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Defiance Trail Party

May 2, 2019 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


TKO is continuing trail rehabilitation in areas of the Gorge affected by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Only preregistered volunteers will be accepted, but keep an eye on registrations as cancelations can happen and spots would open until 6PM the night before the event.

We will be working on the lower switchbacks of the Defiance trail. Distance hiked will not exceed 3 miles.

Crew Leader:  Josh Durham
Hike Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Gain: 500′
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: Restoration of tread and drainage improvement
Keywords: drainage, tread, waterfall

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, or potential ice events.  Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations. Details will be emailed prior to the event.

Hiking information:

We will be hiking in to various worksites on the lower sections of the Starvation Ridge trail and Starvation Ridge Cutoff trail.  Hiking should not exceed 2 miles, with a few hundred feet elevation change. If you have questions or concerns about the hike, please contact volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org

What to expect:

You should expect to work in a fire-affected zone over uneven terrain, with many obstacles to climb over and/or remove. A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins.

What to bring:

Bring your lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

An extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the day is a good idea, as we will be working in a sooty, potentially muddy area.

What to wear:

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

  • Sturdy work gloves (more than one pair is a good idea)

  • Long sleeved shirts required

  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)

  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses


Directions to the worksite will be provided to registered volunteers no later than 48 hours prior to the work party date, along with any other necessary information.


May 2, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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