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TKO New School – Trail Construction Lab – Cascade Head (overnight lodging FULL)

February 22 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Free - $35.00

TKO is happy to offer a learning opportunity to volunteers and professionals seeking training in new trail construction, including leadership and project management topics.

TKO New Trail School is geared towards people interested in learning how to construct a new trail segment, using a preliminary flag line as a starting point. This will involve evaluating the trail corridor before and after preliminary clearing and proposing route changes as indicated by conditions.

This 1-day training event is open to folks who are:

  • Any volunteers or professionals* who are eager to build new trail construction skills and/or;
  • Current TKO assistant crew leaders 1.) growing their skill set and/or
  • TKO ACLs seeking to move into a full Crew Leader role.

*A nominal fee is included for professionals to attend the training. If cost is a barrier, please email natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org to consider scholarships that might be available.

This training day features activities and themes around:

  • TKO’s methodology around constructing new trail segments
  • TKO’s culture of safety, inclusiveness and quality of stewardship for the volunteer experience and the trails we tend to. 
  • How we build and maintain relationships with other stewardship partners
  • In depth coverage of the new trail construction 
  • How to facilitate and steward the volunteer experience
  • Crew Leader commitments 

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!

Crew Leader: Elaine K.
Hike Distance: 1-1.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 400′
Hike Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: New trail construction
Keywords: trail, construction

Project description: 

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: 

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Long sleeved shirts recommended
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses


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.





Cascade Head Trail-North Trailhead
Cascade Head Trail - North Trailhead OR 97368 United States + Google Map

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