50+ Forever Young Hikers

Observation Peak and Trapper Creek

Join us on Tuesdays for year-round adventures throughout the great Northwest, from the Columbia River Gorge to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. A great way to stay active, meet new people and have fun.

Free! Hike Orientation - Luepke Center

PLEASE NOTE: No hike orientation in November. Next orientation will be Thursday, Dec. 3, noon - 1 p.m. Marshall Center Craft Room, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

If you are new to Luepke Center's hiking programs, an orientation class is mandatory. Discussion includes what to expect, what to bring and what to wear; as well as program requirements.

All hikes are designed for hikers with experience. You must be able to maintain a 20-minute mile pace. Please check the rating on the hike and pay consideration to the distance and elevation gain. Many of these hikes are located in distant wilderness areas.

Hikes are approximately 4-8 miles, round-trip. All hikes may include a second afternoon hike, time and weather permitting.

Recommended Gear

  • Hiking boots
  • Whistle
  • Water bottle
  • Walking stick
  • Layered clothing


Skill Levels

Easy: 4 miles with an elevation gain of up to 600 feet. Must be able to walk a 20-minute mile on fairly level ground with little elevation gain.

Moderate: 4-6 miles with an elevation gain of up to 1,500 feet. May include slopes and/or steep areas.

Difficult: 6-8 miles with an elevation gain of up to 2,500 feet or more. Involves harder climbing, rocky terrain, possible steep and/or narrow paths.

Upcoming Hiking Trips

  • Lower Siouxon Creek Trail, Wash., Nov. 2 & Nov. 3: Moderate. 6.5 miles, 500 ft. elevation gain.
  • Forest Park, Ore., Nov 10: Moderate. 4.6 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.
  • Tryon Creek, Ore., Nov 17: Easy. 3-4 miles, 125 foot elevation gain.
  • Willamette River Greenway, Ore., Nov. 24:  Easy. 4 miles, minimal elevation gain.
  • Lower Swale Canyon, Wash., Dec. 1: Moderate. 6-8 miles, 300-400 foot elevation gain. (Bring a lunch to eat on the trail.)

Transportation is provided for all hikes. Departure is from the Luepke Center.

Pre-registration is requested at least 2 days prior to the hike start date. To register for a hike, please call 360-487-7100.