News from the Trail

Three men wearing hardhats with tools in hand, bending over logs.

Turnpikes on Trails

May 17th, 2019

By Elaine Keavney, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

A trail crossing a wet, boggy area with poor drainage often becomes a problem.

A hillside of jumbled rock with a snowy volcanic peak in the distance.

Four Hikes in Search of Sasquatch

May 17th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

While both Native Americans and early settlers told stories about “wild hairy men” living in the woods, the modern Bigfoot myth really gathered steam in 1924, when a group of miners at Ape Canyon on Mount St. Helens reported a “battle” with a group of rock-throwing ape men.

A rocky gorge with a small waterfall beneath clouds tinged pink by a setting sun.

Hike of the Month: Punchbowl Falls (Hood River)

May 17th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 1.5 miles / Elevation gain: 190 feet

Two sections of a cut log on the ground several feet apart.

An Unexpected Teaching Moment

April 24th, 2019

By Pat Keavney, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

As we were finishing a Washington Trails Association Saturday work party in a Vancouver park recently, I found myself commissioned to take down a cedar that had snapped off about 12 feet from the ground.

A woman flanked by a boy on either side, all smiling as they sit astride bicycles against a green backdrop of sword ferns and trees.

Interview: Steph Noll and the Launch of the Oregon Trails Coalition

April 24th, 2019

By Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Stephanie Noll is a leading force behind the Oregon Trails Coalition (OTC), an organization conceived in 2016 and formally incorporated in 2018 to advocate for trails throughout the state and to bring together agencies and organizations working with trails.

A red house and red barn with a white roof in front of a tree-covered hill.

Hike of the Month: Bald Hill (Corvallis)

April 24th, 2019

By John Sparks

Distance: 3.1 miles / Elevation gain: 440 feet

Bald Hill is a 755-foot prominence in the bucolic southwestern outskirts of Corvallis where oak woods rub against cattle pastures.

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