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.
The road to Nesika is currently open. Access from Larch Mountain road only
A lot of work got done at nesika this year
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
Or Contact VP Bill Yandon email@example.com 503-538-3643 to check on or schedule the dates
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.
|Jan 2-5 (Thu-Sun)||Tyee Open||Mya White|
|Jan 8-10 (Wed-Fri)||Cascade Prime Timers & TCO||Pete & Elaine Nelson|
|Jan 11-12 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open - Snow!||Pete & Elaine Nelson|
|Jan 18-19 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open Need Cooks||Paul Cutter|
|Jan 24-26 (Fri-Sun)||Tyee Open||Cindy Lee and Jeff Lawton|
|Feb 1-2 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open||Sheryl Wagner|
|Feb 5-7 (Wed-Fri)||Cascade Prime Timers & TCO||Pete & Elaine Nelson|
|Feb 8-9 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open||Brian Powers|
|Feb 15-17 (Sat-Mon)||Tyee Open||Mya White|
|Feb 22-23 (Sat-Sun)||Winter hosts needed|
|Mar 1-2 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open||Paul Cutter|
|Mar 8-9 (Sat-Sun)||Winter hosts needed|
|Mar 21-23 (Fri-Sun)||Looking for hosts (spring break!)|
|Mar 23-26 (Sun-Wed)||Looking for hosts (spring break!)|
|Mar 26-30 (Wed-Sun)||Tyee Open||Brian Powers|
|Apr 3 (Thu)||Tyee Lodge Planning Committee Meeting||Callista Snively|
|Apr 5-6 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open - BCEO overflow||Jim Flick|
|Apr 12-13 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open - BCEO overflow||Callista Snively|
|Apr 19-20 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open - BCEO overflow||Joan Miller|
|Apr 26-27 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Open - BCEO overflow||Stephen Brown|
|Jun 21-22 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Work Trip||Callista Snively|
|Jul 12-13 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Work Trip||Callista Snively|
|Aug 9-10 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Work Trip||Callista Snively|
|Sep 13-14 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Work Trip||Callista Snively|
|Oct 11-12 (Sat-Sun)||Tyee Work Trip||Callista Snively|
|Oct 12-13 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glen Conrad|
|Nov 1-3 (Fri - Sun)||Backpack Seminar||Linda Conrad|
|Dec 27 - Jan 1 (Fri - Wed)||Lodge open - Host only||Glenn & Linda Conrad|
|March 12 (Wed)||Nesika Lodge Planning Meeting||Glenn Conrad|
|Apr 26-27 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|May 17-18 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|Jun 14-15 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|June 21-22 (Sat - Sun)||Friends of the Gorge field workshop||Stephen Brown|
|Jul 12-13 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|Aug 9-10 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|Sep 13-14 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|Oct 11-12 (Sat - Sun)||Nesika Work Trip||Glenn Conrad|
|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
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 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 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 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.