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[POSTPONED] Gorge Trail 400 – Service Day with Portland State University

November 27, 2020 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Brushing and tread clearing


HIKE DISTANCE: Up to 3 miles

ELEVATION GAIN: Up to 1000 feet



WORK DESCRIPTION: Clearing trail tread

This event is in collaboration with the Portland State University MBA program and is only open to members of that program.

In these days of COVID-19, we ask volunteers for a little extra preparation leading into your first trail stewardship event.

Since we’ve added measures to mitigate risk around physical distancing, our volunteer crew leaders will be limited in their availability to answer hands-on questions throughout the trail party. Also, if an emergency does develop, we need participants to be aware of our safety procedures and to be ready for action.

Don’t worry, trailkeeping is for everybody and we’ve made it easy to get going!

Click here to learn what you need to know before registering for this event.

What to expect:

You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours preceding the event. The crew leader will verify that you have completed these requirements before the trail party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

You should expect to hike and use a variety of different tools over uneven terrain, with the possibility of obstacles to climb over and/or remove. A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins.

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
  • Water (At least 2 Liters recommended)
  • Snacks

What to wear:

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


Please follow directions to Tooth Rock trailhead in the Gorge. GPS: 45.634628, -121.948028

Link to GPS coordinates on Google Maps

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.


Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail – Tooth Rock Trailhead
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
+ Google Map

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