Petroglyphs Tour at Horsethief Lake

Friday, October 21, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Visit Horsethief Lake Historical State Park to view and learn about the ancient petroglyphs and rock images.

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

Visit Horsethief Lake Historical State Park where retired Washington State Park Ranger Chon Clayton will guide you to view and learn about the ancient petroglyphs and rock images, including Tsagaglalal, "She Who Watches”.

Trained volunteers lead Friends outings

  • Hike Leader: Chon Clayton
  • Hike Shepherd: Robert Thoenen

What can you expect on this guided outing: This outing will appeal to those who prefer an easy, slow-paced, low intensity walk with minimal elevation gain. If you have an interest in history this outing is for you. The eastern Gorge is very exposed to sunlight, be prepared for hot temperatures.


  • Rattlesnakes live in the area, but they are fairly rare. The bullsnake is more common. Its color and markings are similar to a rattlesnake’s, but they don’t have rattles and they are not venomous.
  • Be aware that Horsethief Lake is often extremely windy.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (1 liter for every two hours);
  • 10+ Essentials in backpack;
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen;
  • A photo/copy of your vaccination card if proof not sent via email.

What to Wear:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, sneakers, or boots;
  • Long durable pants to protect from poison oak;
  • 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 Horsethief Lake
  • 12:00 p.m. - Outing concludes

Fee: Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  • Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station at Horsethief Butte for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

Restrooms: Nearest restroom located at Horsethief Lake.

Managed By: Washington State Parks: Horsethief Lake State Park

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: Angie Moore