WEEK 7: Restore the Heart of the Gorge

Donate $10+ gets you a free pint or crowler (to go) at Gorges Beer Co. in Portland or Cascade Locks

Donate $50+ gets you you entered into a raffle for a Gorges Beer Co. Cascade Locks gift package: gift certificate, tasting flights and Gorges gear

Donate $100 or more towards TKO’s Gorge recovery efforts and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a top-of-the-line Arc’teryx Atom LT puffy coat

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Want to plunge into the New Year? Gorges Beer Co. Polar Plunge January 1st: including liquid courage, a thaw-inducing brunch & tasting flight. 20% of ticket sales come back to TKO!

Gorges Polar Plunge

Can’t give $? Participate in any TKO event this week (12/13-12/19), and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Perseverance Pays Off

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 hustled to keep up with. It was only by way of a motivated community of volunteers that we were able to grow quickly and step in to help these trails. We knew then that we had a long journey ahead of us. 

Three years later the heart of the Gorge has revived to be a different but equally vibrant place with new success stories every week! But many trails remain closed. Thanks to our volunteers and supporters, TKO will continue to hoof it up the steep Gorge trails and get after the next place that we seek to recover. We’re not done yet! Help us continue the work we started in 2017. 

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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 has been closed to public access since 2017 – but we have exciting updates!

With ongoing support from the Forest Service, TKO volunteers have been steadily working their way up the trail from below Triple Falls. They accomplished a huge amount of work to clear the trail to the Horsetail Junction and above onto the switchback portion. The trail was waiting on the construction of the a new bridge to replace one lost in the fire. Check it out in the photo here!

Thanks to the hard work of volunteers, partner groups, and the support of donors, we are excited to share that the Forest Service reopened the Oneonta Trail earlier this month!

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KEEPING UP MOMENTUM

While we are celebrating this accomplishment, our Crew Leaders have already begun turning their attention towards the next trail. Nesmith Point, here we come! If you want to see a similar success story unfold next year for other beloved but closed trails in the Gorge, donate today!

Did you know that there is no experience required to join in any of TKO’s trail party events? If you want to join the amazing group of folks who have been bringing Gorge trails back to life one step at a time, you can! Check out our events calendar for upcoming trail parties and sign up today.

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Latest News

TKO Comments on Mt. Hood NRA v2022Jan7

Portland, Ore. – January 8th, 2022 – Subject: Legislative Concepts for Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Dear Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer:

On behalf of Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO), we would like to thank you for your ongoing work in protecting Mount Hood and the Gorge, including the new vision for recreation and restoration in the newly released legislative concept. We strongly support this pivot toward protecting special places while also improving sustainable recreation opportunities. Key components are listed below, making the proposal so timely and needed.

TKO Comments Mount Hood NRA v2022Jan7

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Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors

Help support hiking trails in Oregon by becoming a Trail Ambassador.

 

Portland, Ore. – March 18, 2021 – This spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon, the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance, the U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon State Parks are kicking off another season of the Trail Ambassador Program to equip Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mt. Hood visitors with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking in the region. The Trail Ambassador 2021 season will kick-off on April 24th and Trailkeepers of Oregon is currently seeking volunteers

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Internship Introspective: Gorge Trails Recovery

 

 

This fall was chaotic and dramatic. Historic winds, fires, civil unrest, and a deadly pandemic will define the fall of 2020 for most. For me, they all set the backdrop for a somewhat confusing, sometimes chaotic, but overall incredibly fulfilling internship with Trailkeepers of Oregon, the US Forest Service, and Northwest Youth Corps. For the months of September, October and November, I worked in the Columbia River Gorge, aiding in ongoing trail restoration efforts. […]

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