A healthy group thrives when everyone participates and supports the group's goals. Here are some ways you can give back to our hiking group!

Spread the Word: Invite a friend to join you on one of our hikes or rambles. Post our Lake Oswego Hikers invitation card (available at the Parks & Rec Office) on your favorite community bulletin board. Post photos of your hiking adventures with Lake Oswego Hikers on social media. Tag City of Lake Oswego on Instagram or Facebook by typing "@cityoflakeoswego" (Instagram) or "City of Lake Oswego" (Facebook) in the comment section.

Lead a Hike or Ramble: We are totally dependent on willing volunteers to plan, scout and lead our hikes and rambles. Interested, but not sure how to get started? Talk to a current hike or ramble leader, and offer to assist or co-lead with them on a future hike or ramble. Or, email our contact person Jennifer Gohr at the Parks and Rec Office, who can put you in touch with one of our planning coordinators. Come to our annual Leaders' Forum, held in February, where leadership policies and practices are reviewed, and past challenges and new ideas are discussed. Can't make it to the Leaders' Forum? Click on the "LEADERS" tab above, which will take you to our companion website designed specifically to provide resources for our leaders. The "Training" tab on this website lists the training materials used at our last Leaders' Forum. Follow the links to access the information. If you are already a hike leader, consider inviting a newer hiker to co-lead with you.

Trail Etiquette: Enhance the outdoor experience for yourself and others: Talk softly, silence cellphones, support the leader and sweep, take a small trash bag to pick up litter on the trail, take only photos, leave only footprints.

Give Feedback: We welcome your questions, comments, suggestions and new hike ideas. Our Steering Committee can put you in touch with someone who can respond to your inquiry. Send your email to LO Hikers Steering Committee.

Support Local Trails Organizations: Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) was founded in 2007 to match volunteers and donations with trail maintenance projects the forest service is unable to manage with their limited resources. Check out their website: Trailkeepers of Oregon. We plan to join forces with Trailkeepers for a work party in 2018. Check our "Schedule" page for updates. An easy way to donate to Trailkeepers is via Willamette Week's Give!Guide. Across the river, the Washington Trails Association (WTA) has a long history (starting in 1966) of sponsoring trail maintenance work parties and advocating to protect access to hiking trails and lands. Check out their website: Washington Trails Association to volunteer or donate.