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CRGNSA Stewardship Network Walk in the Gorge

February 23 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Field Experience: Elowah Falls, Upper McCord & Nesmith Trail Restoration Project

Field Experience: Elowah Falls, Upper McCord & Nesmith Trail Restoration Project

Hike Leader: Steve Kruger

Hike Distance: up to 1.5 miles total

Elevation Gain: up to 800ft

Hike Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Service Difficulty: n/a

COVID-19 Procedures 

**You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event, provide proof of vaccination or 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.

Event Overview:

Field Experience: Elowah Falls, Upper McCord & Nesmith Trail Restoration Project

Tuesday, October 26 | 2:00-3:00 PM | Meet up at: John B. Yeon Trailhead between 1:45-2:00 PM

  • Trail experience will start promptly at 2:00 PM and end by 3:00 PM
  • Our afternoon trail experience will include:
  • Welcome, land acknowledgement, safety talk
  • This field experience will take place with full COVID precautions, the details of which will be shared by Trailkeepers of Oregon during the safety talk.
  • Meet the Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) crew who will actively be doing trail restoration work
  • Guest lectures by Stan Hinatsu, US Forest Service and Josh Durham/lead volunteers, TKO – progress at Nesmith trail
  • Guest lectures by Glen Littrell, Oregon Parks and Recreation Manager (OPRD) and Mo Czinger, OPRD — the work out at Upper McCord and Elowah Falls

Directions: We will be meeting at the John B. Yeon Trailhead, just before the on ramp to East Interstate 84. Click here for Google maps link.

Hiking information: We’ll hike less than 1.5 miles on wide maintained trails within the project site.

What to expect: TKO and agency staff will lead us in sharing about the history of service across the trail system. 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 hike leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the hike begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

What to bring:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks

What to wear:

  • Hiking boots or runners (Please wear something sturdy that can get a bit muddy and will protect your toes and ankles on uneven ground. Open toed shoes will not be allowed.)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

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.

Venue

John B. Yeon Trailhead
Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
+ Google Map

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