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Willamette Valley Outdoors was created to connect those that enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, right here in the Willamette Valley. I hope to plan out hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing trips and more. The events will be of different outdoor activities and range in difficulty. I will do my best to have events for both beginners and for those of you that like to push yourselves a bit beyond your own comfort zone. If you enjoy being outdoors, this is the group for you.

When joining please take the time to fill out the introduction and the questions. It will help in getting to know you a bit and to plan out some events according to what members of the group enjoy. Those that feel it is a waste of their time, should find another group.

Willamette Valley Outdoors requires a recognizable members profile photo in order to join this meetup group. Photos of scenery, flowers, cars, and so on do not count. Meetup is a site for those wishing to meet others and enjoy sharing in similar activities. The recognizable photo helps leaders and other members recognize you and know who you are.

All members when joining must understand the risk and consequences of outdoor activities. You are responsible for proper clothing, outdoor equipment and gear, and all other supplies and essentials to keep yourself safe and comfortable during the trips. By joining, you release the liability of Willamette Valley Outdoors, the leaders and organizers, and fellow members. You alone are responsible for your own actions. Willamette Valley Outdoors is ran and organized by volunteers, that are providing a free outdoor service to all members.

I'm hoping the group will serve as a great way to get together and enjoy the outdoors more. A strong group of active members that contribute to making the best of the group, having a positive attitude, enjoying the outdoors, promoting the group, inviting friends along, and taking lots of pictures, will help make this a great group to be a part of.

Thank you for joining, and I look forward to meeting each and everyone one of you.

Matthew Howell

Founder and Organizer of Willamette Valley Outdoors

Upcoming events (5+)

Disciples of Dirt's All Comers Meet - Carpenter Bypass

Carpenter Bypass Trail System

Disciples of Dirt All Comers Meet Join us on Sunday, January 20th for the Annual All Comers Meet hosted by the Disciples of Dirt. Folks from all over the Pacific Northwest descend upon the Whypass Trail System near Lorane for guided mountain biking rides, tasty beverages, and pizza. We will continue the traditional double-bucksaw competition to fuel the bonfire and keep us warm. Once everyone has returned from their rides we will start the raffle. Tickets will be available onsite all day until the raffle begins. Check the Facebook event page for updates on raffle items. All festivities will take place at the new South Parking Lot. And remember - we welcome everyone of all ages and all abilities. All Comer's Meet is one of the Disciples of Dirt's largest fundraising events of the year. Every dollar donated goes to building and maintaining the trails we ride. We appreciate all of your support. Admission: FREE! Meet at the South Parking Lot at 9:30AM. Directions: http://disciplesofdirt.org/directions-whypass Check the Facebook event page for updates: Disclaimer: Signs will be marked for Carpenter Bypass, not for Whypass. Whypass is just a name that some have named it. Bring: Mountain bike, helmet, clothes to get muddy in, water, snacks, spare tube, fenders if you have them, and cash for the raffle. I personally have won the grand prize at the event, so it's well worth the tickets. Disciples of Dirt - Facebook Page Announcing the Annual All Comers Meet hosted by the Disciples of Dirt! Our most popular event of the year, ACM has been officially designated "the largest free mountain bike event in the Pacific Northwest". On Sunday, January 20th, folks from all over Oregon, Washington and California will descend on Whypass for this all-day, all-abilities social ride and party. Featuring guided rides, bike vendors, food, beer, fabulous raffle prizes, and what has likely become a tradition since it was so much fun last year—a crosscut saw competition. As usual there will be a fundraising raffle with lots of cool prizes donated by our generous sponsors ... including rad swag from The Kona Bicycle Co. (https://www.facebook.com/TheKonaBicycleCo/)thanks to Life Cycle Bike Shop (https://www.facebook.com/Life-Cycle-Bike-Shop-123950409439/) and a hand-built wheel set from Rolf Prima wheels (https://www.facebook.com/rolfprimawheels/). As more goodies for the raffle roll in, we'll post them up here. So keep checking back. This year ACM will be based at the new parking area just a mile or so south of "The Pile". Keep driving up the road until you see the new lot just past the yellow gate. The rest of the details, including directions to Whypass and a waiver form that you can print, fill out and bring with you, are on the DOD website: https://disciplesofdirt.org/events/event/all-comers-meet/ ACM is gonna be another great one! Y’all be sure not to miss it! Contact: Matthew Howell and Jeff Green

Monthly Social - Cornucopia Bar and Burgers

Cornucopia Bar & Burgers

Come join us for an evening of great food and drinks, as well as fun conversations with fellow members of the group. Our monthly socials offer a relaxing atmosphere where we can get to know others within our outdoor community, and enjoy a great meal together. "Like its name suggests, Cornucopia is a place of abundance. Two thriving downtown Eugene locations of the locally owned restaurant/pub delight diners with a daily bounty of delicious, distinctive comfort food and a wide selection of Northwest beer and wine. After almost 25 years in business, Cornucopia continues to quench the thirst and satisfy the appetites of locals and travelers alike. The two locations — Cornucopia Bar & Burgers at the corner of Fifth and Pearl, and Cornucopia Restaurant at 17th and Lincoln — specialize in classic and modern pub fare and often dish out tempting new tastes, such as the just-introduced Gourmet Skillet Nachos. Cornucopia is best-known for its flagship half-pound charbroiled burger with all-natural, grass-fed, humanely raised Oregon beef. Succulent variations, from the All American to the Aloha to the Big Boom Swiss & Shroom Burger, have earned Cornucopia the title of Best Burger Place for several years running in The Register-Guard Readers’ Choice awards. The menu also includes outstanding sandwiches made with house-roasted meats, along with pastas, rice bowls, pot pies, pizzas, chicken wings and more — plus some of the freshest and most flavorful salads and soups in town. Beyond burgers, Cornucopia has earned recognition for Best Deli, Best Soups, Best Beer Garden and Best Happy Hour in local popular votes. Speaking of happy hour, Cornucopia has two — 3:00PM to 6:00PM and a late-night option from 10:00PM to midnight — and a new happy hour food menu." Let me know if anyone wants to meet before 6:00PM to enjoy the Happy Hour and to grab a table for all of us. Reserving tables at locations can be very difficult. https://www.cornucopiaeugene.com/location/the-corn-on-5th/ https://www.cornucopiaeugene.com/menu/ Contact: Matthew Howell

Hiking - Wild Iris Ridge

Wild Iris Ridge Trailhead

Enjoy an afternoon of hiking the western section of the Ridgeline Trail on Wild Iris Ridge. The trail to the top of the ridge is just over 1.3 miles, making for a 2.6 mile out and back. A short loop trail to a grassy summit, with a view towards Spencer Butte and the Crow Valley, adds about a quarter mile. Sunset: 5:10PM https://www.eugene-or.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/-160 Opened in 2017, Eugene’s newest segment of the Ridgeline Trail System provides the opportunity to enjoy rare upland prairie and oak habitat, with views of Spencer Butte and the West Eugene Wetlands. From the small trailhead at the intersection of Bailey Hill and S. Bertelsen roads, the trail winds uphill to Bailey View Prairie. Gravel and unimproved roads connected to the trail add opportunities for loops and exploration of the 250-acre park. Visit in early spring to enjoy this park’s namesake, wild iris. Extensive grant-funded habitat stabilization and fuels reduction work has reduced wildfire risk and enhanced rare prairie and oak habitats at the park. We will meet at the gate in the parking lot. Bring water, a headlamp, and a small pack with your hiking essentials. Please dress accordingly for unpredictable weather, and wear shoes or hiking boots that can get wet and possibly muddy from the trail. Contact: Matthew Howell

Overnight Snowshoeing - Maiden Peak Shelter

Best Buy - Springfield

Maiden Peak Shelter, located near Willamette Pass and just off the Pacific Crest Trail, is one of my favorite backcountry winter shelters to enjoy. I plan on meeting at Best Buy on Saturday prior to 7:00AM, and leaving promptly after. So please have all your gear ready to be loading into the vehicles of those driving. We will park in the overnight parking at the Gold Lake SnoPark, cross the highway, and head up the trail on the Gold Lake Road towards the shelter. Trail Info: The trail follows the road for awhile towards Gold Lake, before taking a steeper trail up to the right and meeting with the PCT. The trail is about 4.9 miles from the highway up to the shelter, with about 1200' of elevation gain. Maiden Peak Shelter sits at 6000'. The shelter is two stories, with a sleeping loft, as well as a wood stove. There is a wooden table for meal preparations, along with a small table and chairs for eating at, or playing card games on. The USFS has supplied the shelter with firewood, but we must split it. This keeps groups from just feeding as much wood into the fire as is already split for them. The shelter also has a few large pots for melting snow in for cooking and drinking water. Once at the shelter we can enjoy a lunch together and those that wish to make the journey up to the summit of nearby Maiden Peak can do so. Please keep in mind that the last section to the summit is quite steep and to allow enough time to return safely. Please have the correct backpacking gear and cold weather clothing needed for comfortably staying overnight in a winter environment. Though the shelter can sleep about 15 people, it may be crowded, as well as used by other groups. Best to be prepared, and bring a tent or some means of making a snow shelter. I have provided a detailed list of gear below in the link. Drivers will need to have snow chains in their vehicles, along with a SnoPark Permit. Permits can be bought at REI, Bi-Mart, as well as Dink's and Willamette Mountain Mercantile in Oakridge. http://www.meetup.com/Willamette-Valley-Outdoors/messages/boards/thread/29865132 I plan to leave the shelter shortly around noon on Sunday, so if anyone wants to do an early morning trip up to the summit of Maiden Peak, there should be enough time to do so. Be sure to bring about $10 cash for drivers, as well as some money for possibly stopping to eat in Oakridge afterwards. Thank you. Contact: Matthew Howell

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Hiking - Wild Iris Ridge

Wild Iris Ridge Trailhead

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