A re-route before a “sketchy section” of trail just before the Coopey Falls overlook was proposed last fall to OPRD. The proposed re-route is near a “culturally sensitive area” and OPRD needed approval from the OR State Archeologist. That approval was obtained and now TKO, in conjunction with OPRD, will cut in this new reroute. Our efforts will be monitored by the State Archeologist. The proposed trail has a lot of vegetation and duff growing on it that needs removal.
Time: We will meet in the Angel’s Rest upper parking lot at 8:00 AM for our safety and tool talk. We plan to be back to the cars by 3:00 PM.
Hiking information: It is about a 1/2-mile hike up to the work area. This is an open-to-the-public trail but travels across a couple of rocky scree slopes. Total elevation gain is about 500 ft.
What to expect: You should expect to work on a trail that has been impacted by the Eagle Creek fire and a year of closure. The trail is close to the freeway so it can be quite noisy. Some poison oak can be found growing to the sides of the trail tread in this area. The new trail segment has been flagged but we will cut-in a corridor path then start our rough tread construction. Depending on trailparty progress and soil conditions, we may be able to complete finish tread. We may have to have an additional trailparty for decommissioning/restoration of the old trail.
You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
Potential Cancellation: Because the fire-affected zone is potentially more hazardous than other sites where we work, the crew leader may decide to cancel the work party the day before, based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds, excessive rain/heat, or potential ice events. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations.
What to bring: Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Also bring good work gloves and supportive boots.
What to wear:
Directions: Take I-84 E/US-30 East to exit 28 from I-84 E/US-30 E (Bridal Veil). Go approx 1/2 mile then west on US 30 Old Columbia River Highway for 1/8 mi. to the Upper Angel’s Rest parking lot.
Please consider indicating an interest in carpooling when you register, or carpooling with someone you know. Parking spaces are limited.
Crew Leader: Guy Hamblen and Elaine Keavney