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With 100+ guided outings a year to choose from, there is something for everyone!

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Whether it's wildflower walks, kayak trips, geology tours, or bike rides we've made it easy for you to enjoy unique outings in all areas of the Columbia Gorge. Each outing has an educational theme and is led by knowledgable volunteer hike leaders and shepherds. Meet our hike leaders and shepherds.

First-time hiking with Friends? Learn all about it in our Hike Program Information & Guidelines.


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Spring & Summer 2017 Outings

Weldon Wagon Road, WA
Photo: Cheryl Hill

Weldon Wagon Road, WA

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Hike this historic early 1900's wagon road for a weekday wildflower show with leader Kim Owen.

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Wilderness First Aid Training
WFA students practicing back-country first aid skills. (Photo: Friends' archives)

Wilderness First Aid Training

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:45 a.m.

Learn how to treat an injury or illness in the backcountry where help is delayed. This is a two-day, hands-on interactive training customized for Friends Leaders & Shepherds.

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Ferry Springs on the Deschutes River Trail, OR
(Photo: Mike Drewry)

Ferry Springs on the Deschutes River Trail, OR

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:45 a.m.

Hike with leader Ross Edginton to sweeping views on this high desert landscape.

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Sandy River Delta Evening Walk, OR
Architect Maya Lin’s Bird Blind at the Sandy River Delta. (photographer: Joan Amero)

Sandy River Delta Evening Walk, OR

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 4:30 p.m.

A late afternoon walk to learn about the collaborative restoration efforts of this multi-use site.

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Elowah and Upper McCord Falls Family Hike, OR
Elowah Falls (photographer: Mike Drewry)

Elowah and Upper McCord Falls Family Hike, OR

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

A family-friendly hike to two waterfalls with environmental educator Roland Begin.

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Columbia Hills Wildflowers, WA
Photo: Debbie Asakawa

Columbia Hills Wildflowers, WA

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

View lush wildflowers at peak on this meandering trail, and enjoy optional wine tasting afterwards.

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Ecology of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA
(Photos c/o www.fws.gov)

Ecology of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, WA

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Discover the rich ecology of Conboy Lake NWR with leader Ralph Rogers.

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Petroglyphs & Dancing Rock, WA
Photo: Michael Horodyski

Petroglyphs & Dancing Rock, WA

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

View Horsethief Lake petroglyphs, then learn about ice age floods at nearby Dancing Rock Land Trust property.

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Klickitat River Rafting, WA
Photo: Wet Planet

Klickitat River Rafting, WA

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Full day rafting trip on the Klickitat River.

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Little Beacon Rock Family Hike, WA
The Pool of the Winds (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Little Beacon Rock Family Hike, WA

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Family-friendly hike to Rodney Falls and Little Beacon Rock with Environmental Educator Roland Begin.

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All Access Outing to Mosier Twin Tunnels, OR
Photo: Debbie Asakawa

All Access Outing to Mosier Twin Tunnels, OR

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Hikers of all abilities can enjoy this easy-paced walk on this flat, paved trail with leader Annette Hadaway.

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Cape Horn Upper Trail, WA
Photo: James Holloway

Cape Horn Upper Trail, WA

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy peak delphinium bloom on this special trail with CHC Board Member Jill Turner.

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Falls Creek and Panther Creek Falls, WA
Panther Creek Falls. (Photo: Jeremiah Leipold)

Falls Creek and Panther Creek Falls, WA

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Follow leader Jane Garbisch on two hikes to two incredible waterfalls.

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Riparian Ecology along the Deschutes River Trail, OR
Photo: Mark McConnell

Riparian Ecology along the Deschutes River Trail, OR

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the riparian ecology along the Deschutes River with leader Ralph Rogers.

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Lichen Discovery Hike - Location TBD
Lichen on rocks in the Gorge (photo: Debbie Asakawa)

Lichen Discovery Hike - Location TBD

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Family-friendly outing to discovery and explore forest lichen up close with U.S. Forest Service Botanist Andrea Montgomery.

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Swale Canyon Bike Ride, WA
Cyclists ride along an old railbed in Swale Canyon. (photographer: Maegan Jossy)

Swale Canyon Bike Ride, WA

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.

Ride the old railbed along Swale Creek with Field Rep. Peter Cornelison.

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Geology Hike to Wahclella Falls, OR
Photo: Michael Horodyski

Geology Hike to Wahclella Falls, OR

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the earth forces that created the Columbia Gorge on this hike to thundering Wahclella Falls.

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Dog Mountain, WA
Photo: Greg Lief

Dog Mountain, WA

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Hike this strenuous trail, famed for its wildflower show with leader Karl Kratzer.

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Coyote Wall & Labyrinth, WA
Photo: Debbie Asakawa

Coyote Wall & Labyrinth, WA

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:15 a.m.

Climb dramatic Coyote Wall with leader Annette Hadaway for sweeping views.

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Gibbons Creek Wildlife Walk, WA
Photo: Debbie Asakawa

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Walk, WA

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about the many birds and other animals that call this refuge home on this leisurely hike with Gorge Refuge Steward Joan Durgin.

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Whistling Ridge, WA
Photo: Jim Chase

Whistling Ridge, WA

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9:15 a.m.

Hike with Friends Senior Staff Attorney Nathan Baker across this scenic ridge and learn about a proposed wind energy project.

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Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, WA
The wetlands at Pierce National Wildlife Refuge (photographer: Annie Dornquast)

Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, WA

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.

Learn about wildlife on this early-morning stroll with Gorge Refuge Steward Randy Fortish.

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Angel's Rest, OR
Photo: Lorna Hewett

Angel's Rest, OR

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Hike this iconic trail with Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy for views up and down the Columbia.

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Multnomah to Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR
Photo: Kate Lindberg

Multnomah to Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Hike this classic loop with leader Annette Hadaway.

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Beacon Rock Geology & River-to-Rock Ramble, WA
Photo: Friends' Archives

Beacon Rock Geology & River-to-Rock Ramble, WA

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Learn about the human and natural history of Beacon Rock, including how the Ice Age Floods shaped the Gorge.

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Triple Falls Loop, OR
Photo: Don Jacobson

Triple Falls Loop, OR

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Enjoy the beauty of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on this hike to iconic Triple Falls.

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Petroglyphs Tour & Wine, WA
Photo: Mike Drewry

Petroglyphs Tour & Wine, WA

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

View "She Who Watches" and other petroglyphs with Board Member Jim Chase. Optional wine tasting afterwards.

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Fort Cascades Historic Trail & Bonneville Dam Tour, WA
Photo: Jesse Brownlee

Fort Cascades Historic Trail & Bonneville Dam Tour, WA

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Learn the history of this area used by early settlers from Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee, then tour Bonneville Dam and the fish-viewing areas.

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Historic Highway Bingo Tour, OR

Historic Highway Bingo Tour, OR

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Explore the newest sections of the historic highway with Kristen Stallman and Maegan Jossy - bingo game cards provided for an interactive experience!

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Hamilton Mountain, WA
View from Hamilton Mountain trail (Debbie Asakawa)

Hamilton Mountain, WA

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Climb high above the Gorge with leader Sharon Ross.

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PCT to Greenleaf Overlook
Hike through timbered and harvested landscapes to beautiful views (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

PCT to Greenleaf Overlook

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Hike with author Eli Boschetto to learn more about the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Grassy Knoll, WA
Photo: Jim Chase

Grassy Knoll, WA

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Hike with Board Member Jim Chase on a ridge covered in wildflowers to great mountain and Gorge views.

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Memorial Hike for Hal White

Memorial Hike for Hal White

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Last November we lost a dear Friend and fellow volunteer. One of Hal’s favorite spots in the Gorge (there were many!) is the Herman Creek area. We ar

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Silver Star Mountain, WA
Photo: Laurie Gunn

Silver Star Mountain, WA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 9:15 a.m.

Hike with Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy on the first day of summer on this fantastic and unique wildflower hike.

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Dry Creek Falls, OR
Photo: Warren Morgan

Dry Creek Falls, OR

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Discover this often-overlooked, secluded waterfall with leader Kristen Price.

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Little Baldy, WA
Photo: Debbie Asakawa

Little Baldy, WA

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:15 a.m.

Climb to 360-degree views with Board Member Jim Chase.

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Rooster Rock Kayak Tour, OR
Photo: Mayah Frank

Rooster Rock Kayak Tour, OR

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Join Oregon State Park Rangers on an educational paddle at Rooster Rock State Park.

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Larch Mountain Crater Loop, OR
Photo: Brian Barker

Larch Mountain Crater Loop, OR

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Hike with Executive Director Kevin Gorman though an old growth forest, ending the day with panoramic views at Sherrard Point.

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Tanner Butte, OR
Into the forest on the trail to Tanner Butte (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Tanner Butte, OR

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 7:15 a.m.

Follow Paul Freeman on this full day hike during prime beargrass bloom.

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*Bridal Veil* Full Moon Hike, OR
Full moon over Mt. Hood (photo: Jeremiah Leipold)

*Bridal Veil* Full Moon Hike, OR

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00 p.m.

Join Oregon State Park Rangers on a full moon exploration of your senses.

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Wahclella Falls Family Hike, OR
Photo: Michael Horodyski

Wahclella Falls Family Hike, OR

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Family-friendly outing to Wahclella Falls, learning about plants and animals along the way with leader Sam Dumont.

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Larch Mountain Loop Dog Hike, OR
View of Mt. Hood from Sherrard Point. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Larch Mountain Loop Dog Hike, OR

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m.

Hike with your four-legged friends through old-growth forests with leader Madeleine von Laue.

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Horsetail Falls Pika Hike, OR
A pika is spotted in its native Gorge habitat (Photo: John Carr).

Horsetail Falls Pika Hike, OR

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Learn about this elusive species from a Cascade Pika Watch volunteer.

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Cape Horn Full Loop, WA
Photo: James Holloway

Cape Horn Full Loop, WA

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Take in breathtaking views from several viewpoints on this midsummer hike the first weekend the full loop is back open.

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White Salmon River Rafting - Full Day
(photo courtesy of Wet Planet)

White Salmon River Rafting - Full Day

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy a full day rafting trip on the White Salmon River.

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