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Making a personal connection with our public lands is the first step to advocating for their protection. Want to get into Mt. Hood National Forest yourself? Join one of the many local organizations offering public hikes to Mt. Hood, catch a ride via public transit, or find resources for daily car rental and ride share!
Organizations that offer free hikes:
Join Bark for one of our 2nd Sunday Bark-About Hikes. Bark-About Hikes are free and open to the public and are always led in areas of concern to Bark and our supporters. We have a carpool meet-up at the Trader Joe’s on NE Halsey in Portland, leaving at 9:00am and also offer meet-ups in Mt. Hood communities based on the location of our hike.
Cascadia Wild offers numerous classes on the art of tracking and has an ethnobotany club that ventures to places throughout the state. Some of these classes are free and others are definitely worth the nominal cost.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Friends of the Columbia Gorge offers many free hikes open to the public leaving from the Gateway Transit Center in Portland.
Oregon Wild offers numerous hikes throughout the year leaving from the Portland area.
Membership Organizations offering hikes:
Native Plant Society of Oregon
If plants are your thing you can join Native Plant Society of Oregon with a $25 annual membership fee and find yourself at some of the most botanically diverse areas in the state with people who know plants like the back of their hand.
Mycological Society of Oregon
If you need to an excuse to welcome the rain in your life, the Mycological Society of Oregon will get you out to see the fungal friends the rains induce. For a $25 membership fee you will find ample opportunities to be in the forest in the spring and early fall.
Additional resources to get to Mt. Hood National Forest:
Mt. Hood interactive recreation map: This user-friendly Forest Service map facilitates locating the diverse recreational opportunities which exist in Mt. Hood. Other useful maps published by the Forest Service can be found here.
Portland Hikers is a community website for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to share experiences and helping each other plan the next adventure. The Portland Hikers website houses two primary resources: a hiking forum and a trails field guide.
Don’t have a car, but want to take a trip to Mt. Hood National Forest? Zipcar is one of Portland’s many car sharing programs. A standard membership is $60 a year, with daily rates starting around $7.25 an hour and $63.00 for the entire day. Pitch in with some friends and spend the day in the forest.
Sandy Public Transit travels every half hour during the week from Gresham to Sandy, and every hour on Saturdays.
From Sandy you can take the Mountain Express which runs about every two hours, but unfortunately does not run on weekends.
If you are heading out toward the Clackamas you can take Portland’s Trimet Line 31 to the town of Estacada, but you’ll need a bike or to extend a thumb to find yourself in Mt. Hood National Forest from Estacada.
Don’t forget to check the weather before you head out! If you are willing to drive for Bark, please review Bark's Driver Safety Expectations before doing so.