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 events in a calendar. Questions? Check out our Hiking Information & Tips or contact Maegan Jossy at 971-634-2028 or maegan@gorgefriends.org. Friends salutes our volunteer hike leaders and shepherds and partnering organizations in offering our guided outings.

Download the Spring 2014 Hike Brochure

Download the Spring 2014 Hike Schedule (card form)

Download our guide to navigating Gorge Recreation Passes & Permits. Learn more about Washington's Discover Pass and the Northwest Forest Pass.

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

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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Weldon Wagon Road, WA

Photo by Angie Moore

Moderate: 7 miles, 1,340-ft elev. gain

Leader Kim Owen will lead us on this historic wagon road that crosses fields of wildflowers and expansive oak woodlands.

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Herman Creek to Casey Creek, OR

Photo by L. Hewitt

Strenuous: 7.6 miles and 2800-ft elev. gain

Follow hike leader Hal White through stunning old-growth forests and past several waterfalls on this hike to great views.

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Mosier Plateau & Garnier Vineyards, OR

Photo by Joe UrmosModerate: 4.5 miles, 600-ft elev. gain

Join Renee Tkach, Gorge Towns to Trails Project Manager, on this hike starting at Mosier and hiking on Friends’ Land Trust property at Mosier Plateau for an incredible wildflower display coupled with breath-taking views. Following the hike, we'll enjoy lunch, wine tasting and a tour of Garnier Vineyards, located along the Columbia River.

This outing is a part of this year's Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

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Starvation Creek Ridge, OR

Photo by FOCGModerate: 2.5 miles, 700-ft elev. gain

Follow a short but challenging trail with leader Tom Kloster, enjoying wildflowers and waterfalls as we learn about the mysterious Hole-in-the-Wall Falls and area lore. There are occasional steep sections on this short but challenging 2.5 miles loop hike.

This outing is a part of this year's Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

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Curious Gorge Tour, OR/WA

Photo by FOCGDriving Tour with short walks, little elev. gain

Come and enjoy arches and erratica, sunshine and wildflowers, petroglyphs and pictographs, Stonehenge secrets and more, with Curious Gorge author Scott Cook. C'mon, get on the bus!  $15 fee.

This outing is a part of this year's Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

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Bridal Veil Falls, OR

Camas lilies blooming at Bridal Veil Falls (Joe Urmos).Easy: 1.2 miles, 70-ft elev. gain 

Discover the secret past of Bridal Veil Falls State Park with Oregon State Park Ranger Dorothy Brown-Kwaiser as we enjoy historical stories and camas field abloom.

This outing is a part of this year's Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

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Camas Lily Fields, WA

Photo by FOCG

Moderate: 7 miles, 400-ft elev. gain 

This delightful outing with hike leader Jim Daly on May Day follows the trail along Lacamas Creek to sparkling waterfalls, Round Lake, and a blanket of blue camas and rosy plectitris. 

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Petroglyph Tour & Dancing Rock Walk, WA

Photo by John HowardTwo walks: Easy, 4 miles, little elev. gain.            

Washington State Park Ranger Chon Clayton will lead us to ancient petroglyphs and rock images, including the famed "She Who Watches." We'll have lunch at Columbia Hills State Park and afterwards we'll drive to nearby Friends' land trust property, Dancing Rock, where Jim Chase will lead us to see traces of the ice age floods while enjoying abundant wildflowers.

This outing is a part of this year's Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

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Ferry Springs at the Deschutes River Trail, OR

Photo by Ross Edginton

Moderate: 8 miles, 500-ft elev. gain       

Enjoy sweeping views on this high desert landscape where the Deschutes approaches the Columbia River. Leader Ross Edginton will fill us in on desert wildflowers, historic sites, and the area’s geology.

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