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Friends offer fall hiking series

As summer’s heat gives way to crisp autumn and the landscape begins to burst with fall colors, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is offering its annual series of fall hikes, outings and stewardship.

Friends’ guided hikes run from Sept. 13 through Oct. 27 and include easy walks, strenuous climbs, kid-friendly trips and many opportunities to experience and learn about the gorge.

This year’s activities start with the three-day Friends Fall Campout at the Eagle Creek group site Sept. 13 through Sept. 15. Also planned for that weekend are an easy Cascade Locks walk and tour and a moderate 5-mile hike on the White Salmon River, both on Sept. 13, a moderate Eagle Creek to High Bridge 6.4-mile hike Sept. 14, a moderate 4.4-mile hike to Dry Creek Falls and an easy 2.75-mile Steigerwald Evening bat walk.

The fall series offers more than 40 events throughout the gorge including activities related to petroglyphs, photography, Ice Age floods, hawk watches and stewardship opportunities. Some of the events are for members only. Others are open to the public.

Register online at www.gorgefriends.org/hike. Call or email for more information: maegan@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-2028.

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