Trailhead Ambassadors

Trailhead Ambassadors
Friendly Trailhead Ambassadors assist visitors to the Columbia Gorge.

Educating Hikers on the Trails

The Trailhead Ambassador program is designed to equip Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge hikers with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking in the region. As trail conditions change the need for up-to-date information is critical. To minimize trail congestion and aid ongoing public safety initiatives, the program places friendly volunteers at popular trailheads in the Gorge and Mt. Hood area to educate hikers on leave-no-trace principles, underscore trail safety tips and highlight other nearby recreational opportunities through online resources such as Ready, Set, Gorge. This collaborative partnership includes Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance, Oregon State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Read the program overview

Watch a KATU News video about the program

How to Volunteer

To become a Trailhead Ambassador volunteer please register below to express interest in this program. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to our volunteer application. Please complete the seven questions so we can get to know you better. Lastly, please make sure you register for one of the required trainings when they are scheduled. 


  • Friendly, professional, outgoing individual 
  • Enjoys informing and helping others 
  • Has knowledge of Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood trails 
  • Access to a vehicle to carry program equipment


  • Fill out an application and sign a volunteer agreement 
  • Attend required volunteer training 
  • Participate in a minimum of four shifts (6 hrs.) this spring and summer 
  • Has transportation to and from the trailhead and can carry equipment 


  • Columbia Sportswear “Trailhead Ambassador” tech tee 
  • NW Forest Pass after completing 24 hours of volunteer service 
  • End of season volunteer appreciation event 
  • Reward of encouraging hikers to recreate safely, informed, and responsibly 
  • Opportunity to meet people from all over the world 


Volunteers are required to attend a four-hour training. Stay tuned for 2020 trainings.

Volunteer Information and Resource Page

Please refer to this page for Trailhead Ambassadors information and resources.

Register for a Volunteer Shift

Click here to sign-up for a trailhead shift. Note: The 2019 Trailhead Ambassador program has concluded; information about the 2020 program to be announced.

Learn More about Being a Trailhead Ambassador 

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