Take a Hike!

The benefits and beauty of the Pacific Northwest are right outside your door.

 

At Lewis & Clark, you can’t escape the outdoors—and why would you want to? Our campus spans a ravine and is surrounded by trees, giving you ample space to explore and connect with nature on the walk between your residence hall and your classes.

Plus, College Outdoors will take you on adventures with new friends from different majors, dorms, activities, and backgrounds. There’s really no better way to build a community than through shared experiences on the rivers, deserts, mountains, and coasts that span the iconic Pacific Northwest.

Lewis & Clark students in the snow during a College Outdoors trip.

100+

Trips each year. 

L&C students on a hike by Mt. Hood.

90%

of students go on at least one College Outdoors trip.

Students showing off the mushrooms they forged on a College Outdoors trip.

No

gear or experience required! 

Check out some upcoming College Outdoors trips!

April 16

Backpacking to Tryon Creek

Learn the basics or practice your skills during an overnight trip to an area where we have special permission to camp. We’ll leave from campus and hike to a forested location where we’ll teach you how to set up your single person tent (provided)
until 12:00pm on April 17
April 17

Backpacking to Tryon Creek

Learn the basics or practice your skills during an overnight trip to an area where we have special permission to camp. We’ll leave from campus and hike to a forested location where we’ll teach you how to set up your single person tent (provided)
until 12:00pm on April 17
April 17

Outdoor Yoga

Start your morning with an energizing and centering yoga session, outdoors!
April 17

Stand-up Paddleboard Afternoon

Don’t worry- THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF THE WEATHER FORECAST IS GOOD.  Get off campus and come stand-up paddleboard the Willamette River! This river is just down the hill, where you can see great blue heron and even an occasional seal!

We’ll be getting to the Willamette River in our College Outdoors vehicles, the drive is about 20 minutes. The guidelines for COVID mitigation and vehicle use can be found below.

This trip is weather dependent, so if it is cold and rainy, we’ll reschedule this trip.
April 17

Spring Mushroom Clinic

Fanatic about fungi?! We are too! Come join College Outdoors to find mushrooms and learn about mushroom identification.
April 18

Stove Clinic: Pancake Breakfast

Hungry for pancakes, and want to learn some outdoor skills in the bargain? Sign up for this clinic where you’ll learn to use one of a variety of camping or backpacking stoves to make your own delicious stack of pancakes. (And of course, then you get to eat it right there, or take it  with you.)

Learn from backcountry culinary experts that will show you all the tricks and tips to making great flapjacks in the wilderness.

NOTE: for this clinic, we don’t have gluten-free pancake mix, but email “outdoors@lclark.edu” to let us know if you are interested in a future clinic that is for gluten-free pancakes.