05-24-2019: Summer Field Trip Announcements

Summer 2019 Field Trips

We have planned two traditional field trips for this summer and two beach walks.  Below is a brief description of each and links to our webpage where details and registration forms are available. Each trip has limited attendance (mainly limited by car parking and crowd control), so don’t delay in registering if you intend to participate.  In particular, the Sept. field trip to Mt. Rainier will require lodging reservations well in advance.  

 June 22—Hurricane Ridge Field Trip.  Geology group advisor Jim Aldrich will lead a Saturday field trip to Hurricane Ridge to see the Crescent Basalt, evidence of Quaternary glaciation and structural deformation, and overall formation of the Olympic Mountains in the context of plate tectonics and the Cascadia subduction zone.  Picnic lunch on the ridge, carpooling, and a limit of 6-7 vehicles. $20 per person, registration deadline is June 15.  To get the registration form, go to the page for this trip at our website.

 July 15 and 31—Fort Worden beach walks.    Geology group advisor Kitty Reed will lead two beach walks along the bluff on the north side of Fort Worden.  These walks will take 2-3 hours and occur during morning low tides:  July 15th, Sat. 9-12 am; July 31st, Wed. 9:30-12:30. We’ll see glacial and marine sediments from several glaciations, evidence of a buried forest and the processes of bluff erosion and sedimentation. $10 per person to cover our photocopy costs, trip limit is 15 persons, and registration deadline is a week before each trip. To register, send an email to Leslie Aickin.

Sept. 20-22—Mt. Rainier Field Trip.   Professor Emeritus Pat Pringle and collegues will lead a 3-day trip to the Mount Rainer area to see the geology of the mountain and its effects on the surrounding region.  Participants will provide their own transportion and lodging (Ashford and Packwood); we’ll provide field trips guides, experts on specific aspects, and a chance to see one of Washington’s three active volcanoes.  We guarantee that this will be an in depth look at Mt. Rainer.     

  • Day one (Friday) will start at around 11 am on the western flank (Mud Mtn Dam), multiple stops in route to overnight in Ashland.

  • Day two (Sat) will concentrate on the south flank and overnight in Packwood (possible group dinner, dutch treat).

  • Day three (Sun) will take us to Sunrise (major stop) on the east flank of the mountain, then to stops on the north and west of the mountain with a finish near Greenwood about 4 pm.

For more details, see our website.