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Builders Keepers – Intro to Trails and Bridges at Silver Falls State Park

September 12 at 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

TKO welcomes our supporters to experience a morning of learning about trail and bridge design.

TKO welcomes our supporters to experience a morning of learning about trail and bridge design.

Crew Leader: Nat, Steve, Susan

Hike Distance: up to 3 miles total

Elevation Gain: up to 800ft

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Work Difficulty: Easy

Project Overview:

TKO welcomes our supporters to experience a morning of learning about trail and bridge design. We will take a hike to the project site of the new North Falls overlook trail bridges and use this on-the-ground project to teach about the basics of building bridges for hiking trails. We will also take a hike down the Twin Falls trail to check out recent TKO projects and learn about how to develop good “Trail Eyes”. We will end the morning with a brown bag lunch.

After the event, participants can feel free to make it a full day trip and continue to explore the park on their own.

Hiking information:

We’ll hike less than a mile with little elevation gain to the bridge project site.

The hike down the Twin Falls trail is steep and roughly 0.5 miles long to the bottom. We will then be hiking back up for a total of 1 mile. If steep hiking isn’t a good fit for you, you can opt out of this portion of the day.

What to expect:

TKO and park ranger staff will lead us in sharing about the construction of two bridges on the brand new Centennial Trail. TKO staff will also lead the group to explore the Twin Falls trail and help participants to learn about basic trail design and how to develop their own “Trail Eyes”. We will end the morning with a brown bag lunch.

You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

You should expect to participate in this trail party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools and uneven ground. Tennis shoes are not recommended and open toed shoes will not be allowed.)
  • Work gloves (loaner gloves available)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses


We will be meeting at the North Falls Group Camp. Click here for Google maps link.


COVID-19 Procedures **Please follow all civil authority restrictions for your community. **

In accordance with civil authority restrictions and land manager requirements for safety considerations, the following policies are currently in place:

• All volunteers will watch in the TKO COVID-19 Safety Lab, a broad safety orientation of TKO Safety Policy & Procedures for a COVID-19 Environment. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

• All volunteers must administer a health self-evaluation prior to attending in-person volunteer events (

• All volunteers will read and sign the TKO Volunteer Waiver updated for COVID-19 for release and indemnity of TKO and the land manager partner. Link will be provided in your registration confirmation.

• Volunteers must bring their own cloth masks and hand sanitizer.

For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our safety manual, available here.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.


North-Silver Falls, Day/Group Camp Area
V9P9+RQ Silverton, Oregon
Silverton, OR 97381 United States
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