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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Herman Creek to Wyeth, OR

Moderate: 10.4 mi, 950-ft evel. gain

Follow leader Hal White through mixed forests with vine maple showing off their autumn colors to nice views on this seldom traveled trail.

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Latourell Falls, OR

membersonly.jpg  Easy: 2.4 miles, 520-ft elevation gain

This loop hike with leader Ross Edginton passes the lower and upper falls, framed by beautiful autumn colors. We'll hear little-known stories of the town of Latourell and learn about the lovely Historic Columbia River Highway Bridge. 

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PCT to Greenleaf Overlook, WA

membersonly.jpg  specialfocus.jpg Moderate: 8.8 miles, 800-ft elev. gain

Hike through harvested and timbered areas to spectacular Gorge views guided by Pacific Crest Trail Association staffer Dana Hendricks as she discusses the history, status, and future goals for the Pacific Crest Trail along private lands. Also learn about the term "Wild Effect."

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Lend-a-Hand Stewardship at Mosier Plateau, OR

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Stewardship.jpg Plant native wildflower seed and grasses at this beautiful land trust property and tend to trail maintenance. This work party is provided by an REI grant. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Snacks are provided!

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Bald Eagle Viewing at Balfour-Klickitat, WA

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specialfocus.jpgEasy: 1 mile, 170-ft. elev. gain 

This annual winter outing is a prime opportunity to watch bald eagles along the Klickitat River. Wildlife biologist Tim Pitz will bring spotting scopes and introduce us to eagles that migrate here to feed on the salmon. Date and details will be announced in early January and we will email you. The date above is simply a placeholder.

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