The purpose of this hike is to learn more about Trail Ambassadors with Trailkeepers of of Oregon and to get familiar with the trails we will be ambassadoring on the South Coast. Since we are building our Trail Ambassadors program on the coast, this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and see if becoming a Trail Ambassador is a good fit for you, as well as familiarize yourself with TKO.
(From OregonHikers.org)A series of state properties, four in all, run together on a section of rugged coastline southwest of Charleston in Coos County. The hike begins at Sunset Bay State Park but soon crosses the boundary into Shore Acres State Park. This section of the Oregon Coast Trail passes through forest, deposits you in a couple of small coves, and travels along colorful clifftops with spectacular views. The botanical gardens at Shore Acres are a highlight of the outing as are views to the Cape Arago Lighthouse on Chief’s Island. Dogs are not permitted in the Shore Acres Botanical Gardens.
This is a fairly accessible hike with some great views! There is a fair amount of up and down but no more than 25ft elevation gain. We always travel at the pace of the slowest member of the group. The goal for these hikes is to get to know the area, share information and take our time to ask questions, and take lots of photos! Since this is a short hike, we will probably finish early, but want to take all the time we want to enjoy the view and spend time together.
The Oregon Coast is typically VERY windy! Even if it is a sunny day, be prepared for cool temperatures.
We will require masks to be worn while we are together talking as a group. Masks may be removed while hiking if desired as long as physical distancing of at least 6ft is maintained from your fellow hikers.
What to expect:
You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The hike leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.
You should expect to participate in this hike for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.
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Directions: Directions will be emailed after you register for this 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 in 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 gloves, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and hardhat.
• Tools will be sanitized prior to the event, and will not be shared throughout the day.
• 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 be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.
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.
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 &/or complete the post-event survey.