Join Bark in the Forest This Summer!

VIB Field Trips Summer 2019

You, our VIBs (Very Important Barkers), have made an investment in Bark's work to protect and restore Mt. Hood National Forest. As a gracious thank you, it's our pleasure to return the favor and connect you to some of our favorite corners of the forest!

Mark your calendars! View the full schedule and RSVP using the links below. Email or call us if you have any questions regarding hike logistics 503.331.0374

From beaver habitat to timber sales, each hike represents a wide range of ways to be in the forest and weaves into one or more aspects of Bark’s history and current programming. The field trips range from a few hours to all day and from car-focused trips to long, off-trail hikes. 

We begin and end the day at the Bark office (351 NE 18th Ave) and will carpool together to one or more locations in Mt. Hood National Forest. Please bring snacks, lunch, good walking shoes, and whatever you need to be comfortable in the forest.



Backyard Beavers

evidence of beaver dam, collected pool of rainwaterThursday, June 27th 9AM-3PM 

The Trip: Did you know that beavers are more common in residential areas than the forest? Join two of Bark’s beaver-lovers as we visit a handful of beaver ponds, lodges and dams right in metro-city Portland 

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Audi, Bark’s Forest Watch Assistant is a long-time Bark volunteer, hike leader, and groundtruther extraordinaire who knows just about every plant and animal in these here parts.  

Logistics and Accessibility: This outing involves an easy hike to a creek on a private property with over 10 beaver dams. The trail may be slippery and moderate depending on beaver activity. Please bring snacks, lunch, and whatever you need to be comfortable in the forest.  



Bark Then & Now: Eagle Creek to North Clack Timber Sale

two people hanging from a tree with orange rope, close to the groundMonday, July 8th 9AM-5PM

The Trip: We'll discuss the ecology of the areathe current proposal by the Forest Service to bring damaging clearcuts into the North Clack Timber Sale, and Bark’s history of innovative ground truthing to protect these forested ecosystems. Unfortunately, no tree climbing will be available this trip, however you will get a glimpse at the habitat of the some 50+ red tree vole nests Bark and NEST have identified –each requiring a 10 acre buffer for protection! 

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Tera and Jordanna are some of Bark’s most enthusiastic volunteers, seasoned groundtruthers, and hike leaders.

Logistics and Accessibility: This outing will include 2-3 miles of walking on both road and through forest, with an option for more challenging off-trail exploring.



Midsummer Flower Bloom at Bald Mountain 

two people standing on a trail in front of Mt. Hood in the distanceSaturday, July 13th

The Trip: Enjoy the mid-summer bloom on the majestic Bald mountain with a seriously epic view of the Sandy Glacier on the west side of Mt. Hood. Learn about plants and trees and their incredible uses, and how the forest has been threatened by logging and other practices.

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Bark’s volunteer hike leader Kim is excited to take you on one of their favorite hikes in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Logistics and Accessibility: Bald Mountain right off Lolo Pass Trail is 2 miles of heavily trafficked out and back trail and is rated as easy/moderate.



Limited Mobility Beaver Hike

a pair of beavers at the edge of waterSaturday, August 10th 9AM-2PM (family friendly)

The TripGreat for all ability and age levels! Join us as we explore the Salmon river watershed with a great view of an old beaver lodge. Join us to learn about beavers’ historical role shaping ecosystems and their critical role in the future of climate change resilience.  

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Mia, Forest Watch Committee member, and Bark hike leader! 

Logistics and Accessibility: Wildwood Recreation Site is located along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway near the town of Welches, Oregon. The Cascade Streamwatch Trail is a paved, accessible, 3/4-mile paved loop that features quality educational displays, picturesque views of the Salmon River and a fish viewing window below stream level.



Protected Forests & Fire Ecology on Mt. Hood's Northeast Slope

three people in a now open area of beautiful burnt trees in the summer solstice sunFriday, August 16th 9AM-5PM 

The Trip: Celebrate the beauty of a post-fire landscape and the joy of standing in a forest that Bark saved from being logged! Join Brenna, Bark’s Staff Attorney and resident fire ecology & policy wonk, as we visit part of the forest that Bark protected from being logged in the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale, then travel up the mountain to visit the post-fire ecosystem created by the Dollar Lake Fire. 

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Brenna Bell, Bark's Policy Coordinator/Staff Attorney who can talk law, policy & ecology with ease, and loves to share the beauty of burned forests.  

Logistics and Accessibility: This hike will be 3-4 miles, on and off trails. Kids who like to hike are welcome, but the hike will not be kid-oriented. Since we are going to the northeast corner of the mountain, expect a fairly long drive, heading through Hood River and then south. Bring your own lunch, snacks and water bottle (we may stop for ice cream on the way home!). 


(If you want to meet us in Hood River, please contact Briana and we will coordinate!)


Adventure to Tamanas Falls

picture of tamanawas falls cascading into moss covered rocks belowSaturday, September 14th 9AM-2PM 

The Trip: This trail runs through beautiful old forest along Cold Spring Creek starting at the Sherwood Trailhead on Highway 35. This trail is just south of the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale which Bark has been fighting for years. Learn more about the native plants and history of one of Bark’s favorite watershed ecosystems. 

Superstar Volunteer Co-leaders: Executive Director, Nakisha Nathan will be taking the lead and sharing their favorite flora and fauna along the trail!

Logistics and Accessibility: This hike will be 3.6 miles round trip. The trail is flat and rated easy. Bring rain gear just in case!