We are kicking off construction of a new educational ‘Raindrop to Sea’ trail at Camp Westwind! We’ll be using digging tools to clear duff and build the tread surface of the new trail. We’ll also do some route adjustment and detailed flagging using a clinometer to assure a sustainable grade. This will allow future crews to assess the alignment, make any corrections, and then to begin clearing duff and debris and shaping the final trail surface.
Please note: The Raindrop-to-Sea trail is not a public access trail, and you need to be a camper to hike the trails at the Westwind property. Trailkeepers of Oregon is supporting this project because outdoor school programs like Camp Westwind provide Oregon’s youth with access to important nature experiences and educational opportunities. These outdoor education facilities are very special, but their trail systems often lack the upkeep and care needed to serve our next generation of conservationists and stewards – that’s where TKO and you can step up. Funding for this project was provided by the Royal Little Family Foundation which has been an important supporter of the Westwind Stewardship Group.
We will be hiking roughly 3/4 miles (with around 400′ elevation gain) in the new trail alignment. As this is a not-yet built trail, please expect to be walking through forest undergrowth, bushes, and on uneven ground.
**You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event, provide proof of vaccination OR a recent negative COVID-19 test result, and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event.** The crew leader for this event will verify that you have completed these requirements at the trailhead safety talk before the trail party begins. The registration confirmation and pre-event emails will contain further details and links.
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Directions will be supplied to registrants via email 48 hours before event
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 and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendents for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.
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 or welcome in the outdoors due to issues that include racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group 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, socioeconomic status.
PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical and emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you may: interrupt directly, tell a crew leader, and/or inform TKO staff via the post-event survey.