Outdoor Trips and Activities

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Adventures await you!

Sign up for trips and activities such as hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, indoor/outdoor soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, skills clinics and more.

Take part in local and regional outings organized by both professional and student staff. Each semester offers a diverse schedule of new and exciting trips to meet a range of interests and abilities.

Our fall 2017 trips and activities include:

  • Clackamas River Cleanup
  • Second Sundays: Source Indoor Climbing
  • New Student Trip: Deschutes Overnight River Trip
  • Third Thursday Survival Session: Belay Clinic
  • Cougar Learship Program: Pullman
  • Washington Coast: Surfing
  • Second Sundays: Source Indoor Climbing
  • Mt. St. Helen's: Ape Caves
  • Third Thursday Survival Session: Leave No Trace
  • Timothy Lake: Overnight
  • Veteran's Day Picnic & Hike: Beacon Rock State Park
  • Second Sundays: Source Indoor Climbing
  • Third Thursday Survival Session: Wilderness First Aid
  • Thanksgiving Trip: Tumalo Falls, Bend
  • End of Semester Celebration

Check CougSync for upcoming dates and details.

Stop by the Recreation Office to learn more and sign up for your next adventure.


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Regulars that have become campus traditions include the annual Mt. Bachelor ski trip, Spring Break backpacking, overnight camping and climbing at Smith Rock and several whitewater rafting trips each year.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Trip

Bond with friends on a weekend of winter fun, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor. With over 3,000 acres of lift-accessible terrain, you'll experience the highest skiable elevation in all of Oregon and Washington.

Spring Break Backpacking Trip

Caravan to Moab for a week exploring the beautiful Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of Utah. Hike, camp and forge lasting friendships.

Smith Rocks Trip

Experience world-renowned climbing in the Oregon high desert. With climbs of varying difficulty, miles of hiking trails and views of the Crooked River, this is a trip you won't soon forget.

Whitewater Rafting, Kayaking and Paddle Boarding Trips

Explore the beautiful rivers of Southwest Washington. Day- and overnight-trips across the year offer a variety of opportunities to get outside, learn new skills and have fun on the water.

Trip fees

Trips are subsidized by S and A Fees, but may still have a participation fee. Check with the Recreation Office to see if the activity you want to participate in has a charge. Some events and trips are open to guests. The Recreation Office will check availability and costs for guests.

Participant skill level requirements

Outdoor recreation trips receive a rating to indicate the level of skill needed to participate. The scale is intended to safeguard participants and trip leaders. Speak with Recreation staff to learn more about the trip rating system (PDF). They will help you understand the rating, and can speak more specifically about a particular trip.

Trip leaders

Some trips are organized and led by students with a passion for outdoor recreation. Trip leaders have participated in training and are certified to lead a variety of trips. The leaders are encouraged to take an idea, plan for its development, execute the plan and successfully lead participants on an incredible outing. Some past student lead trips include hiking, white-water rafting and golfing.