50+ Forever Young Hikers

Hikers tackle Wahtum Lake Trail near Hood River in Oregon.

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

NO orientation in June or July. Next orientation will be Thursday, Aug. 6, noon - 1 p.m. Luepke Center, 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

  • Dry Creek Falls, Ore., July 7: Easy/Moderate. 5 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain.
  • Mirror Lake Trail, Ore., July 7: Moderate. 5.6 miles, 700 ft. elevation gain.
  • Eagle Creek-Columbia River Gorge, Ore., July 14: Difficult. 6.6 miles, 1,600 ft. elevation gain.
  • Ramona Falls, Ore., July 14 and Aug. 11: Moderate. 6 miles, 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
  • Cape Falcon, Wash., July 21: Moderate. 6.5 miles, 100 ft. elevation gain.
  • Ape Caves-Lava Forest Trail, Wash., July 21: Moderate. 6.5 miles, 800 ft. elevation gain.
  • Timothy Lake, Ore., July 28: Moderate. 7 miles, minimal elevation gain.
  • Harts Cove, Ore., July 28: Moderate. 6.5 miles, 900 ft. elevation gain.

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.