This will be an arduous overnight work party. It’s suitable for hardy folks used to long hikes and experienced in trail work. Please consider your fitness level before signing up! 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 do brushing and tread work on a ½ mile section of trail that’s been closed since the 2017 fire. We will be continuing the work started by the first overnight trail party, focusing this time on tread and brushing on this nearly impassable and heavily vegetated trail.
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: Food for 2 days (2 lunches, one dinner, one breakfast), snacks, plenty of water for the first day plus a water filer, hard hat if you have one, and a small day pack to carry tools, food and water for each day’s excursion to the work site, and all your backpacking gear (make sure to include a bag for hanging food at night). We will bring extra gloves and eye protection.
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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 liability waiver will be in your Eventbrite confirmation email.