This will be an arduous work party and a somewhat longer day than usual. It’s suitable for hardy folks used to long hikes and experienced in trail work. Please consider your fitness level before signing up! Overnight volunteers will need to carry all their backpacking gear plus tools. They should be able to run their own camp following Leave No Trace principles.
Project description: The Forest Service has given us the okay to take a work party into the middle of the closed portion of Oneonta trail to logout and do initial brushing of a ½ mile section of trail that’s been closed since the 2017 fire. For the ‘day-trip’ contingent of the crew this will be a normal one-day work party, though somewhat longer than normal because of the long hike in and out. The smaller ‘overnighter’ contingent will spend the night near the work area and work two days. There are15-20 trees to be removed in this ½ mile section, none of them very big or complicated, but the trail itself is almost impassable with heavy brush. We will divide into saw teams with each team doing both log removal and brushing.
This promises to be a fun and very satisfying trip—we’ll be making a big difference in the effort to get this trail back open this fall!
Hiking information: It’s about 3 miles to the campsite and the start of the work area, some of it over rough terrain including a scramble where the trail has completely slid away. We will be fording Oneonta Creek above Triple Falls. The water level in the creek is currently low enough to allow walking across without getting water in one’s boots (unless one has especially leaky boots!).
What to expect: Please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that you’re all booted up and ready to go at the designated start time. We’ll have our safety talk and head out as soon as everyone arrives. Volunteers must complete an online TKO waiver prior to the event. When filling out the waiver, the Land Manager is USFS, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
What to bring (for Day-trippers): Lunch, snacks, plenty of water (recommend 2-3 liters), hard hat if you have one, and a day pack to carry your personal gear plus small pruning/brushing tools. For the sawyers in the group , please bring your personal saw equipment (hand saw, axe, wedges).
What to bring (for Overnighters): All of the above plus backpacking gear and food for two days. You will need a water filter and a bear bag hanging kit.
What to wear:
Directions: Take I-84 exit 28 onto E. Bridal Veil Rd., in 0.2 mi continue east onto Historic Columbia River Hwy for 5.1 miles, turn left into the Oneonta Trailhead parking lot.
Alternatively, take I-84 exit 35 and drive west on Historic Columbia River Hwy for 1.8 miles and turn right into the Oneonta Trailhead parking lot.
Potential cancellation: Because this fire-affected zone is potentially more hazardous than other sites where we work, the crew leaders may decide to cancel the work party the day before based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds and may also decide not to work in rain. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations.
All volunteers are required to complete a COVID-19 self-screening test within the 24 hours prior to the event. The results of the questionnaire must indicate that there are no medical concerns or medical attention needed. At the trailhead, Crew Leaders will check that no health changes have occurred since the volunteer did their last health self-assessment and that they feel safe to participate that day.
Links to the health self-assessment and to TKO’s liabioity waiver will be in your Eventbrite confirmation email.