All Mazama hikes are open to all members and non-members alike.
Find a Hike Suitable for Your Fitness and Experience Level
If you’re not sure of your capabilities, it’s probably best to choose a hike that’s easier than you think you can do. Newcomers to the Northwest often find that our hikes are quite a bit steeper than they're used to in other parts of the country.
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early, sign in with the leader, pay the trip fees, and organize carpools. The Mazamas ask that carpool riders contribute 10 cents per mile to their carpool driver. Some carpool meeting areas are popular with other hiking groups as well, so be sure you're on board with the correct group.
Bring Proper Clothing, Food, and Gear
Please wear and bring proper clothing (made of materials that will stay warm if they get wet, raingear, and appropriate footwear). Leaders may turn away anyone who isn't properly dressed or equipped for the safety of the group. Bring a lunch, at least two liters of water, and as many of the "Ten Essentials" as you have (see sidebar).
For out-of-town trips, we usually carpool from the Portland area. You don't need to organize a carpool ahead of time. Everyone meets at the meeting place listed on the hike schedule and we arrange carpools from there. The most common meeting points are Gateway Transit Center and Sunset Transit Center. Both are on the MAX lines and have free parking garages.
No pets are permitted on Mazama events unless the event is specifically listed as being dog-friendly. For events where dogs are permitted, the owners are expected to keep their dogs on leash and under control at all times. Owners must follow any instructions given to them by the event leader regarding their pets. Hostile or aggressive dogs are not welcome on Mazama events.
- All dogs must be properly vaccinated, collared and have personal ID / vaccination tags.
- Dogs are not permitted off-leash at any point on Mazama events.
- Dog owners must be aware and respectful of the rest of the group and of other trail users. Some individuals are not comfortable around dogs or may be intimidated by them. Other trail users have the right of way and should be given plenty of space to get by.
- Owners will maintain control of enthusiastic and/or barking dogs.
- Dog owners should bring extra water for their pup - and must clean up after their pets & "pack it out" if so warranted.