News from the Trail

A rock pillar stands up from the middle of a greenish-blue river bordered by light grey rocks and dark green coniferous forest.

Hike of the Month: Little North Santiam River

October 14th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 9.0 miles
Elevation gain: 1,340 feet

Treat your eyes to a visual feast of green and turquoise as you hike through an old-growth forest along a magical river with deep pools.

Two elk stand on a high promontory with lower headlands and a blue ocean in the background.

Photo of the Season: Elk on Cascade Head

October 14th, 2019

By Chris Markes, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Some of the best photographic moments I’ve enjoyed have been in fall with the elk on Cascade Head.

Star trails in a dark night sky appear above a snowy mountain peak.

Enter the TKO Photo Contest!

October 14th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Trailkeepers of Oregon invites you to submit your photos for a chance to be featured in TKO’s 2020 calendar and website.

Two workers, one with a shovel and one with loppers, working on a section of trail that has more boulders than dirt.

Wrestling Potatoes: Building a New Trail at Punchbowl Falls County Park

October 14th, 2019

By Chip Andrus, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

One cold January morning, seven TKO crew leaders and assistant crew leaders met at Punchbowl Falls County Park in the upper Hood River Valley. Our mission: to scope out a possible route for a trail along the East Fork of the Hood River.

Rock formations on a steep slope, with a lake below.

Hike of the Month: Paulina Peak

September 18th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 6.2 miles / Elevation gain: 1,610 feet

Paulina Peak, the highest point on the Newberry Volcano caldera rim, towers over the remains of one of the most massive shield volcanoes in North America.

A steep-sloped mound of brown twigs and needles against a backdrop of green groundcover and trees.

Mound Builders of the Forest: Western Thatch Ants

September 18th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

While hiking in on a Columbia Gorge trail with a work crew this spring, I remarked upon a large conical mass above the trail in Douglas fir forest.

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