TAC International Film and Video Festival






The Archaeology Channel
International Film & Video Festival
Willamette National Forest Scenic Heritage Tours








The following trips will be available to attendees of The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. These trips are ALL DAY trips lasting about 7.5 hours. For each trip, roughly 1.5 hours of travel time is required each way. These trips will take place during the day on Thursday, July 17th, and Friday, July 18th. A $15 donation is requested for participants. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Please register early. Space availability can be increased if the demand is high. Festival tickets will be required of all participants. All of these trips will be leaving from the McDonald Theatre, 10th and Willamette, in downtown Eugene. There is a public parking facility one block east of the theater. These trips explore various archaeological and geographic sites in the surrounding Willamette National Forest and Oregon Coast. Following are the trip descriptions.


Important Trip Information:
  • All trips leave from the McDonald Theatre at 9:00 am and return at 4:30 pm
  • 1.5 hours of van travel is required each way
  • Please bring a sack lunch and beverage (food is available on some trips)
  • Bring bug spray, sunscreen, rain jacket, hiking shoes, warm clothing


July 17th Trips

McKenzie River Scenic Tour
July 17th
Description: Enjoy spectacular natural & cultural sites along the McKenzie River. Begin with a tour of the historic Fish Lake Remount Station (approx 1 1/2 hours); Visit Clear Lake, a geologic wonder of the western Cascades, formed by a lava flow from Little Nash Crater about 3000 years ago, drowning a mature forest still visible underwater. Eat lunch here at the café or bring your own. Continue on down the river to Sahalie Falls, take a short hike down to Koosah Falls.
Trip Specifics: Path is paved, gently sloping downhill. One way or round trip is possible (waterfall loop 1 1/2 hours, or if time is limited go one way (45 min.) and we'll pick up participants at Koosah. Hike rates EASY to MODERATE.
Spaces Available: 6

People of the Ancient Forests Tour
July 17th
Description: Walk among the tall trees of the Fall Creek drainage while learning about the archaeology of this area of the Western Cascades. Visit Slick Creek Cave near the Bedrock Campground, unfortunately looted several decades ago. Enjoy your picnic lunch at CCC-constructed Clark Creek Organization Camp (bring your own lunch). After lunch, participants can enjoy a leisurely 1/2 mile stroll along a paved interpretive trail through a bit of old growth forest.
Trip Specifics: Hike Rating EASY, as well as being a shorter day trip. Return to Eugene early about 3:00pm.
Spaces Available: 6


Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) alumni picnic: Longbow Organizational Camp, Sweet Home Ranger District. THIS IS NOT A GUIDE TOUR but a concurrent EVENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Contact Joanne West (541-367-9206) or Jan Wellhouser (541-466-5511) for further information.


July 18th Trips

Cultural Imprints on the Oregon Coast
Date: July 18th
Description: Head west to the coastal town of Florence and north along the shore to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, meet atop Cape Perpetua, some 800 feet above sea level for orientation to area and cultural sites. Proceed north to Yachats for lunch at Drift Inn or the Adobe restaurant overlooking the sea. Engage in further discussions of coastal archaeology over lunch. Return to Cape Perpetua, tour visitor center and walk to prehistoric shell middens and CCC camp. Enjoy a brief stop at Heceta Light Station, sand dunes overlook, and Siuslaw prehistoric winter village site en route to Eugene.
Trip Specifics: EASY to MODERATE hike, beach environment. Coastal weather is especially unpredictable. Be prepared for sun, wind, fog or rain.
Spaces Available: 6


Santiam Wagon Road Tour
Date: July 18th
Description: Stroll along about 2&1/2 miles of well preserved wagon road, through native NW forests along the South Santiam River in the Cascade Range while learning about the local natural and cultural history. Bring Lunch to eat along the way and plan to stop for fresh pie or other snacks at the historic Mountain House before heading back down to Eugene.
Trip specifics: This hike would be considered MODERATE due to length and undulating landscape.
Spaces Available: 6


Please contact Archaeological Legacy Institute either by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (541-484-5293) to register for one of these tours.