Kick off the fall hiking season with Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods. We’ll install two boot brushes to help reduce the spread of invasive weeds on this beautiful property.Details
Hike with FriendsWith 100+ guided outings a year to choose from, there is something for everyone! Whether it be 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 by signing up to hike with Friends. Each outing has an educational theme and is led by knowledgable volunteer hike leaders and shepherds. Meet our hike leaders and shepherds.
We have 38 outings scheduled for our fall guided hike season which runs Sept. 9 - Nov. 5. General Registration begins Sept. 1. Can't wait that long? Become a member and enjoy the benefit of early registration beginning Aug. 25.
Friends’ Fall 2016 Hike Schedule
Friends’ Hike Program Information
- Guided outings are free unless otherwise noted.
- Friends' members can register early and join members-only outings.
- View our Hiking Program Information & Guidelines for complete information.
Need Help Registering?Contact Outreach Assistant Kate Lindberg:
Friends' hike program is sponsored by avid hiker & criminal defense attorney Jim O'Rourke. Jim believes “the Gorge really is the eighth wonder of the world and protecting it is incredibly important. Being a member of Friends gives me a way to be helpful in protecting that resource.”
Ride from Hood River to Rowena Crest with Kim Owen on the Historic Highway through the Mosier Twin Tunnels past vineyards, orchards, and river views.Details
Spend the day widening the Wygant trail and doing tread work (dips and waterbars) with Oregon State Park Ranger Michael Schubert.Details
Easy: 2 miles | little elev. gain
Walk with John Harrison, author of "A Woman Alone," along a section of Sam Hill’s Columbia River Highway and learn about Hill’s consort, Mona Bell.
Easy: 3.5 miles | 600-ft. elev. gain
Enjoy panoramic views from the Mosier Plateau with Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy. Optional wine tasting and tour later at Analemma Winery.
This full-day guided raft trip on the White Salmon River with Wet Planet Whitewater will wind through deep canyons where Condit Dam once blocked the river, then pass through Narrows Canyon and down to the Columbia River.Details
Moderate: 7.75 miles | 1330-ft elev. gain
Dogs are welcome on this hike with leader Jean Akers at Hardy Creek.
Easy: 1.2 miles | 70-ft. elev. gain
Hear history and tales of Bridal Veil Falls State Park as we hike with Oregon State Park Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser.
Strenuous: 8 miles | 2000-ft elev. gain
Learn forest ecology, tree identification, and characteristics of wilderness on this hike with U.S. Forest Service Ranger Jon Erickson.
Easy: 3 miles | little elev. gain
Join birder Randy Fortish for a leisurely-paced hike through this beautiful wetland area with oak woodlands and open fields.
Easy: 2 miles | 600-ft elev. gain
Enjoy this native habitat, as Volcano Ridge Vineyard owner Alan Busacca describes the grape harvest and environmental practices.
Easy: 2.5 miles | 500-ft. elev. gain
This hike to Pool of the Winds and Little Beacon Rock features an educational scavenger hunt with environmental educator Roland Begin. Great for the whole family.
Easy: 1 mile | 200-ft. elev. gain
As we stroll to the natural rock arch, botanist Pappy Corbitt will describe medicinal properties of local plants.
Easy: 2 miles | no elev. gain
Walk along the new waterfront trail in Washougal with Angelina Aiello from the Port of Camas-Washougal.
Strenuous: 10.2 miles | 3100-ft elev. gain
Climb the rugged Herman Creek trail with Field Representative Peter Cornelison to great Gorge views.
Easy: 2-3 miles | little elev. gain
Friends board member Jim Chase will lead us to ancient petroglyphs and rock images, including “She Who Watches,” and to traces of the Ice Age Floods at Dancing Rock Land Trust property.
Expert: 15 miles | 2600-ft elev. gain
Hike with Jim Chase past sparkling waterfalls and through towering stands of noble fir, hemlock, and Douglas fir to a stunning grove of ancient red cedar.
Learn watercolor techniques at Beacon Rock in this day-long class with environmental scientist and artist Heather Brunelle. Beginners or advanced painters welcome.
No hiking involved.
Moderate: 4.4 miles | 680-ft. elev. gain
Leader Billie Anger will lead this classic Gorge hike to three waterfalls.
Moderate: 4 miles | 600-ft elev. gain
On this hike up the Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Falls trails with Tom Kloster, we’ll learn to identify three species of maple trees that are native to the Gorge.
Mod/stren: 6 miles | 1100-ft elev. gain
Hike an enchanted old-growth forest with leader Ruth Johnson out to Sherrard Point, where we’ll enjoy views of the Columbia River and five major volcanic peaks.
Moderate: 5 miles | 1500-ft elev. gain
"Gorge Towns to Trails" Project Manager Renee Tkach will guide us up to the old pioneer cherry orchard, sharing trail plans and stories of Sam Hill’s historic “Convict Road.”
Optional wine tasting later at COR Cellars.
Moderate: 4.8 miles | 1540-ft elev. gain
Hike this famed waterfall trail lined in fall colors with Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy, past seven cascading waterfalls.
Easy: 2.5 miles | no elevation gain
Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards Dave Pinkernell and Jared Strawderman will share natural and cultural history on this hike at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 200 avian species make their homes.
Easy: 1.8 miles | 300-ft elev. gain
Hike up Tanner Creek to thundering Wahclella Falls with Mary Ann Schmidt on this educational outing to witness fall spawning. Wonderful as a family outing.
Easy: 4 miles | no elev. gain
Enjoy an easy hike at the Sandy River Delta with Bill Weiler of the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Jeff Schuh of Friends of the Sandy River Delta, and Courtney Yilk of
Confluence. A dog-friendly outing.
Moderate: 28.5 miles | 1417-ft elev. loss
Ride the old railbed along Swale Creek with Field Representative Peter Cornelison. This one-way ride from Harms Road down to Lyle crosses some rough railroad rock and offers great views of massive rocks, arid landscape, and wildlife habitat. Involves a car shuttle.
Easy: .5 miles | 50-ft elev. gain
A quiet walk on Yakama tribal land with leader Judy Todd to view petroglyphs and pictographs including Tsagaglalal, or She Who Watches.
Join Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods to remove deteriorated wood fences and posts so wildlife can traverse this land trust property unhindered.Details
Driving tour with Short Walks
Explore several sites featuring rare wildlife habitat with wildlife biologist Bill Weiler who will discuss habitat enhancement and the threats facing these species.
Driving tour with Short Walks
Join Executive Director Kevin Gorman for a driving tour and short hikes celebrating Sam Hill.
Easy: 2 miles | 380-ft elev. gain
Beginner photographers will learn basics of slow-shutter waterfall photography using their dSLR or similar digital camera.
Easy: 1 mile | 500-ft elev. gain
A Cascade Pika Watch volunteer will lead this hike in Gorge habitat of the American pika, a small alpine creature considered a sensitive indicator of climate change.
Two Klickitat River Rail-Trail Hikes, WA
Celebrate Klickitat Trail Conservancy’s 14th anniversary along the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River.
Easy: 4 miles | 600-ft elev. gain
An educational scavenger hunt enriches this hike with environmental educator Roland Begin. Great for the whole family!
Easy: 2.4 miles | 520-ft elev. gain
Hike this loop trail with leader Pappy Corbitt to Lower and Upper Latourell Falls to learn about unique floral niches.
Moderate: 4.8 miles | 1540-ft elev. gain
Hike this stunning waterfall trail with Paul Gerald, author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and other guides.
Join Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods for trail work at the Mosier Plateau installing directional signs, spreading gravel, and reseeding along the trail.Details
This is a prime opportunity to watch bald eagles in the Columbia Gorge. Date and details announced in January.Details