The goal of this trip is to clear logs and start tread improvement on the upper end of the closed portion of the Oneonta Trail #424. Partly because of the hot weather, all work and hiking will be above 2500 ft, and halfway reasonably shaded. Also because of the heat we will plan to start and end early
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 will be working in partnership with the Forest Service trail crew to identify priorities to bring this trail back to life – bucking out down trees, clearing brush from the flagged corridor and then restoring tread and drainage features. All levels of experience welcome!
Hiking information: 3 miles one way with some mild ascents and descents to the beginning of the work site, up to 0.65 more miles to the far end of the work area; with ups and downs in the trail totally up to about 1200 ft (round trip)
What to expect: A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins. COVID 19 procedures and warnings are srtill in effect Please watch this COVID-19 safety orientation and then e-sign this waiver.
When filling out the waiver, the Land Manager is USFS, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Additionally, all volunteers are required to complete this COVID-19 self-screening test 24 hours prior to the event (I will send a reminder). A CDC alternative is available here. The results of either questionnaire must indicate that there are no medical concerns or medical attention needed. At the trailhead, Crew Leaders will assess that no health changes have occurred since the volunteer did their last health self-assessment and that they feel safe to participate that day.
If you’re curious what kind of maintenance issues we might be tackling, watch this series of primer videos.
What to bring: Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (recommend 2-3 liters), and a day pack to carry it all in.
What to wear:
Directions: From East or West, take I-84 to Exit 22 to Corbett. Take Corbett Hill Rd 1.4 mi to Historic Columbia River Hwy. Turn left on Historic Columbia River Hwy. After 1.9 mi take slight right onto Larch Mountain Rd. Follow Larch Mountain Rd approx 11.5 miles (3 miles before the road ends at the trailhead parking lot) and you will see TKO crew leaders at the access gate with a Trailkeepers sign.
If you have questions or concerns about the hike, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.