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Elowah Falls Overlook Spur Trail

July 23 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Crew Leader:  Guy Hamblen
Hike Distance:  Up to 2 miles
Elevation Gain: up to 500’
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Easy
Work Description: Tread and Retaining Wall Work
Keywords: Retaining Wall, tread

Overview:  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.

Potential cancellation:   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.

Project description:  We plan to install a number of gabions (rock cages) on rock slide-prone sections of the Upper McCord trail.  The goal is to stabilize these sections and to make any future rock slides less destructive to the existing trail.   We will be digging and removing talus rock to install the gabion.  Then properly fill the reinforced gabion with rock.  This plan may change based on what’s done over the course of work parties.

Hiking information:  We will be finishing work on this recovered CCC-era trail that has a spectacular overlook of Elowah Falls.  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 guy.hamblen@trailkeepersoforegon.org or volunteer@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

What to expect:  You should expect to work in a fire-affected zone over uneven terrain, with many obstacles yet to climb over enroute to the jobsite.   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:

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)

  • Sturdy work gloves (more than one pair is a good idea)

  • Long sleeved shirts and long pants required

  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather

  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)

  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses


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.


July 23
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


John B. Yeon Trailhead
John B. Yeon Trailhead
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
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