columbia Gorge #2

Sunday, April 26
Signup Begins: Friday, April 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 22, 5 PM

Join us to see some of the most spectacular wildflower and waterfalls in the Northwest! Spring is in full gear by this time in April, so the wildflowers are really out in full force and the falls will be much more impressive than they are during the dry summer and fall!



Sea Kayak Sauvie Island

Saturday, April 26
Signup Begins: Monday, April 4
Pre-Trip Meeting (PTM): Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 pm

You are almost guaranteed to see bald eagles when you paddle on the lakes of this north Portland island. You’ll get splendid views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens on a clear day. The area is also a wetlands haven for wildlife and migratory waterfowl. 



 

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