The Outdoor Program is opening more slowly this semester due to COVID-19 restrictions and the recent fires surrounding Salem.  We are hoping to offer local trips and limited gear rentals while implementing rigorous cleaning protocols, in addition to mask-wearing and physical distancing.  We will update this page when we have more information. Please email with questions.

Trip Categories

Challenge Series

Are you looking to challenge yourself in the outdoors? Have you always wanted to experience the personal rewards of climbing a mountain or hiking for an entire day? Join us on our Challenge Series which consists of day hikes that range from 8 to 20 miles roundtrip. 

Day Hikes 

Day hikes with the Outdoor Program range from 2 to 8 miles roundtrip usually to an impressive viewpoint. Our day hikes are less strenuous than those in the Adventure Series , however, you will get some exercise and have an adventure nonetheless!


Our backpacking trips are 2 or more days in length and include 3 to 10 miles per day with a backpack that usually weighs around 30lbs and contains all your food and camping gear. You and the group will hike to a destination, cook and camp there, and hike to a new destination the next day. 


Our outdoor climbing trips are lead by professional guides who will teach you the basics of top-rope climbing at world famous destinations. Our indoor climbing trips will give you the opportunity to practice top-roping and bouldering in an indoor setting. 


Hop into one of our kayaks and learn some basic paddling skills that will aid you in exploring rivers, lakes, and estuaries. Kayaking is a fantastic way to see gorgeous scenery and wildlife and to stretch your arms!

Ski & Snowboard

Our Ski & Snowboard trips go to Mt. Hood Meadows for a full day on the mountain. These trip costs include transportation to and from the mountain and participants are responsible for providing their own gear and purchasing a lift ticket. 

Beyond these primary categories, we also offer other trips including Oregon Zoo, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Christmas lights viewing, yurting, stand up paddleboarding, hot springs, horseback riding, white water rafting, whale watching and more!

Refund Policy

  • Trip cancellations may be made over email (to the <> account) or in person during open hours at the Montag desk.
  • In order to receive a full refund, trip cancellations must be done two business days before the trip goes out.
    • Ex. Saturday and Sunday trip cancellations must be made by Thursday.
  • Students may cancel after two business days, however their trip will not be refunded.
  • If the Outdoor Program cancels a trip, all participants will be given a refund
Willamette University

Campus Recreation

Montag Center
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone: 503-370-6892
Fax: 503-370-6677

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