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Trail Stewardship Events

Click on any of the trail stewardship events below to learn more or sign up!

Latourell Falls – Tuesday, September 20
Punchbowl Falls Park – Saturday, September 24
Milo McIver State Park – Tuesday, September 27
Eliot Crossing, Timberline Trail – Saturday, October 1
Milo McIver State Park – Tuesday, October 4
Milo McIver State Park – Tuesday, October 11
Camp Wilkerson – Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge

Tuesday, September 20, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Overview
Latourell Falls is the closest of the Gorge waterfalls to Portland, and is a very popular 2.5 mile hike.  A previous work party earlier this season improved the trail with brushing and some tread work.

Project Description
In August, a work party improved tread and drainage on the first mile of trail from the parking lot on Hwy 30 to the Upper Falls. This work party will focus on the second half of the trail, from Upper Falls down to Guy W. Talbot State Park. There is tread and drainage work to do on this half of the trail.

Hiking Information
We will start our hike at the parking lot, hiking up to the Upper Falls and completing a small amount of work near the falls. From there we will move down the other half of the trail, working on identified issues as we go along. The trail begins with a paved section to a viewpoint. The entire trail is 2.4 miles with a gain of just over 500’.  As with all Gorge trails, it is rocky, uneven, and sometimes steep.

What to expect
No experience is necessary. You will be working with experienced crew leaders to improve the tread surface on this popular trail. You should be prepared to hike on terrain that is uneven and sometimes steep while carrying your day pack and work tools.

What to bring
Lunch and plenty of water.
Rain gear (jacket and pants) if appropriate for weather forecast
Work gloves
Extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the day (optional)

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
Long sleeve shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
TKO will supply hard hats, and safety glasses if needed

Directions
From Portland, drive east on I-84 to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Turn right on the Historic Highway and drive 2.8 miles to the Latourell Falls Parking lot on the left. From the east, take exit 35 (Ainsworth Park). Drive 10.8 miles west on the Historic Highway to the same lot.

Sign up below, or contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Please join us to work on new trails at Punchbowl Falls Park! We will be working on building better hiking trails at Punchbowl Falls Park outside of Hood River. This is an excellent opportunity to help create better trails while learning about trail design and construction.

Tools and instruction will be provided by Trailkeepers of Oregon. No experience needed! We will meet at Punchbowl Falls Park at 9:00 AM, Saturday, September 24 and work until 3:00 PM. Please tell us if you would like to ride share, need a ride or are willing to give a ride. Parking is limited so ride sharing is encouraged.  Punchbowl Falls Park GPS Coordinates:  Lat.= 45.6003  Long.= -121.6346

Sign up below, or contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Milo McIver State Park, Estacada

Tuesday, September 27, October 4 & October 11, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Overview
McIver State Park, located on the Clackamas River between Oregon City and Estacada, is a 950-acre park with camping, boating, hiking and horseback riding opportunities for its visitors.  There are over 14 miles of trails for hikers and horseback riders in the park.

Project description
A new hiker-only trail will be built on this project. This trail will be about a mile in length, starting at the higher levels of the park and tying in to an existing trail in the river valley below. The trail route has been roughly flagged at this point.  Volunteers will begin by clearing the brush to further identify the trail route.  In coming weeks, the tread will be refined and completed.

**This project will continue on a weekly basis for several weeks.  Other volunteer groups may also assist on this project at various times.**

Hiking information
Initially, we will be working in an area where no trail currently exists.  We will be moving in and cutting heavy brush and logs to better define the trail route.

What to expect
You should be prepared to scramble over existing brush and foliage as we begin the creation of this new trail.  Each week, the trail surface will become more defined, but it will be several weeks before a good walking surface is created.

What to bring
Lunch and plenty of water
Rain gear (jacket and pants) if appropriate for weather forecast
Work gloves
Extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the day (optional)

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed
Long sleeve shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses).
TKO will supply hard hats, and safety glasses if needed.

Directions
McIver Park is located on Springwater Road.  The GPS coordinates are 45.298221,-122.382924. For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location.

Sign up below, or contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Eliot Crossing, Timberline Trail

Saturday, October 1, 8:00 AM – Late Afternoon

Help us complete the finish work to reopen this significant trail!

In 2006, the Timberline Trail’s Eliot Creek crossing was washed out, along with a good portion of the trail. The section from Cloud Cap to Elk Cove has been officially closed since that time. This fall the reroute to the new crossing will be complete! This is over a mile of new trail dropping down to Eliot Creek to a lower crossing point and returning to connect to the old trail.

The trail has been put in by contractors but some finish work is needed to complete the work: improving drainage, upslope, placing retaining rocks/logs, etc. There will be a work party on October 1 to work on this new trail.  Overnight camping will be available at Cloud Cap Saddle Campground on Friday and Saturday.

We will have someone stationed at the campground to direct volunteers to the work areas during the day. You do not have to have trail work experience to help! Tools and safety equipment will be provided. Instruction will be provided by experienced crew leaders.  Camping gear (if you choose to camp) and food is up to you.

Crew leaders are from Trailkeepers of Oregon and PCTA. This is a narrow, steep trail without room for large groups to work together so we will be breaking into small teams. If you have trail crew leader experience and want to help lead a team, please contact a TKO or PCTA representative or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

Sign up below, or contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County (with OET)

Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Join TKO and Oregon Equestrian Trails (OET) in building a hiker/horse bridge across a creek at Camp Wilkerson in Columbia County. Learn more about bridge construction and help complete this horse capable bridge!

On a previous work party we built gabion foundations for the bridge. Saturday we will be prepping the stringer log beams by removing bark, planning and leveling the tops, and notching railing locations.  Sunday we will be installing the bridge deck and completing the bridge. Come for both days or just one!  Any help is appreciated; bridge building experience not needed.

There is free camping available if you want to come early Friday or stay over Saturday night. Work will be near the camp so not much hiking.

Camp Wilkerson is about half way between Portland and Astoria near Vernonia. There is a network of hiking and horse trails around the camp.

Sign up below, or contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Upcoming Projects

Marquam Nature Park (w/ Portland Parks & Recreation)
Saturday, October 29

Completed 2016 Projects

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, February 23

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, March 1

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, March 8

Mitchell Point, Columbia Gorge
Saturday, March 19

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, March 22

Angel’s Rest Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, April 5

Elk-King’s Mountain Loop Trail w/ Mazamas
Saturday, April 9

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, April 19

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, May 3

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, May 17

Step Creek Trail
Saturday, May 21

400 Trail near Moffett Creek, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, May 31

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, June 14

Oneonta Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, June 28

Wygant Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, July 26

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Saturday, July 30

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Thursday, August 4

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, August 9

Punchbowl Falls Parks, Hood River
Tuesday, August 23

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, September 6

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County (with OET)
Saturday, September 10

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Tuesday, September 13

Completed 2015 Projects

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Angels Rest Trail, Columbia River Gorge
Saturday, May 31

Mirror Lake Trail, Mount Hood
Saturday, June 20

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2

Completed 2014 Projects

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Jenkins Estate, Southwest Beaverton
Saturday, January 18th

Columbia Gorge Near Eagle Creek
Saturday, February 22

Angels Rest, Columbia River Gorge
Saturday, March 22

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, May 31 & June 1

Mirror Lake Work Party (including Tom Dick and Harry  Mountain)
Saturday, June 14

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday,  July 19

Douglas Trail
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 25-27

Bell Creek Trail, Columbia Gorge
Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County
Saturday, October 11

Completed 2013 Projects

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Saturday, March 9

Coyote Wall/Catherine Creek with WTA
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

Trail Skills College, Cascade Locks
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 19-April 21

Clackamas Riverside Trail
Saturday, May 11

Beaver Falls Trail
Saturday, May 25

Clackamas River Trail
Sunday, June 2

Kings Mountain Trail w/ Mazamas
Saturday, June 15

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30

Smith Rock State Park
Sunday, October 13

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge
Saturday, November 23

Completed 2012 Events

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February 11

Cape Horn Trail with WTA
March 17

Camp Wilkerson – Culvert/Turnpike Training
May 12

Mosier Plateau Trail with Friends of the Gorge
May 24

Mosier Plateau Trail with Friends of the Gorge
June 9

Marquam Hills Natural Area with Portland Parks & Recreation
June 30

Mirror Lake Trail #13, Mount Hood NF
July 28

Cape Horn Trail with the WTA
September 1

Camp Wilkerson – Turnpike and Crew Leader Training
October 6

Camp Wilkerson – Turnpike Project
October 20

Completed 2011 Events

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Saturday, March 5

Herman Creek Trail #406
Saturday, March 19

Latourell Falls State Park
Saturday, April 30

Douglas Trail #781, Mount Hood NF
Saturday, October 22

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