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.

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

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.”




 

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

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Mosier Twin Tunnels Bike Ride, OR
Bicyclists enter the Mosier Twin Tunnels on the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail. (photo: Friends’ archive)

Mosier Twin Tunnels Bike Ride, OR

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:30am

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.

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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, September 10, 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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Mona Bell Hill and Tales of Toothrock, OR
A view from the Historic Highway State Trail near Mona Bell's hill. (photographer: Dawn Harrison)

Mona Bell Hill and Tales of Toothrock, OR

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:45am

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.

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Mosier Plateau, OR
Autumnal view from Friends’ Mosier Plateau land trust property. (photographer: Kate McBride)

Mosier Plateau, OR

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 9:45am

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.

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Full-Day White Salmon River Whitewater Rafting, WA
Wet Planet

Full-Day White Salmon River Whitewater Rafting, WA

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Hardy Creek Dog Hike, WA
A view on the Hardy Ridge Trail. (photographer: Kate Lindberg)

Hardy Creek Dog Hike, WA

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 9:30am

Moderate: 7.75 miles | 1330-ft elev. gain

Dogs are welcome on this hike with leader Jean Akers at Hardy Creek.

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Bridal Veil Falls and Loop, OR
Bridal Veil Falls (photographer: Michael Drewry)

Bridal Veil Falls and Loop, OR

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Larch Mountain to Franklin Ridge, OR
Forest scene along the Larch Mtn. trail. (photographer: Micheal Drewry)

Larch Mountain to Franklin Ridge, OR

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:30am

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.

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

Pierce National Wildlife Refuge, WA

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00am

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.

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Volcano Ridge Vineyard Walk and Wine Tasting, OR
“Wikers” (hike plus wine tasting) enjoy a stroll through the Volcano Ridge Vineyard (photographer: Pam Lindberg)

Volcano Ridge Vineyard Walk and Wine Tasting, OR

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 11:00am

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.

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Pool-of-the-Winds Falls and Little Beacon Rock, WA
The Pool of the Winds (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Pool-of-the-Winds Falls and Little Beacon Rock, WA

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Catherine Creek Picnic and Botanical Talk, WA
Hikers at Catherine Creek (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Catherine Creek Picnic and Botanical Talk, WA

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Gibbons Creek Wildlife Walk, WA
New Washougal Waterfront Trail (photo courtesy of Port of Camas-Washougal)

Gibbons Creek Wildlife Walk, WA

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 10:00am

Easy: 2 miles | no elev. gain

Walk along the new waterfront trail in Washougal with Angelina Aiello from the Port of Camas-Washougal.

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Nick Eaton Ridge, OR
Hiking the rugged Herman Creek Ridge trail toward Nick Eaton Ridge (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Nick Eaton Ridge, OR

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 9:00am

Strenuous: 10.2 miles | 3100-ft elev. gain

Climb the rugged Herman Creek trail with Field Representative Peter Cornelison to great Gorge views.

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Petroglyphs & Dancing Rock, WA
(photographer: Michael Horodyski)

Petroglyphs & Dancing Rock, WA

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:00am

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.

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Herman Creek Ancient Cedars, OR
One of the many cedars looming above Herman Creek. (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Herman Creek Ancient Cedars, OR

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Watercolor Workshop at Beacon Rock State Park, WA
Learn how to render your favorite Gorge landmarks in watercolor. (photo: Friends’ archive)

Watercolor Workshop at Beacon Rock State Park, WA

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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Horsetail, Ponytail, and Triple Falls, OR
You can walk behind Ponytail Falls on our guided hike! (photographer: Debbie Asakawa)

Horsetail, Ponytail, and Triple Falls, OR

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 9:30am

Moderate: 4.4 miles | 680-ft. elev. gain

Leader Billie Anger will lead this classic Gorge hike to three waterfalls.

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Maple Tree ID Hike, OR
Columbia Gorge maple awash in fall colors. (photographer: Oliver Dalton)

Maple Tree ID Hike, OR

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 9:00am

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.

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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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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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