WEEK 7: Restore the Heart of the Gorge

We are very lucky to announce that each donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by a Portland-based hiking group called Trailmix. Give this week and see it double, thanks to the Trailmixers!

Donate any $20+, you’ll receive a secret password to pick up a 16 oz. crowler of delicious beer from Gorges Beer Co.

Donate $100+, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win either a Patagonia Nano Puff vest or Duffle, includes some Gorges Beer Co. swag too!

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Can’t give $? Participate in any event (in-person or virtual) this week, and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Stronger Together

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that we all rely on each other to be the best we can be. This week, the Portland based, all-women hiking group Trailmix has come together to match all donations, up to $5000! That means every dollar you give this week is twice as powerful. If you’re going to give, give now! Huge thanks the folks at Trailmix for their powerful partnership and for supporting Oregon’s trails.

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ONEONTA GORGE

This spectacular mini-gorge within the Gorge leaves most visitors in silent awe, not just because figuring out how to say its name can be elusive. Pronounced “Oh-nee-ON-ta”, this deep channel and its accompanying waterfalls was a classic Gorge sight until the Eagle Creek Fire rendered it too dangerous to access. This beloved trail and waterway has been closed to public access since 2017.

The trail waits now for trail work below Triple Falls and the construction of the a new bridge to replace one lost in the fire. The next two miles of trail above the bridge has not been explored since 2017. What we have seen implies a large amount of work to clear the trail to the Horsetail Junction and above onto the switchback portion.

In addition to being one of the farthest west long loop hikes in the Gorge, the Oneonta Trail is also key to resuming access to the Horsetail Creek Trail, and eventually the west side of Nesmith Point. Both of these areas are quite remote from any road and opening them will almost certainly require overnight projects. You can help us get this work done by donating today!

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Restoring the Heart of the Columbia Gorge

In 2017, the Eagle Creek fire changed the Columbia Gorge forever – running over 40+ thousand acres and closing over 122 miles of trails. This event changed the trajectory of our small nonprofit, propelling us into a role that we barely kept up with. Only by way of a motivated community of volunteers, we grew quickly and stepped in to help on trails that were in different degrees of damage. 3 years later the heart of the Gorge is breathing new life, but many trails are still closed. Only by way of the shear power of our volunteers and supporters, TKO continues to hoof it up them hills and get after the next trails that we seek to recover. Help us do more!

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