Come join Trailkeepers of Oregon as we begin work on the closed section of the Oregon Coast Trail at Cascade Head! If you’re coming from Portland, car-free shuttle service is being provided by Wildwood Adventures.
A 2.3 mile section of trail at Cascade Head (part of the Oregon Coast Trail) has been closed for 11 years following major storm damage. Efforts to reopen this section are ramping up and TKO is happy to help! With your help we’ll be doing tread restoration, log removal, drainage repair and more as we help the Forest Service get this trail back in shape.
Project description: Although much of the work will involve using hand tools to define and improve the trail tread surface, the project will involve a variety of types of work over time. There will be some technical work such as crosscut sawing, moving heavy logs with rope pullers, and possibly installing curb logs or curb walls for support of steep slopes. There will be a lot of tread repair, as the uphill edges of the trail have eroded over time and the trail corridor needs to be re-defined. There is enough variety to keep everyone interested!
Hiking information: We will be meeting each day at a locked gate on Hwy 101 and driving about a mile up a Forest Service road to the trailhead. As you might expect, the walking surface will be uneven and challenging at times. Currently, we are working about a mile from the trailhead and working away from it. We will be starting from the top each day, so the hike at the end of the day will be a gradual uphill.
What to expect: Plan to hike about a mile to the work area and work for 4-6 hours using hand digging tools. This distance will increase as we move further down the trail. We prioritize safety and fun over quantity of work accomplished and encourage people to try different things and work at a comfortable pace. No experience is necessary — you’ll be working with experienced crew leaders who will teach you all you need to know. We will work in moderate rain, but will cancel or leave if weather becomes unsafe or impedes our ability to do quality work.
What to bring: Bring your lunch and plenty of water, as well as any snacks you might want. TKO will provide snacks and drinks at the end of each day.
Also bring good work gloves and wear supportive boots that will protect your toes from sharp tools and allow for safe walking in uneven terrain.
What to wear:
– Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
– Long sleeved shirts recommended
– 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: Detailed directions will be provided via email 2 days before the work party. If you are coming from Portland and utilizing the shuttle, details for that will be included as well.