News from the Trail

A large snow-capped mountain.

Hike of the Month: Muddy Fork Loop

July 11th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 13.8 miles / Elevation gain: 2,585 feet

This lower-level loop using the Pacific Crest and Timberline trails can be done early in the season before alpine trails on Mount Hood have melted out. The route takes in some of the more interesting features of Mount Hood’s west side, including Ramona Falls as well as a short side trip to the stunning view from the top of Bald Mountain.

Three people in green hard hats leaning over a metal grid with rocks beneath it.

Gabions: Building Blocks of Steep Trails

July 11th, 2019

By Susan Schen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Have you ever been hiking along and found yourself walking on what seems to be a metal fence embedded in the surface of the trail? If you have, you’ve encountered a gabion! A gabion is a rectangular metal mesh cage filled with rocks, forming a giant brick, to support the trail surface on steep hillsides.

A man hikes away from the camera on a trail through dry grass with a mountain rising beyond.

Photo Feature: Carroll Rim Trail

July 11th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

My husband, Greg, and I visited the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds on a brutally hot May day in 2017. After checking out all the short trails in the area, we hiked up the Carroll Rim Trail, which leads to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the most famous portion of the Painted Hills.

A pine tree shading a hiking trail which drops off steeply into a valley.

Hike of the Month: South Fork Walla Walla River

June 19th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: up to 10.6 miles / Elevation gain: up to 2,405 feet

For an early summer excursion in Oregon’s northern Blue Mountains, try the well-graded Rough Fork Trail, which descends 1,800 feet in three and a half miles to join the 18.5-mile South Fork Walla Walla River Trail in the middle of its secluded canyon.

Red blossoming flowers along a trail beside a hiker against a backdrop of burned tree trunks.

Hiking the Multnomah-Wahkeena Waterfall Loop

June 19th, 2019

By Maegan Jossy, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Hikers have once again been enjoying the classic five-mile Multnomah-Wahkeena waterfall loop trail in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, which reopened at the end of May.

A young girl in a green hardhat holds up an ivy leaf.

Onward and Upward with TKO Stewardship

June 19th, 2019

By Kim Kovacs, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Trailkeepers of Oregon has begun 2019 on a record track, despite the cancellation of a number of work parties in February.

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