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The Trails club owns and operates two lodges. Nesika Lodge, in the Columbia River gorge, serves as a base for hiking and other summer activities. Check out the latest from the Nesika Lodge Chair here.


Tyee Lodge, on Mt Hood near Government Camp, is a base for year round activities including skiing and snowshoeing. Check out the latest from the Tyee Lodge Chair here.

Lodges are available for use only by club members and their guests. Lodge users are charged a nominal lodge fee to use the lodge facilities. Sleeping areas are dormitory style bunk rooms. Lodge operation is cooperative with everyone helping out with the chores.

The lodges are maintained at monthly work trips during the summer months. Lodging and meals are provided free to those who come to help out. See the lodge schedule (below) for the dates for lodge work trips.

Members who have been checked out to operate the lodges can schedule lodge visits when the lodges are not in use by other club activities. Events can be either pre-register hosted events (providing food) or as Host Only events (Bring you own food).

During our winter season Tyee is hosted by volunteer lodge hosts each weekend. We depend on these kind souls to keep our winter home open. Please contact the Tyee Host Coordinator if you can host a weekend this winter (December - March).

Information about scheduling, hosting, and volunteering in the lodges has been put on a members Information page. Use the links at the right to go to specific information.

Nesika Road Status

The road to Nesika is currently open. Access from Larch Mountain road only

See a full report here.

Attention Lodge Key Holders

You do not have to be a cook to open and host at our lodges! "Host Only" events are a great way for those with limited cooking (or planning) skills to get the lodges open without the work of cooking for a crowd.

Lodge schedule requests can be made by e-mail using the lodge e-mail addresses Tyee or Nesika @ trailsclub.org.
Or Contact VP Bill Yandon wkyandon@earthlink.net 503-538-3643 to check on or schedule the dates

Tyee Schedule:

It is time to get the Tyee Winter hosts lined up. Please contact the Tyee Winter coordinator Mya White to schedule your weekend. E-mail: tyeewinter@trailsclub.org

Hosts will have the lodge open from about noon of the first day listed until noon of the last day listed unless otherwise specified in the write-up.
Meals (when provided) are Dinner on the first day through Breakfast on the last day. Lunches are not generally provided.

Date Event Description Contact
January 2-4 (Fri-Sun) TyeeOpen Barbara and Brian Carlson
January 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Will Tyee Be Open? Need Host
January 17-19 (Sat-Mon) Tyee Open Callista Snively
January 24-25 (Sat-Mon) Tyee Open Brian Dunn
January 30-Feb 2 (Fri-Mon) Tyee Open Pete Nelson
February 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Tyee Open Linda Conrad
February 13-16 (Fri-Mon) Tyee Open Paul Cutter
February 21-22 Tyee Open Need Hosts
February 27 - Mar 1 (Fri-Sun) Tyee Open Sheryl Wagner
March 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Will Tyee Be open? Need Hosts
March 14-15 (Sat-Sun)5 Will Tyee Be open? Need Hosts
March 20-23 (Fri-Sun) Tyee Open Diane Brooke
March 27-29 (Fri-Sun) Tyee Open Ron Silvis
April 10-12 (Fri-Sun) Tyee Open Ron Silvis
April 24-26 (Fri-Sun) Tyee In use Ron Silvis
June 13-14 (Sat-Sun) Hike & Dine Volunteers?
June 20-21 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Callista Snively
July 11-12 (Sat-Sun) Hike & Dine Volunteers?
July 18-19 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Callista Snively
Aug 8-9 (Sat-Sun) Hike & Dine Volunteers?
Aug 15-16 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Callista Snively
Sept 12-13 (Sat-Sun) Hike & Dine Volunteers?
Sep 19-20 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Callista Snively
Oct 10-11 (Sat-Sun) Hike & Dine Volunteers?
Oct 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Callista Snively

Nesika Schedule:

Date Event Description Contact
Feb 21-22 (Sat-Sun) Nesika Open - Host Only Jeff Lawton
March 28-28 (Sat-Sun) Nesika Open Cancelled Jeff Lawton
April 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
May 16-17 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
May 23-25 (Sat-Mon) Nesika Open - Memorial day Glen Conrad
June 13-14 (Sat-Sun) Friends of the Gorge George Milne
June 20-21 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
June 26-28 (Fri-Sun) Photography Hiking weekend Pamela Moore
July 18-19 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
Aug 15-16 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
Aug 21-23 (Fri-Sun) FA Retreat Pamela Moore
Aug 27-28 (thur-Fri) FWOC pre conference Pamela Moore / George Milne
Sep 19-20 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad
Oct 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Work Weekend Glen Conrad

Lodge Contacts

Name Title Contact Information
George Milne Lodges Trustee 503-572-8512 LodgeChair@trailsclub.org
Glenn Conrad Nesika Lodge Chair 360-837-3787 NesikaChair@trailsclub.org
Callista Snively Tyee Lodge Chair 503-330-7344 TyeeChair@trailsclub.org
Lodge Reservation Requests
Bill Yandon (VP) Nesika Lodge   Nesika@trailsclub.org
Bill Yandon (VP) Tyee Lodge   Tyee@trailsclub.org
Mya White Tyee Winter Coord
Dec - March
503-330-7009 TyeeWinter@trailsclub.org

Nesika Lodge

Nesika Lodge is our "Home in the gorge". It is located on the rim of the Columbia River gorge surrounded by the Columbia River Gorge National Senic Area. The main lodge, a stone and log structure mainly built by club members, provides day facilities including a full kitchen centered around a wood burning range, dining space, game areas, and plenty of space to sit around the fireplace. A local water system and generator provide water and power for the lodge.

The main lodge is supported by two dormitories that provide bunk room sleeping for about 60 people in 3 sleeping areas. Other outbuildings include a generator building, wood shed, tool shed, and outhouses for use in the winter months.

Nesika is normally reached by trail. The more scenic approach starts from the Columbia River highway at Multnomah Falls just 30 miles from Portland. The route follows along Multnomah Creek with its many waterfalls and cascades, then cuts through Multnomah Basin and a tall timbered area, a total distance of about four miles. The other main approach is by road via Palmer Mill road near Larch Mountain, then by trail. The road is gated so you must have a key to drive in.

Nesika Lodge is an ideal spot for large or small parties with the opportunity to take numerous hikes in the surrounding area, or just take an easy stroll out to the viewpoint to enjoy the spectacular view of the Columbia River Gorge.

Nesika History

Nesika Lodge was built in 1923, a rustic log cabin located on the club's own property in the Columbia River Highlands, between Multnomah Falls and Oneonta Creek, at an elevation of over 1800 feet above the Columbia River.

The original lodge served the club well for many years, but time and nature finally won out. After over 60 years of use the old log cabin was no longer fit for use and plans were made to replace it.

The original lodge was replaced with a log and stone lodge that was dedicated in 1997. The new lodge has a masonry base with a log roof structure and should serve the club for many years to come. The main lodge provides day use areas, kitchen, and summer rest rooms.

The main lodge is supported by two bunk room style dormitories that provide 3 separate sleeping areas each seeping up to 20 people. "Redwing" was rebuilt in 1988 and served as a kitchen and dining hall during lodge reconstruction. The "Multi Use Dorm" has recently been refurbished with tight walls and new windows and provides 2 sleeping areas on two floors. All sleeping areas have wood stoves for the cooler months.

Tyee Lodge

Tyee Lodge is our "Home on Mt. Hood". The lodge is situated on Forest Service land near Government Camp, and 60 miles from Portland. It is close to Summit Ski Area and the Alpine Ski Trail. Other ski areas are readily accessible. The terrain surrounding the lodge has a gentle slope, making it an attractive area for beginning skiers and snowshoers. The lodge serves as overnight headquarters for many hikers and snowshoers using the area.

Tyee facilities include a full kitchen, large dining area, lots of fireplace seating, drying room, and winter equipment storage. Sleeping accommodations for 22 women and 22 men are provided in bunk style dormitories.

Tyee is reached in winter by a short quarter-mile trail starting at a point four-tenths of a mile up the Timberline Road. In summer the lodge is reached by driving about one mile up the West Leg Road.


Tyee History

Tyee Lodge was officially dedicated on September 28, 1952, with the kitchen and dining room addition being built in 1958. Most of the work was done by club members. A minor remodel was done in the 1970's to get the lodge to meet health and safety requirements. The basement shower was added at this time. The shake roof was replaced with a metal roof in 2004.