Hike with Friends

Friends of the Columbia Gorge organizes more than 100 educational outings each year during our fall and spring hike seasons. No experience is necessary - all are welcome to join us! Browse the outings listed below and simply click on the title and follow directions to complete your registration.

You can also view these outings on our calendar.

Hiking Resources
Fall 2014 Detailed Hiking Brochure

Fall 2014 Condensed Hiking Card (for your fridge!)
Friends Hiking Program Information & Tips

Gorge Recreation Passes & Permits
A guide to navigating Gorge Recreation Passes & Permits.

Make your next Gorge outing a Play & Stay weekend!
Learn more about this program which is a part of Friends' Gorge Towns to Trails initiative.

Contact Us
Kate Lindberg at 971-634-1265 or katel@gorgefriends.org or Maegan Jossy at 971-634-2028 or maegan@gorgefriends.org.

Friends salutes our volunteer hike leaders and shepherds and partnering organizations in offering these guided outings.

Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge

The Columbia Gorge has been home to forests, wildlife, and changing communities for thousands of years. Our Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge invites you to take a closer look. You’ll learn about geologic and historic features hidden in Gorge landscapes. Between March 15 and October 31, try to find all 20 items listed.

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Mona Bell Hill & Bonneville Dam, OR

A_Woman_Alone_Mona__Bell-L.jpgPS.jpg  specialfocus.jpg  Easy: 2 miles, little elev. gain

John Harrison, author of A Woman Alone, will share the story of Sam Hill's mistress Mona Bell, the mansion Sam built for her, and her battle with the federal government after her home and property were condemned to make way for Bonneville Dam.

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Triple Falls, OR

PS.jpg   Moderate: 4.4 miles, 680 ft. elev. gain.

We'll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by hiking with OR Wild Wilderness Campaign Organizer Bridget Callahan into the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness. She'll tell us about the history and importance of this pristine wild area as we hike past three beautiful waterfalls.

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Historic Highway State Trail Tour, OR

membersonly.jpg  PS.jpg  Easy: Driving tour with short walks

Explore the next restoration phase of the Historic Columbia River Highway between Wyeth and Hood River with ODOT Project Manager Kristen Stallman. Enjoy short walks on old areas of the Historic Highway that few have seen before. $20 fee*.

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Gibbons Creek Nature Walk, WA

specialfocus.jpg  Easy: 2.5 miles, no elevation gain

Join naturalist Joan Durgin on a leisurely walk at the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge. Learn cultural and natural history while viewing some of the 200+ animal species that call the refuge home.

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Multnomah-Wahkeena Falls, OR

membersonly.jpg  Moderate: 4.8 miles, 1,540-ft elev. gain

Follow leader John Morris on this classic Western Gorge hike. Fall colors will be starting to tinge the deciduous trees on this shady trail that takes us past seven cascading waterfalls. 

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Petroglyph Tour, WA

membersonly.jpg Histories__Mysteries.jpg Easy: 1 mile, little elev. gain

Washington State Park Ranger Chon Clayton will share native history as we visit the famed “She Who Watches” and other petroglyphs. 

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Herman Creek Ancient Cedars, OR

specialfocus.jpg Strenuous: 15 miles, 2,600' elev. gain

Leader Jim Chase and Conservation Organizer Ryan Rittenhouse will guide us past lovely waterfalls and through groves of ancient firs and hemlocks to one of the finest remaining stands of old-growth red cedars in the Columbia Gorge. The hike is long, but the trail is in good condition and the elevation gain is gradual.

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Lend-a-Hand Stewardship at Memaloose Meadows, OR

TREE.jpg  Help to remove old fencing while exploring this new land trust proprety with Land Trust Manager Kate McBride. 

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Mosier Plateau & Wine Tasting, OR

membersonly.jpg   Easy: 3.5 miles, 600 ft elev. gain

Enjoy panoramic views from the newly built trail on the bluff above Mosier. Gorge Towns to Trails Project Manager Renee Tkach will share the history and plans for this land trust property. Afterwards enjoy wine tasting at nearby Analemma Vineyards.

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