Field Trips for GSOC Members
Upcoming Field Trips
9 Mile Ride with Return by MAX
Join us for our first annual Eastbank Bike GeoTour! We will be riding from the youngest to oldest rocks in Portland/Milwaukie along the Eastbank Esplanade and Springwater trail, with a picnic stop at Westmoreland Park.
This is a half-day event with a picnic stop. The ride is 9 miles long with return by MAX, although a shorter 5 mile route is available. Please bring snacks, water and picnic lunch and be prepared to ride in sun or rain.
This year’s GSOC potluck will be held at the Rice Museum. Your $10 will buy annual admission to the Rice Museum as a GSOC member. (Open to GSOC members only.)
Once again this year, Sheila Alfsen will host a tour by helicopter of Mt. St. Helens and the surrounding devastation area on Aug. 18, 2018. The trip will be conducted at the North Fork Survivors Gift shop, located at 9745 Spirit Lake Hwy, Toutle, WA, 98649. Helicopters are flown by Hillsboro Aviation. The price includes a presentation in the gift shop theater of the 1980 eruption and its aftermath, and a 40 minute flight over the devastated area and close up to the crater where you can see the effects on the landscape.
Additionally Nathan Reynolds, Ethno-ecologist and Habitat Program Manager for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will be giving a presentation about the federal designation of Lawetlat’la/Mt. St. Helens as a Traditional Cultural Property of the Cowlitz Tribe and Yakima Nation. Other activities available at the site include picnicking, gift shop browsing with Big Foot memorabilia, and a Lahar buried A-frame house.
This field trip, organized by GSOC President Paul Edison — with past-presidents Rik Smoody, Bo Nonn, Sheila Alfsen, and Larry Purchase — will focus on the geology of Camp Hancock and the John Day basin. We will be attending an Astronomy Star Party as guests of the Rose City Astronomers and OMSI.
Note: this trip will include two evenings of observing as guests of Rose City Astronomers/OMSI. Evenings under the stars can be quite cold in September. Conditions at Camp Hancock are primitive. We will be sleeping two nights in bunkbeds with thin mattresses in shared bunkhouses. As the camp is set up for dark sky observing, red lights will be provided for navigating in nighttime. Restrooms are 10-50 yards away. No food is allowed in cabins. Cars are off limits at because of car lights. Daytime will include hiking over rough terrain in hot weather. Rattlesnakes and ticks have been observed on the trail.
UPDATE: Registration will open June 15. Limited to GSOC members and their guests only. If you have questions, please call Paul at 971-404-6064.
Led by Melanie Klym and Matthew Brunengo. This trip will focus on the geology and hydrology of the Johnson Creek Watershed. Details TBA.
What to Bring on a GSOC Field Trip
- Bring boots, raincoats, layered clothing even if it's not raining. Be prepared to get wet and muddy.
- Pack a lunch unless a lunch destination is announced, then bring lunch money.
- You must be a member of GSOC or a guest of a member to participate in the field trips. Become a member of GSOC!
- The GSOC Board has decided that a registration fee will be charged on GSOC field trips. Refer to the trip description for the fee.
- We encourage carpooling and may need to mandate carpooling on certain trips if parking space is limited at the stops on the trip. People who carpool are also asked to share the cost of the gasoline for the vehicle in which they are riding.