Trip & Program Descriptions

Difficulty Levels

Easy: Relatively low to moderate physical activity; no previous experience needed.

Moderate: Moderate physical activity and/ or more difficult terrain. Some previous experience is helpful.

Hard: Good physical conditioning required. Likely will include challenging terrain and/ or environmental conditions. Previous experience or technical knowledge is strongly encouraged.

How to Sign Up

Phone: Call 503.943.8748 to register and pay for trips and programs over the phone.

In Person: Visit the Outdoor Pursuits Office in the Beauchamp Center to sign up in person.  

Online: Registrations for programs that are free can be done online. Visit to sign up.  

Upcoming Trips 

Head to Engage to check out all of our trip descriptions!

Trip Types


Mountain and Urban Biking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers both mountain and urban biking trips throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters.  These trips vary in difficulty but are always friendly for beginner riders.  As with all of our trips, the bikes, safety gear and transportation is provided, along with expert instruction from our dedicated student trip leaders.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers rock climbing and mountaineering trips.  These include everything from sport climbing at local crags, longer multi-pitch routes at Smith Rocks and summit attempts on many peaks around the Pacific Northwest.  While the physical difficulty of trips vary depending on objective and location, there are always trips designed for the beginner.

Backpacking and Hiking

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a wide variety of backpacking and hiking trips.  These trips range from beginner friendly day hikes meant to expose participants to the outdoors to longer multi day backpacks.  Each backpacking and hiking trip has an assigned curriculum to it, taught by our student staff, meant to educate participants.  This curricula provides students the freedom to pursue their own personal adventures and provides the confidence to do so.

Kayaking and Rafting

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips.  These trips vary from kayaking on calm flat water to rafting class 3 and 4 rapids.  All of our water based trips use local outfitters for providing the watercraft or professional instruction.  Whether you are new to water sports or a seasoned veteran there is something here for everyone!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a variety of skiing and snowshoeing trips.  These range from snowshoeing to scenic overlooks, cross country skiing through the wilderness and skiing at local resorts around Mt. Hood.  These trips offer a unique opportunity to get out and experience the outdoors in a very different context.  Learn about our ski bus program.