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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Falls Creek Falls & Panther Creek Falls, WA

lower_falls_creek_falls.jpgmembersonly.jpg  Moderate: 3.4 miles, 650-ft. elev. gain

Join other Friends members to celebrate the first day of fall with leader Jane Garbisch on this lovely trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. We'll ascend a gentle grade along a cascading creek to a breathtaking, multi-tiered waterfall, and make a side trip to nearby Panther Creek Falls before heading home.
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Fishwheels of the Gorge, WA

im478z700.jpgmembersonly.jpg Histories__Mysteries.jpg Difficult: 2 miles, no elev. gain (rocky shoreline*)

Join other members to learn about the fishwheels of the Gorge with Scott Cook, author of the wildly popular Curious Gorge hiking guidebook. He'll lead us on this history walk back to the late 1800s, when fishwheels churned on both sides of the Columbia.

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Fort Cascades Historic Trail and Fisheries Tour, WA

PS.jpg  Histories__Mysteries.jpg  Easy: 1.5 miles, little elev. gain     

Stroll this historic trail with Park Ranger Jesse Brownlee while discovering the rich history of the area as you learn about the First People, pioneers, military presence and today's inhabitants that have long called this place home.

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Hawk Watch at Nestor Peak, WA

membersonly.jpg  Easy: 2 miles, 700-ft elev. gainspecialfocus.jpg

 Practice your raptor identification skills on this hike with Wildlife biologist Tim Pitz and Conservation Organizer Ryan Rittenhouse during the annual fall raptor migration through the Gorge.

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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

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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