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!

Interested in becoming a hike leader? Sign up for a required Hike Leader Training Class to learn more about our program.

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

All of our hikes are on our online calendar. Click on one of the hikes you are interested in and you will get more details about the hike, including meeting time, description, and information on how to sign up. The list below shows the next 10 hikes that are on the calendar. If you want to see all of the hikes on the calendar, go to the calendar link and apply the hike filter. You can also add additional filters such as hike grade, hike leader, and location. Search to your heart's content!

Interested in becoming a hike leader? Sign up for a required Hike Leader Training Class to learn more about our program.

Ten Essentials

In general, this is the list of ten essentials to carry with you on all hikes. Depending on the time of year, you may need additional equipment. When in doubt, ask the hike leader what you should bring.

  1. whistle
  2. fire starter & waterproof matches
  3. map
  4. knife
  5. compass
  6. first aid kit
  7. sun protection (lip balm, sunscreen and a hat)
  8. extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  9. flashlight (with extra bulb and batteries)
  10. extra food (energy bar or gel)

Hiking FAQs


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.

Hike Pace

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

Who Can Go?

Anyone! Our hikes are for our community, members and nonmembers alike. We have hikes for all fitness levels.


All of our hikes and most of our other events are free, for both members and non-members. Some backpacks may charge a varying fee, depending on the length or any necessary reservations or permits.

How Do I Sign Up?

You can sign up for most 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!

How Do I Cancel?

If your plans change and you  need to cancel, simply login to the website, go to your DASHBOARD and click on the hike you need to cancel. Once on the hike page, click the Cancel button. That's all there is to it!

How Do We Handle No Shows?

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. 

What Gear Do I Need?

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 synthetic materials or wool—materials that will keep you warm even if they get wet. Cotton is not a good idea (no jeans!) in the 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 Rules
  • 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—no exceptions.
  • 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.
  • The 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. If you have experienced or witnessed harassment or other behavioral issues, check out our reporting tools here.

The Mazamas is on MeetUp! If you are here looking to sign up for an activity you found on MeetUp, click here.

Calendar Orientation


Hike Sign Up Demo


Upcoming Hikes & Backpacks

This calendar includes the next 10 hikes that are on the calendar. You can view all of the hikes currently on the calendar, by going directly to the calendar and filtering by Hikes and whatever other criteria you would like to add, such as location, hike leader, and grade.

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Street Rambles

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 parking garage in Pearl District (NW 14th and Johnson, Portland, Ore.). Beginning on Thursday  February 1st, 2024, we will meet at the Keen Garage, located at 505 NW 13th Ave. in Portland's Pearl District. Free parking may be available across NW13th Ave. from Keen. We will depart at 6 p.m. sharp so plan accordingly. Rambles go out for exactly two hours.


Meet our Hike Leaders

Mazama hike leaders are the best of the best! Rain or shine they are eager to take new and experienced hikers on streets and trails to explore all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Meet a few of our most active hike leaders below.
Lindsey Addison

My pronouns are she/her. I’m a queer climber in recovery, and I love any and every chance to get out into the mountains! Summer weekends ...

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Rex Breunsbach

I like to hike. A Mazama since 2011.

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Truth Johnston

Really enjoyed being a BCEP assistant leader. It encouraged me to become a hike leader. I have always love the outdoors: hiking, climbing, camping, running, ...

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Don McCoy

I graduated from Purdue University in 1970 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and owned the North Portland Veterinary Hospital until 2012. I retired in ...

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David Nelson

I have been a Mazama member since 1990. I’m a former Climb Leader and enjoyed climbing for several years. I am now exploring the vast ...

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Heather Polonsky (she/her)

Philly area native living in Portland! Recreational runner, happy hiker, casual climber, cycle commuter, pawrent. My hikes can be pretty pupular, as they are open ...

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Bill Stein

I grew up in South Carolina, where I was more drawn to its mountains than its coast. I have lived in Oregon for the bulk ...

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Scott Stevenson

(He/him/his) I joined the Mazamas in 2010. I enjoy rock climbing, alpine routes, backpacking, scrambling and exploring the Pacific NW with my wife and 3 ...

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