The Eagle Creek fire has closed most trails from Wyeth to Troutdale.

Trailhead Ambassadors

Trailhead Ambassadors
Trail talk with a Friends volunteer at Dog Mountain trailhead, summer 2017 (Photo: Mitch Hammontree)

Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance, Oregon State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service are currently seeking volunteers to serve as trailhead ambassadors. The Trailhead Ambassador program is designed to equip Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge hikers with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking in the region. 

We are looking for outgoing volunteers to answer hiker and Eagle Creek fire related questions, promote responsible hiker ethics like Leave No Trace, and highlight Ready, Set, Gorge tips. Volunteer trailhead ambassadors will be placed at some of the busiest trailheads on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia Gorge during peak season (April - September).

Volunteer Information and Resource Page


  • Friendly, professional, outgoing individual 
  • Enjoys informing and helping others 
  • Has knowledge of Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood trails 
  • Access to a vehicle to carry program equipment


  • Fill out an application and sign a volunteer agreement 
  • Attend required volunteer training 
  • Participate in a minimum of four shifts (6 hrs.) this spring and summer 
  • Has transportation to and from the trailhead and can carry equipment 


  • Columbia Sportswear “Trailhead Ambassador” tech tee 
  • NW Forest Pass after completing 24 hours of volunteer service 
  • End of season volunteer appreciation event 
  • Reward of encouraging hikers to recreate safely, informed, and responsibly 
  • Opportunity to meet people from all over the world 

Getting Started

To become a trailhead ambassador volunteer, please sign up below. Then you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our volunteer application. Please complete the seven questions so we can get to know you better. Thirdly, make sure you are registered for one of the required trainings. 


Volunteers are required to attend a four-hour training. 

Register for a Volunteer Shift

Click here to sign-up for a trailhead shift.


  • Contact Trailhead Ambassador Coordinator Ali Smith at

    Trailhead Ambassador Volunteer Registration

    Registration is a two-step process.
    1. Click "+Add" to complete a separate ticket for each person in your party.
    2. On 2nd page, click the bubble next to the main contact’s name (to autofill the information). This person will receive the confirmation email.
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