A Walk Through Time on the East Mayer Trail - Members Only

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Easy: 3 miles | 430-ft elev. Gain

Before you register, please:

  • Please read our electronic Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration

Outing Description

Step into the past with Oregon State Park Ranger Miranda Mendoza as you enjoy an early spring walk and explore some of the Gorge's hidden (and not so hidden) pieces of the past along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail.

What you can expect on this guided outing: Enjoy a slow-paced meandering walk along the paved Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. The group will head out from the east trailhead to the overlook just west of the twin tunnels. There will be plenty of time for photo stops, snacks, closer looks at the geological formations, and hopefully some of the first wildflowers of the season.

Hazards: Poison oak, and ticks (seasonal). Trail is paved with gradual incline.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (1 liter for every two hours);
  • 10+ Essentials in backpack;
  • Tecnu (poison oak wash);
  • Insect repellent (bug spray);
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen;
  • Hiking poles (if you have them, they will be very helpful when navigating the rocky area.);

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.


  • 10:00 a.m. - Meet at the trailhead
  • 1:00 p.m. - Outing concludes back at the trailhead

Fee: $5 parking permits can be purchased on site

Restrooms: Nearest restroom located at Mayer State Park

Managed By: Oregon State Parks

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 hikes@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265.

Photo: Julie Sarnowski