Hike with Friends

With 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.

Friends’ Fall 2016 Hike Schedule

Friends’ Hike Program Information

Need Help Registering?

Contact Outreach Assistant Kate Lindberg:
971-634-1265  katel@gorgefriends.org


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.”




 

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

Larch Mountain Crater Loop, OR

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:30am

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.

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Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA
Enjoy stunning autumnal views from our Lyle Cherry Orchard land trust property. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR
Multnomah Falls with Benson Bridge in the foreground. (photographer: Kate Lindberg)

Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 9:30am

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.

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Gibbons Creek Bird Walk, WA
A heron takes flight at Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. (photographer: Mitch Hammontree)

Gibbons Creek Bird Walk, WA

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Wahclella Falls Salmon Hike, OR
Salmon going to spawn near Wahclella Falls. (photo: Friends’ archive)

Wahclella Falls Salmon Hike, OR

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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

Sandy River Delta Hike, OR

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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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

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:15am

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.

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Petroglyph Tour at Columbia Hills State Park, WA
She Who Watches (photographer: Rick Till)

Petroglyph Tour at Columbia Hills State Park, WA

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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NEW! Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Wygant Trail, OR
Mitchell Point from the Wygant Trail. (photographer: Paul Freeman)

NEW! Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Wygant Trail, OR

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00am

Spend the day widening the Wygant trail and doing tread work (dips and waterbars) with Oregon State Park Ranger Michael Schubert.

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Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA
Celebrating the successful installation of a boot brush at Lyle Cherry Orchard in 2015. (photographer: Stan Hall)

Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Lyle Cherry Orchard, WA

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 10:00am

Join Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods to remove deteriorated wood fences and posts so wildlife can traverse this land trust property unhindered.

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Wildlife Ecology Excursion, WA
Elk spotted in the Columbia Gorge, 2016. (photographer: Brian Kelly)

Wildlife Ecology Excursion, WA

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Sam Hill Tribute Tour, WA
Historic photograph of Sam Hill’s “Convict Road.” (photo: Friends’ archive)

Sam Hill Tribute Tour, WA

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 9:00am

Driving tour with Short Walks

Join Executive Director Kevin Gorman for a driving tour and short hikes celebrating Sam Hill.

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Waterfall Photography at Wahclella Falls, OR
(photographer: Mary Grout)

Waterfall Photography at Wahclella Falls, OR

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 9:45am

Easy: 2 miles | 380-ft elev. gain

Beginner photographers will learn basics of slow-shutter waterfall photography using their dSLR or similar digital camera.

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

Horsetail Falls Pika Hike, OR

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Two Klickitat River Rail-Trail Hikes, WA
Hiking on the trail from Lyle to Fisher Hill Bridge. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Two Klickitat River Rail-Trail Hikes, WA

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:30am

Two Klickitat River Rail-Trail Hikes, WA

Celebrate Klickitat Trail Conservancy’s 14th anniversary along the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River.

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Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Creek Falls, OR
Environmental educator Roland Begin leads families past Elowah Falls. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Creek Falls, OR

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:30am

Easy: 4 miles | 600-ft elev. gain

An educational scavenger hunt enriches this hike with environmental educator Roland Begin. Great for the whole family!

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Latourell Falls, OR
Latourell Falls is especially beautiful when flanked by autumn colors. (photo: Friends’ archive)

Latourell Falls, OR

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR
Multnomah Falls with Benson Bridge in the foreground. (photographer: Kate Lindberg)

Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls Loop, OR

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:30am

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.

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Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Mosier Plateau, OR
Our Mosier Plateau land trust property is a lovely place to pitch in for the Gorge. (photographer: Sara Woods)

Lend-a-Hand Stewardship Mosier Plateau, OR

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 10:00am

Join Stewardship Coordinator Sara Woods for trail work at the Mosier Plateau installing directional signs, spreading gravel, and reseeding along the trail.

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Winter Bald Eagle Viewing
Bald eagle near the Columbia River. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Winter Bald Eagle Viewing

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - 10:00am

This is a prime opportunity to watch bald eagles in the Columbia Gorge. Date and details announced in January.

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