Grassy Knoll Wildflowers

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hike Difficulty Level: Strenuous: 8 miles | 1,950-ft elev. gain

Before you register, please:

  • Read our updated digital Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.
  • Read our COVID-19 Event FAQ here. Friends now requires participants to be vaccinated in order to attend outings. After you register, you will be asked to present proof of vaccination.
  • Complete the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker 48 hours before the outing.

Outing Description

Follow naturalist Ralph Thomas Rogers on a slow-paced leisurely hike along a ridge carpeted with diverse wildflowers through lush forests and dryer open patches, to an icy spring (time permitting); making frequent stops to identify flowering plants and birds as opportunities arise. Come prepared for cool and/or rainy conditions at this high altitude location. *Strenuous hikes will challenge most hikers. The hike will generally be longer and steeper, but may be deemed "Strenuous" because of the elevation gain. Generally 7 to 10 miles.

Trained volunteers lead Friends outings

  • Hike Leader: Ralph Thomas Rogers
  • Hike Shepherd: Robert Thoenen

What you can expect on this guided outing: This outing will appeal to those who prefer a slow-paced outing that frequently stops to identify and learn about plants and wildlife. This outing is not for those who want to hike a fast pace.

Hazards: Portions of this trail are on rocky scree, semi-rugged, and steep in sections; hiking poles are highly recommended. Wear long pants as poison oak can be found along the trail. View the recommended 10+ Essentials List to help you pack.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (1 liter for every two hours);
  • 10+ Essentials in backpack;
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen;
  • Hiking poles (if you have them, they will be very helpful when navigating the rocky area.);
  • A photo/copy of your vaccination card if proof not sent via email.

What to Wear:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, sneakers, or boots.
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing for protection against wet or cold weather. Be ready to shed layers in hot temperatures.


  • 9:00 a.m. - Meet at the trailhead
  • 4:00 p.m. - Outing concludes back at the trailhead

Fee: None

Managed By: U.S. Forest Service

What to expect at a Friends guided outing: Expect a supportive and welcoming space where experienced hike leaders and shepherds guide you throughout Gorge outdoor spaces. Friends outings provide the opportunity to explore the Columbia Gorge, build community, and learn how Friends is the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge.

A confirmation email with outing details will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Gonzalez at or 971-634-1265.

Photo: Jim Chase