Check out the 20s & 30s Section of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club!

20s and 30s Snowshoe trip to Ghost Ridge last winter.

It’s finally Fall in Oregon and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is re-invigorating our 20s & 30s Section!  The 20s & 30s Section seeks to provide an opportunity for active adults between the ages of 18 and 39 to meet and participate in fun outdoor and social activities in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Because our section is also committed to protecting the special places in which we hike, in addition to outings, we will provide an outlet for our “young Sierrans” to get more involved with conservation and other issues through action, such as attending lectures or writing letters to key decision-makers while we are out hiking. You can also get involved by volunteering as we are also looking for help planning/leading future events.

In the past, the Section held regular hikes and other get-togethers for non-members and existing Sierra Club members alike.  A sampling of events from the past include a snowshoe on Ghost Ridge, a hike to Mirror Lake and Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain (with added bonus of huckleberry picking!), and movie nights.

We hope  to continue this tradition with at least 1 event per month.  Please take a look at some of our upcoming events below.  Attending any of the Section’s outings is free and you don’t have to be a Sierra Club member to attend any of our events.

Picking huckleberries on a 20s and 30s outing to Mirror Lake last fall.

For more information, feel free to contact Jenny at j.bedellstiles@gmail.com and Jessica at bellaj1018@gmail.com.  We hope you’ll join us on our next event!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

20s and 30s Hike to Eagle Creek
Saturday, October 29
Leader: David Becker

Let’s go do the quintessential Columbia Gorge hike!  This 6 mile hike, with 600 feet of elevation gain, offers the most gorgeous scenery per mile of anywhere in the gorge. Rich in history of all kinds, this hike starts at the oldest campground on public lands, then winds its way up a canyon carved by water over the course of thousands of years.  The trail, hewn into the rock by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930’s, will take us past some of the most impressive waterfalls in the gorge.  With luck, the salmon will be running and we’ll bear witness to their cycle of life that has been repeated for thousands of years.

On Saturday, October 29, we’ll meet in the southeast corner of the parking garage at the Gateway Transit Center in East Portland at 10am.  Folks who want, can arrange car pooling, then we’ll proceed to the trail head, where this Sierra Club event will officially begin.  I like to hike at a slow enough pace that we can enjoy the scenery.  We’ll stop to enjoy the scenery and will likely take the trail to Punch Bowl falls, so we can see it up close.  We’ll have lunch somewhere along the way, and turn around at High Bridge.

It’s October in Oregon, so please come prepared for cool, rainy temperatures.  Come with appropriate rain gear, and minimize cotton clothing.  The hike is moderately difficult. We’ll go just over six miles with 600 feet of elevation gain.  We’ll take plenty of breaks.  Please bring a lunch, snacks and water.  If you have a whistle and a flashlight or head lamp, bring them too.  The 10 essentials are always highly recommended.  These include navigation, whistle, water filtration, extra food and water, something to start fire, and a few other things.  You can find more information here: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html.

The trail is very narrow in spots, with steep drop offs.  For this reason, we’re unable to accommodate dogs on this trip.

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is organized by the Oregon Sierra Club’s “20’s and 30’s section” as an opportunity for young people to meet others who share their values and learn more about the Sierra Club in Oregon.  This event is appropriate for individuals who are between 18 and 39 years old.

Click here to visit our meetup site and RSVP!


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20s and 30s Hike to Silver Falls State Park
Sunday, November 20
Leaders: Christine Lewis, Brian Pasko, and Kim Kelly

Love waterfalls?  This moderate 6.9 mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain is guaranteed to thrill hikers and photographers alike with its forested canyons and ten spectacular waterfalls, many more than 100 feet high.  You can read more and see photos of this hike here: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/images/pdf/silverfalls_trailmap.pdf and http://web.oregon.com/hiking/silver_falls.cfm

On Sunday, November 20, we’ll meet at the Sierra Club Office (1821 SE Ankeny Street in Portland) at 9am.  Folks who want can arrange car pooling, then we’ll proceed to the trail head (about an hour and a half drive from Portland), where this Sierra Club event will officially begin at approximately 11am.  We’ll plan to keep a moderate pace with plenty of breaks and time to enjoy and photograph the waterfalls, and if there is interest we’ll have dinner together at a nearby restaurant in Silver Falls after our hike.

It’s November in Oregon, so please come prepared for cool, rainy temperatures.  Come with appropriate rain gear, dress in layers, and minimize cotton clothing.  Bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat along the way. Silver Falls State Park does not permit dogs on this trail, so your dog will have to wait for our next outing!  The 10 essentials are always highly recommended.  These include navigation, whistle, water filtration, extra food and water, something to start fire, and a few other things.  You can find more information here: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html.

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is organized by the Oregon Sierra Club’s “20’s and 30’s section” as an opportunity for young people to meet others who share their values and learn more about the Sierra Club in Oregon.  This event is appropriate for individuals who are between 18 and 39 years old.

And on occasion there might even be a spontaneous karaoke performance at one of our events! 🙂

Click here to visit our meetup site and RSVP!

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20s and 30s Hike to Gillette Lake and Greenleaf Overlook
Saturday, December 10
Leaders: Jessica Bell and David Becker

One of the great things about living in Oregon is year-round hiking!  This moderate 8 mile hike with 600 feet of elevation gain along the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington will take us through a unique, jumbled landscape with an interesting geologic history.  About 700 years ago, a huge slide not only left behind the distinctive towering cliffs seen on mountains like Table and Hamilton but also dumped an enormous amount of rock and debris at the their base.  This debris covered several square miles and even temporarily blocked the Columbia River.  The river broke through, but the remaining rocks and boulders created a major rapids that eventually gave the city of “Cascade” Locks (and the entire “Cascade” Mountain Range) its name.  Besides the awesome geologic history of the area, this hike provides us a close-up view of a recent clear-cut and the devastation that it leaves behind.  Fortunately, its not long before we come back into the forest and visiting a pretty little lake before reaching our destination, a nice viewpoint overlooking the Oregon side of the Gorge.  (Part of this description borrowed from Douglas Lorain’s “Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, 2008).  You can read more and see photos of this hike here: http://nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike32.html.

On Saturday, December 10, we’ll meet in the southeast corner of the garage at the Gateway Transit Center in East Portland at 9am.  Folks who want can arrange car pooling, then we’ll proceed to the trail head (about an hour’s drive from Portland), where this Sierra Club event will officially begin at approximately 10:30am.  We’ll plan to keep a moderate pace with plenty of breaks and time to enjoy and photograph the scenery,, and if there is interest we’ll have dinner together at a nearby restaurant in Cascade Locks or at Edgefield after our hike.

It’s December in Oregon, so please come prepared for cold, rainy, and possibly snowy and icy conditions.  Come with appropriate rain gear, dress in layers, and avoid cotton clothing.  Bring plenty of water and a lunch to eat along the way. Dogs are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and can be on a leash at all times.  Please remember – your dog is your responsibility.  The 10 essentials are always highly recommended.  These include navigation, whistle, water filtration, extra food and water, something to start fire, and a few other things.  You can find more information here: http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/ten+essentials.html.

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is organized by the Oregon Sierra Club’s “20’s and 30’s section” as an opportunity for young people to meet others who share their values and learn more about the Sierra Club in Oregon.  This event is appropriate for individuals who are between 18 and 39 years old.

Click here to visit our meetup site and RSVP!


The 20s and 30s crew at the top of Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain

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20s and 30s Snowshoe trip to Ghost Ridge

Saturday, January 28

Leaders: Brian Pasko and Kim Kelly

Are you in your 20’s and 30’s and looking to hang out with other young people who share your environmental and progressive values? Then, plan to join Kim Kelly, Brian Pasko for a snowshoeing adventure on Mt. Hood! Never snowshoed before? You won’t be alone, and there’s no better chance to learn!

On Saturday, January 28th, we’ll meet at the Sierra Club Office (1821 SE Ankeny Street in Portland) at 9am.  Folks who want can arrange car pooling, then we’ll head into Sandy so that folks who need them can get snow passes and rent snowshoes at the Winter Fox Shop (Snowshoes and poles rent for $12/day).  From there we’ll head to the Barlow Pass Snow Park (snow pass required for those who drive) where the Sierra Club event will begin.

This trip will be about 5 miles round trip with about 800 feet of elevation gain.  We will definitely be walking uphill, so be prepared to exercise, but we’ll keep a moderate pace and take plenty of breaks.  At the top you’ll be rewarded with a front and center view of Mt. Hood as well as Mt. Jefferson and the Three Sisters on a clear day. We’ll have a blast on the Mountain, and then stop for dinner at one of the great restaurants in Sandy on the way back down to Portland.
This snowshoe trip is best on clear days – if it’s cloudy, the trip leaders will come prepared with a different snowshoe route of about the same length and elevation gain.  Be sure to dress in layers, bring sunglasses and sunscreen, plenty of water and snacks. Well behaved dogs are welcome with the permission of the outings leaders.  Please RSVP to Brian Pasko at brian.pasko@sierraclub.org.

PLEASE NOTE: This hike is organized by the Oregon Sierra Club’s “20’s and 30’s section” as an opportunity for young people to meet others who share their values and learn more about the Sierra Club in Oregon.  This event is appropriate for individuals who are between 18 and 39 years old.

 Click here to visit our meetup site and RSVP!

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