The last time we worked on this trail was mid-January before snow covered the trail– we cleared Franklin Ridge Trail but left 13 logs down on the 1/2 mile section of Oneonta Trail south of its junction with Franklin Ridge Trail. Since then, we have reports of new logs down on Franklin Ridge Trail. The plan for this work party is to clear the new logs and remove the leftovers from last time.
From our meeting location at the Larch Mountain snow gate we’ll drive in on Palmer Mill and Multnomah Basin Roads and park at the start of the steep downhill section of the road. We’ll hike down the road, turn right on Larch Mountain Trail, left on Franklin Ridge Trail, right on Oneonta Trail, clearing logs as we go. At the end of the day we’ll retrace our steps to return to our cars.
What to Expect:
The day is forecast is to be dry and calm with temperatures ranging from mid 40s to mid 60s. Three weeks ago an inch of slushy snow covered trails in the area starting at about 2100′ elevation.It’s been fairly warm recently so hopefully the trail will be snow-free, though we may encounter some snow on the trail. Our high point for the day is at 2800′.
This is a long hike and will be a long day! You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. Please plan to arrive at the meeting location by 7:15. We will be going through a locked gate together at the start of the day and returning together at the end of the day.
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Directions: Head east on Hwy 84, take exit 22, turn right on NE Corbett Hill Rd (1.4 mi), turn left toward Historic Columbia River Hwy (246 ft), slight left onto HCRH (1.9 mi), slight right on Larch Mountain Rd (9.8 mi). Stop at the snow gate and park on the left.
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 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).
• 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, hand sanitizer, and hardhat.
• 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 throughout history. We are privileged to volunteer on these lands & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.
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