What we're about

Do you like to hike and bike? Come join Upward Trails, a Christian wilderness organization that has been leading trips for 40 years. Most of our trips are in the NW Oregon and SW Washington areas with occasional trips farther out. We have hikes almost every week year round as well as biking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and the occasional caving or canoe trip. The guides are Christians from different churches and denominations who love Jesus but ALL are welcome to join us. We look forward to your joining our community of believers who love to be in the outdoors and fellowship with others. We’re a social group who like to take time to enjoy the scenery, get to know each other, and take pictures along the way. No one gets left behind. Singles, married folks, and kids are welcome. On most hike trips, dogs are welcome on leashes. Look below to see what hikes you may want to go on with us. Please be aware that some trails require protective clothing from ticks & poison oak. Dress in layers for the weather and wear good hiking boots. Bring lunch and water. Keep in mind some trips may be cancelled or changed due to lingering snow, or no snow, excessive rain, forest fire, etc. A donation to the driver is recommended if you’re car-pooling. Each car will need $2 toll each way for Washington hikes.

Upcoming events (4+)

Sellwood/Eastmoreland fall colors, 6 mile walk

Sellwood Park

Join me on this flat six mile, unique walk. We will meet at the Sellwood Parking lot next to the baseball field. From there we'll weave our way down streets and parks to the Rhododendron Gardens and enjoy fall colors along the ponds and creek. Across the road we will stop and have lunch on the front porch of Reed College cafeteria. Nice restrooms inside await. From there, well take the trail along the Reed Pond looking for what life is in the long, shallow pond and wetlands.

Then to the main attraction being the most decorated homes for Halloween I know of in the Portland area. I will have gone there before to pick out the streets with the greatest delights.

By now you are thinking "Is this a Christian group?" Along the way we will have a little discussion, not lecture, about Heaven and Hell ie. Hades and the Lake of Fire to be exact. Our discussion will begin at lunch where you can give your thoughts and beliefs with those sitting in your small group. So bring your lunch, water (refills at Reed), a snack and comfortable walking shoes on pavement. You won't forget this adventure for a while.

Gabriel Park to Woods Park Hike

Gabriel Park

We'll hike the trails through Gabriel Park, then through the Multnomah District, and south to the trails of Woods Park and back. About 6 miles of hilly roads, and trails with one long staircase.

Banks-Vernonia Trail Hike


Short Sunday Stroll: Hike a section of the Banks-Vernonia Trail that goes across the high Buxton Trestle. Fall color should still be good. 3 or 4 miles, 200' gain.

Bike Ride Champoeg Heritage Park

Shari's Cafe and Pies

We will ride the level paved trail of historic Champoeg heritage Park. We'll explore the site of the earliest white settlement on the Willamette River, then ride out to Butteville and back for a total of 8.4 miles. $5 for parking. I Trudi have not been here before so I will do a ride before hand to see what it is like. There are different statements of the mileage.

Past events (73)

Hood River Hiking

Harvest Christian Church

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