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Day 1: Joint TKO-PCTA “Swamping-Only” Trailparty #600 Trail

July 3 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dy 1: Joint Trailparty with PCTA on the Timberline #600 Trail (PCT) west of Timberline Lodge.
Dy 1: Joint Trailparty with PCTA on the Timberline #600 Trail (PCT) west of Timberline Lodge.

Crew Leader: Guy Hamblen

Max Size of Crew: 6

Hike Distance: 3 mi RT

Elevation Gain: (in ft) 250 ft.

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Work Difficulty: Easy

Work Description: De-limbing winter storm logfall

Project Overview:

The extreme winds of the Labor Day 2020 storms brought down a lot of trees on this section of the PCT (#600 Timberline Trail). In places, the trail is nearly impassable. Our goal is to de-limb these trees in preparation for a USFS training for a crosscut-only logout later in July or August.

SWAMPERS ONLY! There will be no crosscut activity. We will only be de-limbing. Recruiting our A sawyers to get involved with complex log situations.

This will be a TKO and PCTA joint workparty! The PCTA folks will host 6 of their members so, tegether, we can meet the Wilderness group requirements. Normally TKO doesn’t get a chance to work on the PCT trail so this will be a unique opportunity to get to know our PCTA trail colleagues, have some fun, and start the process of making this popular trail passable for hikers.

Hiking information:

We will meet at the Timberline Trail parking lot. More exact directions TBD.

What to expect:

You will be required to wear a face mask when you are within 6ft of other participants, regardless of vaccine status.

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 work 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)
  • A mask and hand sanitizer
  • Personal tools: corona saw, loppers
  • Sun protection. We will be working on the south slopes of Mt Hood.

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. No tennis shoes allowed!)
  • Work gloves
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants required
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses if needed


Exact detail will be provided 48 hrs before this trailparty.

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 gloves, cloth masks, and hand sanitizer.

• Tools will be sanitized prior to the event and afterwards.

• No carpools will be arranged by TKO for the time being.

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.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.


Timberline Lodge #600 Trail West
E Timberline Road, 45.3304, -121.7104, 45.3304, -121.7104, 45.3304, -121.7104
Government Camp, OR 97205 United States
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