Posts by TKO_Natalie

Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors

March 18, 2021 Posted by Trail Ambassadors 0 thoughts on “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


Internship Introspective: Gorge Trails Recovery

December 16, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “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. (more…)

Trail Ambassador Season Wrap-Up

September 11, 2020 Posted by Trail Ambassadors 0 thoughts on “Trail Ambassador Season Wrap-Up”

Dear Ambassadors,

Congratulations on the 2020 season! With challenges seemingly around every corner, it was certainly not an easy road, but we still accomplished some big things. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who participated this year, either by signing up for a volunteer shift or by just staying in the loop by being on the email list.

Nature Without Us

April 20, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Nature Without Us”

by Paul Gerald | TKO Board President

 person walks away from the camera along a dirt road through a field of yellow flowers

Spring wildflowers at Rowens Crest. Photo by Cheryl Hill.

For the first time in 20-plus years of living in Portland, I am missing the Gorge wildflower season. It is, in the proverbial sense, killing me. But I take comfort from two facts: It’s the right thing to do, and the flowers will probably be better off without us stepping on them for a season. (more…)

Important Message for All TKO Supporters

April 10, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Important Message for All TKO Supporters”

Fellow Trailkeepers, 

We hope this finds you healthy and at home! With the normal world flipped on its head, we wanted to let you know the options we’re offering for TKO Membership during this time.  (more…)

The Viewpoint Trail – a memorable project

April 6, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The Viewpoint Trail – a memorable project”

by Elaine Keavney – TKO Crew Leader

One of the most memorable trail projects that my husband Pat and I did for TKO was the design and construction of the Viewpoint Trail at Milo McIver State Park.  We began this project in the fall of 2016 and completed it in June of 2017. This half-mile graveled trail connects the upper and lower sections of this 950-acre park. (more…)

Scouting the Sam Boardman

March 28, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Scouting the Sam Boardman”

By Josh Durham

South Coast Coordinator | Trailkeepers of Oregon


That’s all I could say. As Trailkeepers of Oregon’s newly appointed South Coast Stewardship Coordinator, I had made my way south. My goal was to assess the Oregon Coast Trail through the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor with Susan Schen and Brandon Tigner, our former and current North Coast Stewardship Coordinators respectively. (more…)

Interview with a Volunteer – Kim

March 26, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Interview with a Volunteer – Kim”


Bringing the Trail Crew to you! This is the first in our “Interview with a Volunteer” series that we’ll be using to bring the fun of being a Trailkeeper to you while you stay safe at home.  (more…)

Is It Safe To Go Hiking? No, but when we can again here are some tips…

March 23, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Is It Safe To Go Hiking? No, but when we can again here are some tips…”

By Paul Gerald, TKO Board Member

The basic answer right now, is NO — With recent closures of all Oregon State Parks, the Columbia Gorge Waterfall Corridor and Governor Brown’s Stay Home order, TKO recognizes we are navigating challenges we have never seen before. We support the land managers who have had to make these difficult decisions to protect staff, volunteers and visitors and the communities within these special places. When the time comes, and if you do it right, that answer might change back to access that we all desperately seek. So let’s discuss this a little more, so we are ready for when we can get back to trails we all wish to get out to.


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