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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 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
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)
HK C2 Oct 27 (Sat) Benson Plateau (Herman Creek) (W) Dyanne Foster 503 267-8937. Wilderness—Limited 12. Come and hike Herman Creek to the PCT then up a fairly moderate trail to the flat Benson Plateau amongst the burned areas. Watch the weather! May need traction devices - poles encouraged. 16.2 mi., 4,080 Ft., Drive 78, TH, Gateway 7:30 a.m. (GH,WO)
HK A2 Oct 28 (Sun) Falls Creek Falls (Upper trail) Regis Krug 503-704-6442/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Falls Creek Falls is a beautiful, yet powerful waterfall located deep in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It has three tiers, first dropping 60 feet over a wide ledge, then spreading out and veiling over a 90 foot cliff, and finally it gathers then thunders another 70 feet into a huge bowl. The final two tiers can be seen from the lower trail. The upper tier is visible from several viewpoints 6.3 mi., 1,100 ft., Drive 120, Gateway 7 a.m. (WF)MU
(Online!) HK 1.5 Oct. 28 (SUN) Steigerwald Lake NWR Jim Selby (828) 508-5094, email@example.com. 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.
(Online!) HK 2.5 Oct. 28 (SUN) Rooster Rock via High Divide Trail Rick Craycraft (503) 679-2113, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
HK A2 Oct 28 (Sun) Falls Creek Falls (Upper trail) Regis Krug 503-704-6442 email@example.com Falls Creek Falls is a beautiful, yet powerful waterfall located deep in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It has three tiers, first dropping 60 feet over a wide ledge, then spreading out and veiling over a 90 foot cliff, and finally it gathers then thunders another 70 feet into a huge bowl. The final two tiers can be seen from the lower trail. The upper tier is visible from several viewpoints 6.3 miles 1,100 feet Drive 120 Gateway 7 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.
HK A1.5 Nov 03 (Sat) Salmon River Trail (Upper) (W) Susan Koch 971-678-3446. Wilderness—Limited 12. Lovely woodsy hike along the river with fall colors and the smell of autumn. Should be a great view on top too. No sign up just show up. 7.2 mi., 950 Ft., Drive 82, TH, Gateway 8:30 a.m. (MH,WO)
HK C2 Nov 03 (Sat) Herman Creek (Cedar Swamp Camp) (W) Dyanne Foster 503 267-8937. Wilderness—Limited 12. Let?s hike along Herman Creek enjoying waterfalls and a moderate trail to Cedar Swamp where the last mile is burn feee! Beautiful old growth trees along the trail make this such an enjoyable hike. Watch for weather - traction devices may be needed. Contact leader with questions. 14.6 mi., 2640 Ft., Drive 78, TH, Gateway 7:30 a.m. (WF,WO)
HK A2 Nov 05 (Mon) Hoyt Arboretum Marty Hanson Mvhanson@yahoo.com. Monday, Nov. 5, 2018—Hoyt Arboretum walk. Leave from the visitor center at 9:30 am for a 4 mile stroll. We will walk parts of the Wildwood, Redwood, White Pine, Oak, and other trails to stretch our legs and see some autumn colors. Easy to moderate pace . Approx. 800 feet gain/loss. No charge for Classic Mazamas, others $2.00. Marty Hanson - email@example.com, 503-227-0974. 4 mi., 800 feet Ft., Drive N/A, Hoyt Visitor Center 9:30 a.m.
HK A1.5 Nov 10 (Sat) Dog River Hike Kelly Marlin firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-665-6778 . Located south of Hood River, this pleasant out-and-back hike moves through an ever-changing forest to great views of Mt Hood's (hopefully, drier) east side. No dogs. Vehicles will need to display a NW Forest or Golden Age Pass. 6.6 mi., 1,500 Ft., Drive 140, TH, Lewis & Clark - near toilets 9 a.m.
HK B2 Nov 17 (Sat) Kings Mountain Ken Park email@example.com. Steep hike in coastal range. Be prepared for rain. Hiking poles a must. 5 mi., 2500 Ft., Drive 66, Target/185th 7 a.m.
HK B1.5 Nov 18 (Sun) Siouxon Creek (to Wildcat Falls) Brett Nair 503-847-9550. The Gifford Pinchot National Forests Siouxon Roadless Area is part of the 1902 Yacolt Burn and the lush growth here is really a 100-year forest although much of it is younger than that because fires continued to erupt in the area until 1930 or so, when the Civilian Conservation Corps came in and built trails and firebreaks. This loop takes you to some of the main waterfalls of the Siouxon Basin. 10.2 mi., 1000 Ft., Drive 70, Gateway 7 a.m. MU (WF)
HK A1.5 Nov 22 (Thu) Latourell Thanksgiving Day Loop Kelly Marlin firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-665-6778 . Hopefully, the weather will be dry enough for some serious leaf-kicking as we pass two pretty waterfalls on this wee gorge loop. Trekking poles might come in handy. Return to meeting place before noon. 2.3 mi., 700 Ft., Drive 30, Lewis & Clark - near toilets 9 a.m.
HK A2 Nov 23 (Fri) Round Lake from Lacamas Creek Jim Selby 828-508-5094. Work off Thanksgiving with this terrific Fall hike, waterfalls should really be roaring and much of the trail is all-weather. Dress for rain but there are places we can duck out of it if need be. We will use the Lacamas Creek trailhead for some elevation gain. 5 mi., 400 Ft., Drive 30, Gateway 9 a.m. (WF)MU
HK A2 Nov 24 (Sat) Moulton Falls Jim Selby 828-508-5094. Moulton Falls and Lucia Falls will be brimming with water and we should see an eagle or two. Bonus will be to see the Christmas Train as we eat lunch. All-weather trail but wear waterproof gear anyway. 5 mi., 200 Ft., Drive 60, Gateway 9 a.m. (WF)MU
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 those 55 and over, 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.