Ranger Rendezvous

Rangers pointing at waterfall

Connect with public lands, learn about the Gorge's natural and cultural history, and gain outdoor skills. Read on for details about Ranger Rendezvous and other ranger-led events during Summer 2017...

JULY 8

Ranger Rendezvous: Staying Found: Maps, Orienteering, & Mountains in the Gorge. Rangers on site starting 9:00 a.m. at Larch Mountain Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

The mountains are calling...but you want to get home safely, so what do you do? Learn to prepare and use a map, compass, and other tools to stay found while hiking rugged and remote areas of the Columbia River Gorge. Event includes a short (0.6 mile) hike to Sherrard Point, which features stunning views of the Pacific Northwest's five major volanoes.

JULY 15

Ranger Rendezvous: What is Wilderness? Rangers on site starting 9:00 a.m. at Wahcella Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

Ever wondered what makes Wilderness special? Venture up Wahclella trail into the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness with Rangers to discuss the four defining pillars of this distinctive land designation. This predominantly wilderness trail features Munra and Wahclella Falls in an easy 2.0 mile roundtrip hike.

More Events:

Celebrate Eagle Creek's 101 birthday at Eagle Creek Day Use Area by sharing your Eagle Creek memories and learning about its history as the oldest developed campground in the Forest Service from our field rangers, who will be onsite during the day.

Campfire Program. Wyeth Campground (host site) at 7:00 p.m. “Can you jump higher than a hare?” Learn about amazing animal adaptations and see how you size up! All ages welcome—kids have the opportunity to earn a Jr Ranger Badge. Please bring your own chair or blanket. (Marshmallow roasting may take place after the program— if current fire restrictions allow. If so, supplies will be provided.) 

JULY 29

Ranger Rendezvous: Birds, Bees, & the Plants. Rangers on site starting 9:30 a.m. at Cape Horn Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

On the Cape Horn Trail, join Rangers on a hike to identify the spectacular wild plants, insects and birds of prey that call the Columbia River Gorge home! Rangers will guide you through scenic meadows of unique plant species, across breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River, and into prime Peregrine falcon habitat.

AUGUST 5

Ranger Rendezvous: Happy Birthday Smokey Bear! Rangers on site starting 9:30 a.m. at Larch Mountain Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 11:00 a.m.

Bring the kids to learn all about the legendary Smokey Bear! Join the Scenic Area Rangers to celebrate Smokey’s birthday on Larch Mountain. Learn about his story as well as how you can help him to prevent wildfires. Junior Ranger certification, activities, and an interpretive hike with Rangers up to Sherrard Point (0.6 miles roundtrip).

AUGUST 12

Ranger Rendezvous, A Look into the Past: Public Lands & Gifford Pinchot. Rangers on site starting 9:00 a.m. at Bridge of the Gods Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 11:00 a.m.

Experience public lands history at Cascade Locks' gateway to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, while celebrating the birthday of Gifford Pinchot, the founder of the U.S. Forest Service. Follow your rangers on an interpretive hike to a stunning viewpoint of Dry Creek Falls.

AUGUST 26

Ranger Rendezvous: End of Summer Smokey Bear Bash Rangers on site starting 9:30 a.m. at Wahcella Trailhead. Guided walk starts at 11:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the end of summer with Smokey Bear and your Forest Service Rangers! Join us on a hike to share stories about your connection with the Scenic Area. Hike to Wahclella Falls with include history of how the Scenic Area came to be and insight into our favorite places to recreate in the Columbia River Gorge!

More Events:

Campfire Program. Wyeth Campground (host site) at 7:00 p.m. “Starry Skies” Explore and identify constellations and learn about celestial navigating in the days of Lewis & Clark. All ages welcome—kids have the opportunity to earn a Jr Ranger Badge! Please bring your own chair or blanket. (Marshmallow roasting may take place after the program— if current fire restrictions allow. If so, supplies will be provided.)