Our first Pride event may have been canceled by Heat Dome, but luckily, Pride knows no bounds! This rescheduled day of trail stewardship and fun is by and for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
If you’ve ever been curious about trail work but have been shy about giving it a chance (OR if you’re a total trail work professional; either way), this Pride event is for you! Spend a fabulous day learning and doing service with other queer folks.
At the end of the day, everyone including the folks on our sister Pride work party with Washington Trails Association, is invited to Hood River for as much distanced/vaccinated picnicking, beer, party, and prizes as you’re comfortable with. Lodging is available in Hood River or nearby if you want to make a night of it.
The hike is less than 2 miles total out and back on grassy hillsides dotted with trees. The elevation gain is aroun 500 feet. This trail, owned and operated by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, is host to a wonderful display of wildflowers in the spring and has great views of Mosier Creek Falls and the Columbia Gorge. Staying on the trail is important to protect the meadow habitat and prevent damage from erosion.
What to expect:
We’ll be preparing this lovely hiking trail for the winter rains by maintaining and improving drainage feaures and removeing the berm at the trail’s edge. We’ll use digging tools to move soil so that water can get off the trail before it starts to cause erosion problems. TKO crew leaders will teach you everything you need to know about the tools and the techniques we’ll be using.
You should expect to participate in this trail party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
What to bring:
What to wear:
Directions to the trail party and to the celebration afterwards will be sent 48 hours prior to the event.
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 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 cloth masks and hand sanitizer.
• 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.
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, and/or complete a post-event survey.
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.