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The Mazamas offers a robust hiking program to serve just about every ability level. We have leaders who like to take their time meandering along flat trails for a short duration, while other want to hike at a fast clip up the side of a mountain. You get to choose what is best for you!
All Mazamas hikes are open to members and nonmembers. We welcome nonmembers or those with limited experience on our hikes. Our leaders are some of the most experienced hikers in the Northwest, and they can show you some spots that you might never get to on your own!
How to find a hike
We are currently transitioning to a new way of scheduling our hikes that will allow for online signup and tracking of your hikes. While we are in this transition period, you need to check for hikes in TWO places. Below, you will find a list of hikes and descriptions that is from our previous scheduling system. On the right side of this page you will find a calendar list of hikes that are on our new scheduling system. All you need to do is check both places, find a hike you want to do, and show up! For hikes that have a signup link, you may sign up on our website.
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HK B2 Sep 21 (Fri) Battle Ax Mtn/ Silver King Lake William O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness—Limited 12. This hike is in the rugged Bull of the Woods Wilderness near Elk Lake and we start by climbing to atop Battle Ax Mtn highest pt in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. Battle Ax offers great views of Mt Jefferson, Olallie Butte and Mt Hood to the north and the Sisters to the south. Then we hike down the backside of Battle Ax and take the Bagby Trail north to a small mountain lake called Silver King Lake where we will have lunch. We will retrace our steps and take the Bagby Trail back to our cars. 12.7 mi., 2,200 ft., Drive 200), TH, Tualatin (Durham) P & R 7 a.m. (AR)MU
HK A2 Sep 22 (Sat) Ridgefield NWR Jim Selby 828-508-5094. We will drive and hike the River S Unit first, including the Kiwa Trail, then go to the Carty section and hike the usual oaks trails along with a trip down to the Lake River area with blackberries to eat. Wear waterproof footwear for swampy areas. 5.5 mi., 100 ft., Drive 60, TH, Gateway 8 a.m. MU
HK B2 Sep 22 (Sat) Ruddy Hill-Olallie Lake Loop Larry Solomon email@example.com. Wilderness—Limited 12. Hike along the PCT as it passes by several beautiful lakes. Climb to the summit of 5998’ Double Peaks with grand views of Mt. Jefferson and Olallie Butte. Make a steep climb to summit Ruddy Hill with views of Jefferson and Pyramid Butte across the canyon. We end our hike at the Olallie Lake Resort for well earned refreshments. 12.1 mi., 2,000 ft., Drive 170, MMC 7 a.m.
CANCELLED!!! DH B2 Sep 25 (Tue) Maple-Wildwood Loop Don McCoy firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-709-9306. We will car pool from the bottom of Saltzman Road up to the Trailhead. We will go up Saltzman to the Maple Trail and do the Maple Trail-Wildwood Loop. Leashed Well Trained dogs are welcome, but you don’t need a dog to come. 8.2 mi., 500 ft., Drive 0, St Helens Road(Hwy 30) and Saltzman Road 9 a.m.
Signup Online! HK B2 Sep 26 (Wed) Little Huckleberry Rex Breunsbach 971-832-2556 or email@example.com. The trail here is an old one that saw plenty of use as a lookout trail The mountain lives up to its name, and huckleberry bushes can be found at all elevations. On the summit, Mt. Adams dominates the eastern skyline. 5.0 mi., 1,840 ft., Drive 150, MMC 8 a.m.
HK B2 Sep 28 (Fri) Saddle Mountain Alice Brocoum firstname.lastname@example.org. Mountaintop views of the Pacific Ocean and Astoria on this steep climb to the top of a double-peaked summit of basalt. Learn about the geology of this basalt that flowed 250 miles from eastern Washington to the Oregon coast. West side Target pick up if requested. 5.2 mi., 1,600 ft., Drive 96, MMC 8 a.m. (AR)
HK B2 Sep 29 (Sat) Indian Point via Gorton Creek Trail (W) Brett Nair 503-847-9550. Wilderness—Limited 12. The Indian Point loop travels through forested trails in the eastern Gorge to a fantastic viewpoint. This loop goes clockwise, requiring a steeper climb up Nick Eaton Ridge in order to descend more gently on the Gorton Creek Trail. 7.6 mi., 2,800 ft., Drive 78, TH, Gateway 8 a.m. MU (AR,WO)
HK C2 Sep 29 (Sat) Silver Falls—Grand Perimeter Loop Larry Solomon email@example.com. Come see a part of Silver Falls State Park in the forested “backcountry” of Oregon’s largest state park. Enjoy plenty of switchbacks along mostly gentle slopes. Pass thru groves of ancient Douglas firs and cross several small creeks along the way. Head lamps required. $ 5 parking fee per vehicle. 16.8 mi., 2,470 ft., Drive 126, MMC 7 a.m.
HK B2 Sep 30 (Sun) Angora Peak Rex Breunsbach 971-832-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Great hike with coastal views of Nehalem Bay and Neahkanie Mountain. Partially on logging roads and overgrown trails. Meet in Manzanita, make it weekend at the coast. 8 mi., 1,200 ft., Drive 10, Manzanita News & Espresso 8 a.m.
HK B2 Sep 30 (Sun) Riverside Trail of the Clackamas (W) Ellen Burns 503-703-8907. Lovely hike along the Clackamas River Wilderness—Limited 12. The trail heads along an old road bed in an avenue of cedars before passing into mossy Douglas-fir/hemlock woods with sword fern and salal. The path drops slightly and continues above the Clackamas River. Enter the area of the September 2002 Bowl Burn. Cross a creek as the trail levels by the river at a mossy basalt bench. We will do this hike as a shuttle. 8.2 mi., 1,550 ft., Drive 104, TH, Clackamas P&R 8 a.m. MU
HK C2 Sep 30 (Sun) Barrett Spur (Vista Ridge Trail) (W) Priyanka Pendharkar email@example.com. Wilderness—Limited 12. Barrett Spur is the imposing mass that you can see from Portland off the left (north) side of Mt. Hood. From the spur, you get great views to the north and west, as well as great views of Mt. Hood and the Coe and Ladd Glaciers. There are a couple primitive trails and at least one off-trail route to get to Barrett Spur. Avoid walking on plants which grow very slowly at that altitude. 8.8 mi., 3,435 ft., Drive 140, TH, Gateway 7:30 a.m. (AR,MH,WO)MU
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 03 (WED) Nick Eaton Ridge–Gorton Creek Loop (W) Rex Breunsbach (971) 832-2556, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness—Limited 12. The Indian Point loop travels through forested trails in the eastern Gorge to a fantastic viewpoint. The loop will be described counter clockwise, requiring a steeper climb up Nick Eaton Ridge in order to descend more gently on the Gorton Creek Trail. This area was reopened in 2018 after the major Eagle Creek fire of 2017. Expect to see remnants of the fire’s work in the area. 8 mi., 2,600 ft., Drive: 80, MMC at 8 a.m.
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 04 (THU) Lolo Pass via PCT to top of trail to Lost Lake Flora Huber, 503-658-5710, email@example.com. Wilderness—Limited 12. We are going to hike from Lolo Pass to the top of the trail to Lost Lake. We will not be going all the way to Lost Lake. This is a fairly flat trail. 9 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain. 9 mi., 500 ft., Drive: 100, MMC at 9 a.m. MU
HK C2 Oct 07 (Sun) Salmon Butte (W) Sherry Bourdin 503-314-2911. Wilderness—Limited 12. The Salmon Butte Trail #791 is one of the more popular trails in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness, but the hike got longer by about 2 ? miles and gained more elevation with the decommissioning of FR 2618 in 2010. The optimal time to visit is on a clear day in June, when the rhododendrons, bear-grass, and other wildflowers are in full bloom with multi-mountain views from the summit. 11.8 mi., 3,170 Ft., Drive 90, Gateway 7:30 a.m. (MH,WO)
Cancelled! DH B2 Oct 09 (Tue) Cape Horn Don McCoy firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one of the closest Gorge trails to the Portland-Vancouver metro area. It features gorgeous views, rocky crags, streams and two waterfalls. Leashed well-trained dogs are welcome, but you don’t need a dog to attend. Meet at the Cape Horn Trailhead Parking Lot. 7.1 mi., 1350 Ft., Drive 55, Meet at Cape Horn Trailhead 9 a.m. (WF)
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 10 (WED) Herman Creek to the Cedars Rex Breunsbach (971) 832-2556, email@example.com. Wilderness—Limited 12. Cedar Swamp Camp is located at the junction of the Herman Creek Trail and the Herman Creek Cutoff Trail. There are many old-growth western red-cedars, but a couple of them have recently (2013) fallen down over the trails. Numerous creeks run down the slope and through this area into the East Fork of Herman Creek. 14.6 mi., 2,640 ft., Drive: 78, MMC at 8 a.m.
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 11 (THU) Salmon River Trail Flora Huber, 503-658-5710, firstname.lastname@example.org. Wilderness—Limited 12. Beautiful hike along the Salmon River, with lots of mushrooms and greenery. 7.2 mi., 950 ft., Drive: 82, MMC at 9 a.m. MU
HK A2 Oct 13 (Sat) Opal Creek–Jawbone Flats Bob Breivogel 503-292-2940. Although the beginning of this hike is not a trail, after visiting here you may consider it one of the most scenic roads you will ever walk upon. You will travel through magnificent old growth, gaze upon the dazzling turquoise waters of the Little North Santiam, and view part of the mining history and artifacts of Little North Santiam Mining District. 6.6 mi., 360 Ft., Drive 180, Sunset Transit Ctr - NE Cor, Hwy26/217 8 a.m.
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 14 (SUN) Saddle Mountain Hike Bruce Giordano, 503-477-6013, email@example.com. You may sign up online or show up at the meeting location. We will be meeting at the Target at SW 185th and leaving at 8 a.m. 7.2 mi., 1,900 ft., Drive: 96, Target & SW 185th at 8 a.m.
HK B2 Oct 17 (Wed) Kings Mountain Tony Spiering 503-680-8112. Nice fall hike in the Coast range. Good views on a clear day of the Coast mountains all the way to the ocean. 5 mi., 2500 Ft., Drive 66, Target/185th 8 a.m.
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 18 (THU) Tillamook Burn visitors center Flora Huber 503-658-5710, firstname.lastname@example.org. Starts at Tillamook Burn visitors center continues West on Wilson River, past Wilson Falls and then to bridge and back. 6 miles, 1,000 ft. 11 mi., 1600 ft., Drive: 125, MMC Parking Lot at 9am. MU
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 21 (SUN) Ft. Vancouver & Vancouver Waterfront Jim Selby (828) 508-5094, email@example.com. We will be leaving from Pearson Air Museum at 11:30 a.m. for this nice 5 mile hike. Start at headquarters for Ft. Vancouver NHS, hike through Officers Row, stop at Mother Joseph’s Academy, go through the Farmer’s Market to the new Pier at the Waterfront Park, continue east to Wendy the Welder statue, back over the Maya Lin Land Bridge to headquarters. 5 mi., 100 ft., Drive: 32, Pearson Air Museum at 11:30 a.m.
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 24 (WED) Aldrich Butte-Cedar Falls Loop Rex Breunsbach (971) 832-2556, firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the great view from Aldrich Butte, this hike explores a little known section of the Gorge between Table Mountain and Hamilton Mountain. 5.8 mi., 1,700 ft., Drive: 84, MMC 8 a.m.
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 25 (THU) Wind Mountain Flora Huber 503-658-5710, email@example.com. easy hike from girl scout camp. 2.7 mi., 1,100 ft., Drive: 94, MMC Parking Lot at 9 a.m. MU
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 28 (SUN) Steigerwald Lake NWR Jim Selby (828) 508-5094, firstname.lastname@example.org. This easy loop hike will take you through a wildlife refuge that opened to the public in summer 2010. The refuge contains more than 1,000 acres of wetlands, a stand of Oregon white oaks, cottonwood trees, and grassland habitats. Depending on how where the birds are located this could be 2-5 miles in length. Slow pace, probably take 3 hours hiking time. 2–5 mi., 40 ft., Drive: 40, Gateway Park & Ride at 11:30/noon.
HK B2.5 Oct 27 (Sat) Hamilton Mountain Loop Kate Evans 503-635-6540. Enjoy the views of the waterfalls and Gorge on this classic loop hike. We’ll be hiking up the ridge then coming down Don’s Cutoff trail. A Discover Pass is needed at the trailhead. 7.5 mi., 2,135 Ft., Drive 93, StatePark, Gateway 8 a.m. (WF,AR,GH)
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 28 (SUN) Rooster Rock via High Divide Trail Rick Craycraft (503) 679-2113, email@example.com. Wilderness—Limited 12. No, the other Rooster Rock, the one down by Molalla. This is an “e” hike for me, but I will have scouted it by the time we go. If we get the weather it’s apparently a lovely ridge hike with meadows that ends at a feature called Chicken Rock. Given the date anything could happen weatherwise, but I’ll make the determination whether to proceed or not when the time comes. Being what you need for the season and conditions. Wilderness number of participants limited to 12. 11.5 mi., 3,770 ft., Drive: 42.5, Clackamas Town Center Max Park & Ride Garage at 7:30 a.m.
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 31 (WED) PCT and Trail #400 from Cascade Locks to Herman Creek Rex Breunsbach (971) 832-2556, firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a pleasant hike to a couple of interesting geologic formations. You’ll cross the Herman Creek Bridge, a large steel truss bridge. From here, the trail climbs, sometimes steeply to the Pacific Crest Trail. You’ll come to Pacific Crest Falls and shortly after, the Herman Creek Pinnacles. 11 mi., 1,000 ft., Drive: 70, MMC Parking Lot at 8 a.m.
Going on a street ramble is one of the best ways to get an introduction to the Mazama hiking program. Meet other hikers and maybe plan a weekend trip, maintain your fitness after work and see some hidden parts of Portland you might never get to see otherwise. Come join us for this always popular hike series. Get more Street Ramble Info.
Tuesday & Thursday Nights (Year Round): Meet at REI in Pearl District (NW 14th and Johnson, Portland, Ore.). We will depart at 6 p.m. sharp so plan accordingly. Rambles go out for exactly two hours. T
Wednesday Nights (May through September): Meet at the Mazama Mountaineering Center (527 SE 43rd Ave., Portland, Ore.) We will depart at 6 p.m. sharp so plan accordingly.
We schedule a variety of hikes to appeal to a broad diversity of skill and fitness levels. We classify our hikes by a difficulty factor using two criteria, distance and elevation gain. This makes it easier to find a hike suitable for your fitness and experience level. Each hike we lead is rated A, B, C or D.
- Class A: easy or less strenuous hikes : less than 8 miles in distance and less than 1,500 feet of elevation gain
- Class B: moderate or more challenging hikes : either less than 15 miles in distance with between 1,500 and 3,000 feet elevation gain or between 8 and 15 miles in distance with less than 1,500 feet of elevation gain
- Class C and Cw: difficult or strenuous hikes : either over 15 miles in distance or over 3,000 feet elevation gain; Class Cw hikes are C level hikes done in winter conditions
- Class D and Dw: very difficult, very strenuous trips in difficult conditions. No specific distance or elevation gain. Special equipment, conditioning, and experience may be required. Contact with leader for details before the day of the trip is mandatory. Dw trips are D class trips in winter conditions.
- Class Q: hike to an alpine summit in the summer or fall. No specific distance or elevation gain. Special equipment, conditioning, and experience may be required. Contact with leader for details before the day of the trip is mandatory.
Each hike is rated by a number that refers to the speed the leader intends to go on the uphill portions of the hike. You will most likely go at a slower pace on a hike with steep uphill sections and at a faster pace on one with more gradual uphill sections. Note that you will likely be going at a faster speed than the indicated pace on the level or downhill sections of the hike.
- Level 1: Hikes led at a pace up to 1.5 mph. Wildflower hike would fit this category. These hikes are often described as "slow pace", "stroll", "relaxing" or as "guided tours".
- Level 1.5: Hikes led at a pace of 1.5 to 2 mph. Slow to moderate pace
- Level 2: Hikes led a pace of 2 to 2.5 mph. The majority of weekend hikes and many street rambles fit this category. These hikes would be described as moderate paced
- Level 2.5: Hikes led at a pace of 2.5 to 3 mph. Moderate to fast paced. These hikes are conditioners
Anyone! Our hikes are for our community, members and nonmembers alike. We have hikes for all fitness levels.
Hikes/Snowshoes/Nordic Trips are $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers.
Street rambles are $1 for members, and $2 for nonmembers.
Backpack trips vary in cost.
In general, the “10 Essentials are:
- fire starter & waterproof matches
- first aid kit
- sun protection (lip balm, sunscreen and a hat)
- extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- flashlight (with extra bulb and batteries)
- extra food (energy bar or gel)
Currently, you can sign up for some of our hikes online. Starting on October 1 you will be able to sign up for all of our hikes online. All you'll need is an account on our website and a credit card. Go here to learn how to create your profile. Once your profile is setup and you have signed a liability waiver, the sign up process is only 2 steps! Find a hike you want to go on, and register/apply. That's it!
- Participation is at your own risk. The Mazamas assume no liability for accidents or incidents.
- Leaders may refuse to accept participation by those they feel are unqualified or unprepared.
- Be prepared with the 10 essentials, proper clothing, and proper equipment.
- No alcohol, weapons of firearms are allowed.
- Obey wilderness rules as applicable. There is a maximum group size of 12 persons in designated wilderness areas.
- Sign in and carry proper permits where required.
- Pack out what you pack in. Respect your environment.
- Don't pick the flowers. Take only pictures and memories. Leave only footprints.
- Camp only in approved areas. Use a camp stove and avoid fire danger.
- Keep dogs at home except when a hike is labeled as dog hike.
- Don't cut through on switchbacks. Keep children under your charge orderly and on the trail.
- Respect the habitat of animals. Be cautious and alert in areas of bear, cougar and other game.
- Mazamas does not condone or tolerate harassment in connection with any of its programs or activities. The Mazamas is committed to maintaining an environment of respect for its members and others who participate in its activities, free of harassment of any kind including harassment based on sex, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other factors, which do not affect the safety of the participants in Mazamas activities.
We strongly encourage participants to carpool to the trailheads. Many trailheads have limited parking, so we want to take as few cars as possible to our hiking destination. Not to mention, it is a great way to meet people, and it helps reduce our environmental impact. . The recommended contribution is $0.10 per mile to the driver (per passenger). Check with your driver for details.
If you sign up for a hike and cancel, there is no refund. If the hike is canceled, you will be refunded.
Please be respectful of the hike leader and other participants by showing up on time and ready to go for the activity you are signed up for. If you do need to cancel prior to the start of the activity, you can do so by clicking on the hike, either from your dashboard or from the calendar, and clicking the Withdraw button. If you sign up for a hike and don't show up, you will be marked as a No Show. If you repeatedly take a spot on a hike and fail to show up, you may be blocked from signing up for future Mazama activities.
Head on over to our Getting Started page for all the details.
In general, you will want to bring proper clothes for the expected weather conditions, food, and gear. Proper clothing for the rainy/cold season usually means polypro, fleece, wool—things that will stay warm if they get wet. Cotton is not a good idea (no jeans!), rainy season—it loses all of its insulating value when it gets wet.
In summer months, running shoes work for many trails, but in the winter, waterproof footwear will keep you a lot warmer. Keep in mind that leaders may turn anyone away who isn’t properly dressed and equipped, for the safety of the group. In winter, it’s nice to have a change of clothes in the car and a duffel or large plastic bag to put your wet muddy gear in after the hike—this can keep your drivers happy, too. Please carry rain gear during all seasons. Bring a lunch and snacks, at least 2 liters of water, and as many of the Mazamas ten essentials as you have.
Your individual hike may have a more detailed gear list. If in doubt, check with the hike leader.
Hike Sign Up Demo
On this page you will find:
- Hiking FAQs
- Street Ramble Info
- Upcoming Hikes (some in list format, some in calendar view)
- Hike leader bios
- Short videos on how to sign up for hikes on our website
Make sure to check the list view of hikes on the left side of this page AND the calendar. Currently, we have hikes in TWO different places on this page. Don't miss out—check both locations!
Check out the upcoming hikes on the Mazama calendar. Not sure how to use the calendar?Check out the short Calendar Orientation view on this page to familiarize yourself with how it works before you get started.