Special Events

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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Rally and Hearing on Oil Train Safety in Olympia, WA

Oil train derailment and fire in Lynchburg, VA

The public meeting on the Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study is your opportunity to provide input, express your concerns, and ask Governor Inslee to take immediate action to address the threats to our communities, livelihoods, and waterways from the significant increase in oil transportation in Washington state.

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Klickitat Trail Run


Run along the Klickitat Trail in the 3rd Annual Klickitat Trail Marathon ~ Half Marathon ~ 5k

This event benefits the Klickitat Youth and Lyle Activity Centers - "Building Strong Communities!"

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Recreation Coalition Meetings

Join us for the 5th Recreation Coalition Meeting from 4:30 - 7:30 pm at the Cascade Locks Community Center. Pizza will be provided. Please note the starting time is 30 minutes later than our usual start time.

Directions to Cascade Locks Community Center: From I-84, take Exit #44 and travel into town on Wa-Na-Pa St. Look for signs for the Marine Park. Turn north into the park. After passing under the railroad bridge, turn left. The community center is the 3rd building on your right (cream color).

 Looking at Wind Mtn from Dog Mtn (Greg Lief)

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Historic Columbia River Highway: A Story of Rebirth, Robert Hadlow

senseOfPlace-logo-2-300x300.jpgHistoric Columbia River Highway: A Story of Rebirth, Robert Hadlow

Spend an evening learning about the Columbia River Highway, now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway, with an expert from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Learn how the Historic Columbia River Highway, which became a National Historic Landmark in 2000, originally came to be and discover how it continues to be reborn. 

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Oil Forum (Stevenson, WA)

View event details: http://gorgefriends.org/article.php?id=910
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Gorge on Tap in Portland

Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge at

Gorge on Tap in Portland


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Presentation 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (meet-and-greet begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Lucky Labrador Beer Hall
1945 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97209




Enjoy a beer with us and learn more about the Columbia Gorge! You will hear about: 

  • Explosive new oil train threat and coal export update
  • Histories & Mysteries grand prize drawing
  • Gorge Towns to Trails: Making the Connection

Bring a friend(s) with you to the event!

  • All attendees are entered to win a Columbia Sportswear backpack
  • Donate $20 at the event and receive a FREE National Geographic Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area trail map.

Free event, no RSVP required.


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Greg Lief Benefit Piano Concert


Join us for an evening of wonderful music that also supports Gorge protection. With a repertoire stretching from classical composition to American ragtime, Greg Lief will keep you entertained with his piano expertise.

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