Trailhead Ambassadors

Trailhead Ambassadors
Trailhead Ambassadors at Latourell Falls State Park May 2018 (photographer Micheal Drewry).

Educating Hikers on the Trails

As trail conditions change and more fire-affected areas are reopened, the need for up-to-date information is critical. To minimize trail congestion and aid ongoing public safety initiatives, Friends in 2018 has expanded its Trailhead Ambassador program—a collaboration between Friends, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance, Oregon State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Launched in summer 2017, the program places friendly volunteers at popular trailheads in the Gorge and Mt. Hood area to educate hikers on leave-no-trace principles, underscore trail safety tips and highlight other nearby recreational opportunities through online resources such as Ready, Set, GOrge.

The program is currently seeking volunteers to serve as trailhead ambassadors. The Trailhead Ambassador program is designed to equip Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge hikers with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking in the region. 

We are looking for outgoing volunteers to answer hiker and Eagle Creek fire related questions, promote responsible hiker ethics like Leave No Trace, and highlight Ready, Set, Gorge tips. Volunteer trailhead ambassadors will be placed at some of the busiest trailheads on Mt. Hood and in the Columbia Gorge during peak season (April - September).

Volunteer Information and Resource Page


  • Friendly, professional, outgoing individual 
  • Enjoys informing and helping others 
  • Has knowledge of Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood trails 
  • Access to a vehicle to carry program equipment


  • Fill out an application and sign a volunteer agreement 
  • Attend required volunteer training 
  • Participate in a minimum of four shifts (6 hrs.) this spring and summer 
  • Has transportation to and from the trailhead and can carry equipment 


  • Columbia Sportswear “Trailhead Ambassador” tech tee 
  • NW Forest Pass after completing 24 hours of volunteer service 
  • End of season volunteer appreciation event 
  • Reward of encouraging hikers to recreate safely, informed, and responsibly 
  • Opportunity to meet people from all over the world 

Getting Started

To become a trailhead ambassador volunteer, please sign up below. Then you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our volunteer application. Please complete the seven questions so we can get to know you better. Thirdly, make sure you are registered for one of the required trainings. 


Volunteers are required to attend a four-hour training. We will not be offering any more trainings for the 2018 season. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Ali Smith at

Season-Ending Soiree  

On Sunday, September 23 enjoy an afternoon together to celebrate YOU and this year's amazing Trailhead Ambassador season. We'll have snacks, a slideshow, some prizes and more. Sign up.

Register for a Volunteer Shift

Click here to sign-up for a trailhead shift.


  • Contact Trailhead Ambassador Coordinator Ali Smith at

    Trailhead Ambassador Volunteer Registration

    Registration is a two-step process.
    1. Click "+Add" to complete a separate ticket for each person in your party.
    2. On 2nd page, click the bubble next to the main contact’s name (to autofill the information). This person will receive the confirmation email.
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