Hike Guidelines


“Friends of the Umpqua” is a hiking club for people who enjoy being in the out-of-doors and sharing the benefits of group outdoor activities. FOU hike coordinators are not “leaders” but are volunteers who help organize and advise participants in specific FOU group activities. Participants will be required to sign a SignInWaiver before each hike. Carpooling is generally available and arranged between participants.

1. Friends of the Umpqua hiking club is not responsible for anyone’s health or safety. Be aware that some hikes are more difficult than others and each person must use common sense about trail & hiking conditions.

2. Participants must come prepared for hiking and for the hike destination current weather & trail conditions. Some recommendations according to weather and trail conditions are: day pack, rain gear, supportive footwear, water — minimum 1 quart (more for hot weather), lunch/snacks, proper clothes and hat, sunscreen and/or bug repellent as necessary, whistle, and other items as needed.

3. Hikers not familiar with the hike route should stay with others who know the trail. The group regulars should help new people keep on the designated trail. At trail junctions coordinators or members should make sure the people behind know which trail to take. If a person is confused about where he or she is, return to the last known correct trail section. If a person is truly lost, the best procedure is to stay put and use a whistle and/or radio, stay calm and keep warm.

4. If hikers are going to deviate from the designated trail route they must inform others so that someone knows where they are.

5. Bringing pets is not discouraged but if present, must be on a leash and restrained from bothering other hikers or wildlife.

6. Carpool participants should share gas expenses. This is discussed between car occupants. “Transportation to and from each hike is voluntarily arranged between participants and the club assumes no responsibility.” The club and/or drivers are not responsible for any injuries incurred during carpooling.

7. Please be courteous of others and the environment – remember we are guests in the outdoors.

8. Give a hoot, don’t pollute (old BLM saying). If you pack it in, pack it out.

9. It is always helpful to clean up trail trash and do some trail grooming if you can – strictly voluntary.

10. Enjoy the hike!

The following is a copy of the liability release attached to the club Membership Application and club outing SignInWaiver:

Acknowledgment of Outing Member Responsibility, Express Assumption of Risk, Release of Liability, and photo release

I understand that during my participation in this hiking club Outing, I may be exposed to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent in each Outing and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique character of the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders and assistants or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries and Damages are involved in adventure travel such as Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club Outings and I appreciate that I may have to exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I further understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries and Damages to which I may be exposed.

In consideration for acceptance as a participant on club outings, I confirm my understanding that:

To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club, its officers, and leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club, its officers, and leaders, in any way connected with this Outing. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club, its officers, and leaders from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant on the outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the Outing.

The Outing officially begins and ends at the trailhead location(s) designated by the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club. The Outing does not include carpooling, transportation, or transit to and from the Outing, and I am personally responsible for all risks associated with this travel. Individuals interested in carpooling may voluntarily do so.

I agree to inform the hike leader of any decision to leave early or to go forward without the hike leader. If I decide to leave early and not to complete the Outing as planned, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to leave and waive all liability against the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club arising from that decision. Likewise, if the leader has concluded the Outing, and I decide to go forward without the leader, I assume all risks inherent in my decision to go forward and waive all liability against the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club arising from that decision.

Photos – While participating in this activity, your photo may be taken and be posted on the group website or Facebook page by the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club or other participants. We cannot control other people taking photos and uploading them to our Facebook page, but we can remove photos. It is your responsibility to inform others if you do not wish to be photographed and to inform us if any of your photos are to be removed from the club’s website or Facebook page.