Join our 2016 Stewardship Program!

Join a work party to give back to the trails you love!  TKO plans to schedule work parties every other Tuesday, as well as the third weekend of the month (Saturday, Sunday, or both). To receive email notifications about TKO events and more, sign-up for TKO’s email list and follow us on Facebook.

If you have questions about TKO’s trail maintenance program or are interested in training to become a volunteer TKO crew leader, please email our Volunteer Coordinator.

Trail Stewardship Events

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Tuesday, August 23, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Please join TKO 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 Park at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, August 23 and work until 3:00 PM. Please tell us if you would like to ride share, need a ride or 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 for more information.

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, September 6, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Angel’s Rest is a very popular, well- (read: overused) used trail in the western end of the Columbia Gorge.  It is a moderately steep hike, with 1,450 feet of elevation gain over 2.4 miles.   Because of its steepness and high volume traffic, it is in need of some work to prepare drainages for the winter precipitation.

Project description
In April of this year, TKO did work on drainage on the switchbacks on the upper section of the trail.  Now, as fall approaches, we will be working up from the trailhead to the waterfall area. We’ll clean out drainages and improve them as necessary to prepare for winter rains.  If there is time, we may move further up the trail and address other issues that we identify.

Hiking information
The trail is moderately steep and we will be hiking uphill from the trailhead.  You will be carrying tools while hiking to the work site,

What to expect
No experience is necessary. You will be working with experienced, friendly crew leaders to improve water drainage on the trail.  We will work rain or shine.  The work party will not be cancelled due to weather. There are no toilet facilities at the trailhead.

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.

From Portland, drive east on I-84 to Exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Turn Right on the Historic Highway.  You will see the parking area once you get to the top of the hill exiting the freeway.  From the east, take exit 35 (Ainsworth Park). Drive 10.8 miles west on the Historic Highway

We will meet in the overflow parking lot. To get there, go west past the parking lot about ½ block, turn left (south) and the parking area is on the right, about a block from the highway. Parking is limited, so arrive early if you can.

Sign up below, or contact for more information.

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County (with OET)
Saturday, September 10 & Saturday, October 15, 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.

There will be two work parties for this project:

September 10 we will be building gabions (rock basket) foundations. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how these trail structures are built. They are common in steeper trails as trail support and retaining walls. This is also a good opportunity to learn about bridge site layout and design.

October 15 we will be building the bridge deck.  Learn more about bridge construction and help complete this horse capable bridge.

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.  We will be placing small to medium rocks for the gabion build and installing large planks for the deck.  But there is plenty of help needed even if you aren’t able to lift rocks.

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

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Upcoming Projects

Marquam Nature Park (w/ Portland Parks & Recreation)
Saturday, September 24

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

Completed 2015 Projects


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


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

EventsWorkParty02Tualatin Hills Nature Park
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

EventsWorkParty03Tool Party
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

EventsWorkParty04Latourell Falls State Park
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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