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Oxbow Box Stairs – Build and Installation

February 5 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Crew Leader: Brian E.
Hike Distance: < 1/4 mile
Elevation Gain: 0′
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Challenging
Work Description:  Field installation of timbered box stairs
Key words: Box stairs, training

Metro has identified a number of areas throughout the park where timber box steps should be installed, beginning with two access points descending to the Sandy River.  TKO, Metro and Oxbow staff are joining to discuss how to plan, build and install box steps so that TKO volunteers can move the effort forward throughout the upcoming winter months.  

This trail party could be more challenging, as it will involve building and installing very heavy box steps (we’ve been using 6″x6″, but now need to switch to 8″x8″, which are considerably heavier).  

Also, please note, we’re very close to finishing this project; there’s an outside chance that the work may finish up the day before (Tuesday 2/4), leaving little or nothing for the Wednesday folks to do.  Should that happen, you may get diverted to another less-exciting project in the park (drainage, tread, etc.).

Although this project will be a continuation of the previous training sessions, no experience is necessary, and you don’t have to have attended the training sessions; our experienced crew leaders will teach you all you need to know to successfully build and install box steps at Oxbow. We will build some steps in the Oxbow shop then install those steps at the job site. There may also be opportunity to prep additional trails for subsequent box step installation.

Note: Please bring good gloves and safety glasses, if you have them.  Also, the trail can get very muddy, even on dry days, so please be prepared; bring clothes you can get dirty, and something to change into afterwards.  We’ll be working at the river, rain or shine, so be sure to bring warm layers.  Previous participants have mentioned being colder than expected, and since our vehicles will be very close to the work site it’s a great idea to bring extra clothes, heavier gloves, a hat that’ll fit under your hard hat, and anything else you’d normally wear when cold weather is expected.  You can always leave excess layers in the car.

You do not need to pay for parking; a free parking pass will be provided the day of the event.

There is very limited cell phone reception within the park.  We’ll be relying on park radios should an emergency arise.

Potential cancellation: Oxbow park closes when the hill above the park is snowy or icy, and we’ll cancel if that happens.  Please be sure to check your e-mail before heading out in the morning for the trail party.

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. No tennis shoes allowed.)
  • Work gloves (loaner gloves available)
  • A long-sleeved shirt is highly recommended
  • Long pants are required
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses


Please contact Guy Hamblen at 973.800.8725 or guy.hamblen@trailkeepersoforegon.org


Oxbow Regional Park Welcome Center
3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham

If you are using a GPS for directions, using “3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham” for the address or inputting “45.500316, -122.303313” as the coordinates will both work. 


February 5
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Oxbow Regional Park
3010 Southeast Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080 United States
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