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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.

Nesika Lodge is Closed due to damage by the Eagle Creek fire. It is currently not safe to visit the lodge property. Lodge facilities will be different when the lodge is re-opened.


Tyee Lodge, on Mt Hood near Government Camp, is a base for year round activities including skiing and snowshoeing.

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 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 closed due to the Eagle creek fire.
Nesika is closed for the forseeable future.

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 Joel Reitz to check on or schedule the dates

Tyee Schedule:

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
2018 Events
Sept 1-4 (Sat-Tue) Labor day weekend @ Tyee Barb Jones
Sept 29-30 (Sat-Sun) Tyee Work Weekend Aaron Bech
Nov 2-4 (Fri-Sun) Annual Backpack Seminar at Tyee Lodge Linda Conrad
Nov 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Tyee open - host training Nathen Barton
Dec 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Tyee open - Candle making class Nathen Barton
Dec 21-23 (Fri-Sun) Tyee open Pamela Moore
March 8-10 (Fri-Sun) Backpacking food drying and nutrition class. Linda Conrad
Feb 16-18 (Sat-Mon) Tyee Lodge Full moon snowshoeing Julia Mace/Sheryl Wagner
March 15-17 (Sat-Mon) Tyee Lodge Full moon snowshoeing Sheryl Wagner

To request a winter (Dec-Mar) Tyee Lodge Date by E-mail - Click here

To request a summer (Apr-Nov) Tyee Lodge Date by E-mail - Click here

Nesika Schedule:

Nesika is closed for general use until further notice due to damage caused by the Eagle Creek fire in September 2017. At this time the area is closed to the public.

We have received paperwork to provide us access for our work trips this summer. We are entering the closed area on a special access permit and there are rules.
We can only go in and out as a group. Glen Conrad will be in charge of access and gate key. The gate key has been changed so that we do not have club members coming and going at will.
The gate will be opened work trip weekends only at specific times. We will typically meet people at the gate on Larch MT road at 9:00 AM on Friday and Saturday mornings to take people in. We only bring people out at 6:00 PM on Saturday and 1:00 PM on Sunday.
The schedule may be different on any given trip due to changes in conditions so you MUST register to participate in a work trip. Please bring leather gloves to protect your hands from broken glass.
Sleeping space will be tight. Only the Main lodge reamains for inside sleeping. You must bring your own matress. People are encouraged to bring tents if possible. Shower is not yet working because of low water pressure till we get our new water tank in. Sponge baths are possible.
Contact the lodge chair for more information.

Date Event Description Contact
All Nesika events cancelled other than organized work trips.
May 18-20 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad
June 22-24 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad
July 20-22 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad
Aug 17-19 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad
Sept 14-16 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad
Oct 19-21 (Fri-Sun) Nesika Work trip Glenn Conrad

Lodge Contacts

Name Title Contact Information
Glenn Conrad Nesika Lodge Chair 360-837-3787 NesikaChair@trailsclub.org
Aaron Bech Tyee Lodge Chair   TyeeChair@trailsclub.org
Lodge Reservation Requests
Joel Reitz (VP) Nesika Lodge   Nesika@trailsclub.org
Joel Reitz (VP) Tyee Lodge   Tyee@trailsclub.org
Nathen Barton Tyee Winter Coord
Dec - March

Nesika Lodge

Note: The information below describes the property before the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017 which severely damaged the property.
The Lodge is currently closed for repairs.
Information on facilities will be updated when the lodge is re-opened.

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 Scenic 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.

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 sleeping 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.