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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Nick Eaton Ridge, OR

membersonly.jpg  Strenuous: 12 miles, 3,500-ft elev. gain

Climb up along Casey Creek with Field Representative Peter Cornelison to outstanding Gorge views. We'll pass Deadwood Camp on our gradual descent amid bright autumn foliage.

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Columbia Hills Homestead & Wine Tasting, OR

membersonly.jpg specialfocus.jpg Moderate: 3 miles, 750-ft elev. gain

Explore the late 1800's homestead sites of the Columbia Hills, including the Lucas and Crawford sites with Judy Bentley, author of Hiking Washington's History. This hike loosely follows Eight-Mile Creek. Afterwards enjoy wine tasting at nearby Jacob Williams Winery

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Volcano Ridge Vineyard Walk & Wine Tasting, OR - Cancelled

PS.jpgspecialfocus.jpg  Easy, 2 miles, 600-ft elev. gain

Stroll an open expanse of native white oak, ponderosa pine, and bunchgrass habitat at Volcano Ridge Vineyard with Alan Busacca, owner and viticulture expert. Learn about grape harvesting and environmental protections, then enjoy wine tasting. $20 fee*.

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Lewis & Clark Tour, OR/WA

insmap.gifmembersonly.jpg Histories__Mysteries.jpg Driving Tour with short walks

Follow the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as they journeyed through the Gorge in 1805 and 1806, heading to the Pacific Ocean. Friends Executive Director Kevin Gorman will co-lead this tour with Lewis and Clark expert Roger Wendlick, making numerous stops at places visited by the famed explorers. $20 fee*.

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Lyle Cherry Orchard & Wine Tasting, WA

PS.jpg  Histories__Mysteries.jpg  Moderate: 5 miles, 1,500-ft elev. gain

Field Organizer Peter Cornelison will guide us up oak woodland slopes on our land trust property. Learn about the former cherry orchard, future trail plans, and the historical Sam Hill convict road. Afterwards we'll stop in at COR Cellars for wine tasting.

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Bridal Veil Full Moon Walk, OR


specialfocus.jpg Easy: 0.5 miles, little elevation gain

One of nature's most spectacular events happens daily when day turns into night and the familiar becomes the mysterious. Join Oregon State Park Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser on a full moon exploration of the senses on this guided night hike. Learn about nocturnal animal adaptations while testing your own.

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Beacon Rock Geology, WA

membersonly.jpg Histories__Mysteries.jpg  Moderate: 2 miles, 800-ft elev. gain

Follow leader Jim Chase up Beacon Rock to an iconic viewpoint high above the river. Jim will kick off the hike with a 20-minute Ice Age Floods presentation describing the epic glacial floods that shaped the Columbia Gorge more than 15,000 years ago. 

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Klickitat Trail to Pitt, WA

Two Hike Options

Easy: 4 miles, no elev. gain;  Moderate/Strenuous: 8 miles, 100-ft. elev. gain

Celebrate the Klickitat Trail Conservancy’s 12th anniversary on the Wild and Scenic Klickitat River. Enjoy a leisurely 4-mile hike along the river with Jim Denton and other KTC members from the trailhead to Fisher Bridge, or take the full 8-mile hike upriver to the town of Pitt. 

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Petroglyph Tour and Dancing Rock Walk, WA

membersonly.jpg Histories__Mysteries.jpg Easy: 2-3 miles, little elev. gain

Washington State Park Ranger Chon Clayton will share native history as we visit the famed "She Who Watches" and other petroglpyhs. After lunch, enjoy a walk led by Jim Chase at nearby Dancing Rock property owned by Friends' Land Trust.

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