Learn everything you ever wanted to know about mushroom ecology and identification on this fairly easy, slow-paced fall hike, and collect some choice specimens to take home!
Difficulty: Easy Distance: 2 miles Elevation Gain: 0-500 feet Leader: Bruce Newhouse and Peg Boulay Shepherd: Chandra LeGue Location: Fall Creek area, Willamette National Forest (carpools depart from Eugene)
The Clear Lake Loop Trail hugs the edge of Clear Lake as it winds through old growth coniferous and deciduous forest. We will discuss Eugene's thriving brewing community, and how much it relies on clean water, and the forests that produce it.
Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 430 feet Leader: Chandra LeGue Location: Willamette National Forest (carpools depart from Eugene)
Climb through the Black Creek Canyon for waterfalls, old-growth forests, and finally to the shores of stunning Waldo Lake. Long steep climbs and loose footing make this hike a little more challenging than our average hike.
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult Distance: 8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet Leader: Jason Gonzales Location: Willamette National Forest, NE of Oakridge in the Waldo Lake Wilderness (carpools depart from Eugene)
The Vista Ridge hike is arguably the most scenic alpine trail on Mount Hood in mid-summer when the wildflowers bloom. We'll enjoy amazing vistas of Mount Hood and wildflowers and learn about Oregon Wild efforts to prevent logging along this trail.
Difficulty: Strenuous Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet Leader: Jonathan Jelen Location: Mount Hood National Forest (carpools depart from Portland)