Trail Work

Join our 2017 Stewardship Program!

Join a work party to give back to the trails you love!  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.

We also offer occasional community hikes.

Trail Stewardship Events

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

Audubon Society of Portland, Saturday August 12

Punchbowl Falls County Park, Saturday, August 12

Oxbow Regional Park, Tuesday, August 15

Oxbow Regional Park, Wednesday, August 16

Oneonta Trail, Tuesday August 22

Eliot Crossing / Cloud Cap, Saturday, August 26

Clackamas River Trail, Tuesday-Wednesday, August 29-30

Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham

Audubon Society of Portland

Saturday, August 12, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

We continue second Saturday work at the trails at the Audubon Society of Oregon. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped us open the Collins and Founders trails. This time we will be working on trails on the North side of Cornell.  Thanks to all the volunteers that helped us open the Collins and Founders trails.

Punchbowl Falls County Park

Saturday, August 12 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Overview: Punchbowl Falls County Park is a new park that opened in 2015.  There are plans for a 1-mile loop trail that was partially built by TKO volunteers last year.  The goal is to complete the loop during this 2017 season.

Project description: Work will involve new trail development along a ½ mile of planned trail that loops away from the riverside, back through the forested section to connect to the parking and main trailhead. We’ve made ample progress on brushing out the trail corridor, now the time has come to start in on the trail tread.

Hiking information: Parking is near the work area, hiking distance is less than ¼ mile.

What to expect: You should expect to work on uneven terrain while working to create a trail corridor, remove debris and build up the trail tread.

What to bring:  Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Also bring good work gloves and supportive boots.

What to wear:

Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
Long sleeved shirts recommended
Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions:

From Hood River, Hwy 30 (Oak St), go South on Hwy 281 (13th st)
Stay on 281 (there are several turns so watch signs to make sure you stay on 281!) for 11.1 miles
Take a right turn at the sign to Lost Lake.  This is Punchbowl road but the Lost Lake sign is larger
Take the right turn just after crossing the creek (0.2 miles) to stay on Punchbowl Rd
The work site is 1.4 miles North on Punchbowl road
If you cross a high bridge you just passed the parking

Goggle Maps link: (this takes you a different direction through town but otherwise is the same as above)
https://goo.gl/maps/2dp17UhxDM12
GPS – 45°36’01.1″N 121°38’04.6″W

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham

Tuesday, August 15, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

Overview
Oxbow Regional Park is a 1000-acre park located east of Gresham along the nationally-designated Wild and Scenic Sandy River. The southern portion of the park is developed, with trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and river access. There are 12 miles of trails with gentle grades along the river’s terraces and steeper trails up a ridge between the river’s bends, exploring one of the closest old-growth forests to Portland.

Project description
Metro Parks and Nature program is a new partner to TKO, and we look at this work as being foundational in building a strong relationship with this land manager. This pilot project will grow and expand to other projects across Portland.

TKO has been approached to help in the maintenance and enhancement of existing trails through a series of trail improvement projects including reestablishing trail tread, building drainage features and creating small reroutes to more sustainable trail alignments.

Hiking information
The area of work is within view of the park’s main road. It is flat, with minimal hiking required.

What to expect
You should expect to work rain or shine on a fully developed trail. Expect warm weather, so bring layered clothing as the day heats up.

What to bring
Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and snacks as desired. Also bring good work gloves, supportive boots, and rain gear as indicated by the weather forecast.

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
Long sleeved shirts recommended
Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions
Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham

The GPS coordinates are: 45°30’01.1″N 122°18’11.9″W
45.500316, -122.303313

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to parking/staging area will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Oxbow Regional Park, Gresham

Wednesday, August 16, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

Overview
Oxbow Regional Park is a 1000-acre park located east of Gresham along the nationally-designated Wild and Scenic Sandy River. The southern portion of the park is developed, with trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, and river access. There are 12 miles of trails with gentle grades along the river’s terraces and steeper trails up a ridge between the river’s bends, exploring one of the closest old-growth forests to Portland.

Project description
Metro Parks and Nature program is a new partner to TKO, and we look at this work as being foundational in building a strong relationship with this land manager. This pilot project will grow and expand to other projects across Portland.

TKO has been approached to help in the maintenance and enhancement of existing trails through a series of trail improvement projects including reestablishing trail tread, building drainage features and creating small reroutes to more sustainable trail alignments.

Hiking information
The area of work is within view of the park’s main road. It is flat, with minimal hiking required.

What to expect
You should expect to work rain or shine on a fully developed trail. Expect warm weather, so bring layered clothing as the day heats up.

What to bring
Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and snacks as desired. Also bring good work gloves, supportive boots, and rain gear as indicated by the weather forecast.

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
Long sleeved shirts recommended
Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions
Oxbow Regional Park, 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham

The GPS coordinates are: 45°30’01.1″N 122°18’11.9″W
45.500316, -122.303313

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to parking/staging area will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Oneonta Trail, Mount Hood

Tuesday, August 22, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Overview: The upper Oneonta Trail is in need of serious brushing back of the vegetation overgrowth that is narrowing the trail. This trail is in the Columbia River Gorge and is accessed from a trailhead on the Larch Mountain road.

Project description: We will be primarily cutting back vegetative brush such as salmonberry that is encroaching on the trail corridor. We will also improve tread as needed pending evaluation as we work.

Hiking information: Depending on where we work, we will hike between 2-3 miles with approximately 1000’ feet of elevation change. The hike is mostly downhill on the way in.

What to expect: Expect to work in heavy brush to open the trail corridor and repair any tread damage on the trails.

What to bring:  Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Also bring good work gloves and supportive boots.

What to wear:

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Long sleeved shirts recommended
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions:

Detailed directions will be provided to registrants approximately 48 hours prior to the work party.

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Eliot Crossing, Cloud Cap Inn on Mt. Hood

Saturday, August 26, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

Overview
In the fall of 2016 a section of the Timberline trail at Eliot crossing near Cloud Cap Inn was reopened after being closed for years.  We will be returning to do clean up and more stabilization of the new trail section.

Project description
We will be clearing a few trees, moving boulders off the trail, and rebuilding the trail covered by a small landslide.

Hiking information
We will be working within 2 miles of the Cloud Cap Trail Head.  We won’t be hiking in far but the trail is steep in spots.  A few people may cross Eliot Creek but most of the work is on the near side.

What to expect
Expect warm weather, so bring layered clothing as the day heats up.  There is water at the Cloud Cap Saddle Campground but none on the trail unless you filter water from the creek.

What to bring
Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and snacks as desired. Also bring good work gloves, supportive boots, and appropriate clothing as indicated by the weather forecast.

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
Long sleeved shirts recommended
Clothing as appropriate for the weather
Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions in link
Cloud Cap Trail Head.

The GPS coordinates are: 45.4024 -121.6546

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to parking/staging area will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.  Car pool is

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org for more information.

Clackamas River Trail, Estacada

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 29-30, 8:30 AM-3:00 PM each day. Overnight backpack trip.

Overview
The Clackamas River Trail is a popular 8-mile trail located off of Hwy 224, 16 miles east of Estacada. Pup Creek Falls, almost exactly in the middle of these 8 miles, is a popular destination for hikers. It is a triple falls located ¼ mile off of the main trail.

Project description

The ¼ mile spur to Pup Creek falls has not been maintained for some time and is in need of brushing. At the point where the falls is visible, a large root ball has blocked the trail, necessitating a scramble around it to hike a short distance further to access the creek and the falls. The goal for this work party is to improve the passage around the root ball, making it safer for hikers. There is also a place where a small viewpoint of the falls could be created near the root ball.

If time permits, we may work on the crossing of Pup Creek to make it more fordable for a longer period each year..

Hiking information
Because of the distance to the work site, this is a 2-day work party with an overnight backpack. If Pup Creek is fordable carrying packs and tools, the hike to the campsite will be about 2.5 miles, with another mile or so to the work site. If it is not fordable, we will start from the other end of the trail, hike about 3.5 miles to a campsite, again with about a mile to hike to the work site. The final decision on the route will be made closer to the date of the work party. The overall elevation change is relatively minimal, but there is quite a bit of up and down as the trail gets close to the river and then rises above it several times.

What to expect
No experience is necessary. You will be working with experienced crew leaders. You should expect to hike at least 3.5 miles over uneven terrain, carrying food and supplies for an overnight stay, plus tools.

What to bring

  • Food for 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, and 2 lunches
  • Water filter if you have oneSmall propane stove (there will almost certainly be a fire restriction in place so campfires will not be allowed)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Flashlight
  • Any other personal supplies needed for an overnight stay

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Long sleeved shirts recommended
  • Clothing as appropriate for the weather
  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

 

Completed 2017 Projects

Milo McIver State Park, Estacada
January 10, 19, 21, 22,  24, 28 & 31, February 7, 14, 21, 25 & 28, March 7, 14, 21, 25 & 28, April 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 30, June 13, July 11

Collins Trail, Audubon Society of Portland
February 11, March 11, April 8

Beaver Falls, Columbia County
April 1

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
April 4

Elowah Falls, Columbia Gorge
May 9, 16 & 23, June 6 & 20

Stub Stewart State Park
June 2-4, June 17

Oneonta Trail
July 25

Oxbow Regional Park
June 8 & 22, July 6, 18, August 1

Punchbowl Falls Park
June 10 & 24

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

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, September 20

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Saturday, September 24

Milo McIver State Park, Estacada
Tuesday, September 27, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, December 6 & 13

Eliot Crossing, Timberline Trail
Saturday, October 1

Madrone Wall, Clackamas County
Saturday & Sunday, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20

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

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

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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

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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