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This class is designed to be an on-trail, experience based training. Please come prepared to participate in thoughtful and challenging discussions, learn new trail construction skills, and, of course, do some trail problem solving!
The north and south segments of the Cascade Head are bisected by a Forest Service Road. TKO volunteers who have been working on the north trail have been accessing it via a ‘boot path’ that is about 300’ from where the south trail crosses the road. The land managers wish to give hikers the ability to cross the road directly from one segment to another, rather than walking down the road. To achieve this goal, TKO project managers, along with the land manager, have flagged out a connecting trail corridor of about 600’ in length. The goal of this class and trail party will be to use these flags as starting points to clear a preliminary trail corridor, using best practices for new trail construction.
Hiking information: Hiking distance is minimal, as the work begins very close to the parking site.
What to expect: You should expect to have some didactic education on new trail construction, as well as work in the field. This will involve clearing debris and logs from the proposed corridor, including possible work with crosscut saws. We will also have discussion about how to evaluate the initial route for feasibility once preliminary clearing is done, and how to consider possible options if unforeseen logistical challenges present themselves.
What to bring: Bring your lunch and plenty of water.
Also bring good work gloves and supportive boots.
What to wear:
There will be housing available at the FS Bunkhouse in Hebo, about 15 miles north of our worksite. This is on a space-available basis. When you register, please indicate whether you are interested in housing, and for which nights. Details of what to bring, etc., will be provided prior to the event.
Directions will be provided to volunteers 48 hours prior to the event.