14 Essentials for Every Hike

Be prepared for contingencies when you head out on Gorge trails

14 Essentials for Every Hike
View from Augspurger Mountain Trail. (photographer: Joe Urmos)

Friends of the Columbia Gorge recommends you carry the following 14 essential items every time you are hiking in the Gorge. Weather changes quickly here and it can be very windy because of the dramatic landscape. The more prepared you are, the better the experience you’ll have on the trail.

Don't head out to the Gorge without these items:

  1. Map – we recommend the National Geographic Columbia River Gorge trails map
  2. Compass
  3. Extra clothing including rain and wind gear because it’s the Gorge!
  4. Extra food and water
  5. First-aid kit
  6. Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  7. Matches and fire starter
  8. Knife or multipurpose tool
  9. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  10. Water filter or water purifying tablets
  11. Whistle
  12. Emergency blanket
  13. Printed hike description.
  14. Trash bag for “packing it in and packing it out!”

Optional but recommended items include: