Crew Leader: Guy Hamblen
TKO is continuing trail rehabilitation in areas of the Gorge affected by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Experienced volunteers have scouted selected trails that have been deemed safe enough for passage, and have made plans for stewardship events on fire-affected trails. Only preregistered volunteers will be accepted into the closed areas within the fire-affected trails, but keep an eye on registrations as cancelations can happen and spots would open until 6PM the night before the event.
Because the fire-affected zone is potentially more hazardous than other sites where we work, the crew leader may decide to cancel the work party the day before, based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds, excessive rain/heat, or potential ice events. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated work party cancellations.
In general, our focus will be some brushing (downed limbs mostly), reestablishing/restoring tread that has been damaged by fallen trees and limbs, but primarily the restoration of existing CCC-era retaining walls that have been damaged by rock slides. A predominate amount of tasks to be accomplished will be shopping for suitable rock then using that rock for restoration of existing walls. We will walk by any hazard trees, not working under them. This plan may change based on what’s done over the course of work parties.
We will be gradually working through a section of Gorge Trail 400 from John B. Yeon Trailhead. Depending on how much work has been accomplished at previous work parties, you may be hiking up to 2 miles. A number of the trail sections have steep dropoffs. If you have questions or concerns about the hike, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
What to expect:
You should expect to work in a fire-affected zone over uneven terrain, with many obstacles to climb over and/or remove. While the area we will be working has been approved for volunteers to enter it is still relatively hazardous so soon after the fire. A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins.
What to bring:
Bring your lunch, snacks and plenty of water. An extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the day is a good idea, as we will be working in a sooty, potentially muddy area.
What to wear:
Take I-84 E/US-30 East to exit 35 from I-84 E/US-30 E. At the stop sign, make a left east then in 100 yds a right onto the Frontage Rd. Approx. 2.1 miles east, stop at the John B. Yeon trailhead parking. Don’t get back onto I-84.