From the Coast Range to the Cascades, and down the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon offers plenty for the hiking enthusiast.
There are several hiking clubs in the state, centered around destinations like the Gorge and Mt. Hood. The clubs offer guides to different individual hikes, as well as group hikes on a regular basis.
Founded in 1928, the Chemeketans are a Salem, Oregon group for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to hiking, the group plans bicycle trips, cross-country ski trips, canoe trips and mountain climbs.
The group maintains several trails and owns a cabin and campground near Mt. Jefferson.
The Chemeketans vote on new members after the applicants have completed two "qualifying trips."
Trails Club of Oregon
Trails Club of Oregon has been helping Portland-area hikers since 1915.
The club has two lodges."Nesika," is a hiking lodge near the Columbia River. "Tyee," is the club's ski lodge on on Mt. Hood.
The club hosts activities including hiking, backpacking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and kayaking. Club members organize trips outside of the Portland area as well, including overseas.
Club membership requires completion an active published scheduled trip, a visit to a lodge, and sponsorship by two current members.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
Friends of the Columbia Gorge serves multiple roles, as a hiking club, and a conservation group for the 83 miles of river.
As a hiking club, Friends leads more than 60 public hikes, from March to June and September to October. The club also maintains a database of hikes in the area.
Mazamas is among Oregon's oldest hiking clubs, founded in 1894 on Mt. Hood. The club sponsors more than 700 hikes and 350 climbs every year.
The 3000 member club also offers classes and activities, both for members and non-members.
The club has a strenuous requirement for membership - you must climb to the summit of a mountain with at least one glacier.