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Oregon’s trails need upkeep and care. That’s where we come in.

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Almost all of today’s hiking trails were built more than 80 years ago.

Almost all of them are currently maintained by volunteers.

Explosive trail use and a lack of funding for trail maintenance is a real threat to our favorite trails.

In 2007, a group of concerned hikers founded Trailkeepers of Oregon. Our work takes the form of trail maintenance projects and advocacy work to restore proper funding to a resource so beneficial and beloved by Oregonians.

Backed by the generosity of hundreds of donors and volunteers, Trailkeepers of Oregon is committed to making sure everyone has access to Oregon’s most special places for years to come.

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Hike of the Month: Muddy Fork Loop

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

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

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.

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