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Vista Ridge C-Cluster Chainsaw Logout

June 30 at 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This will be a Chainsaw event on a C-cluster of logs on Vista Ridge. Must be certified to operate chainsaw, otherwise expect to be swamping
This will be a Chainsaw event on a C-cluster of logs on Vista Ridge. Must be certified to operate chainsaw, otherwise expect to be swamping

Crew Leaders: Vito P./Guy H. /Josh D.

Hike Distance: up to 2 mi

Elevation Gain: 500ft

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Work Difficulty: Moderate

Work Description: Chainsaw Logout and Swamping


Project Overview:

This will be a TKO chainsaw logout training event on a set of jackstrawed logs and rootballs on the vista ridge trail on Mt. Hood. It will also be an opportunity for our newest chainsaw certs to get some “trigger time” in a complex C-log cluster.

If you are not certified for chainsaw use, expect to use hand saws and loppers to help prepare logs for sawing (swamping). If you are certified, and need access to tickets, please email

Bring your personal saw kit (wedges, axe, personal chaps, etc) plus your personal chainsaw if you have one. We will have a tailgate training review session (about 1/2 hr) before hiking the trail.

Hiking information:

We will start from the Vista Ridge trailhead, and hike about .5 miles to the junction with Old Vista Ridge.

What to expect:

You will be asked to electronically sign the e-waiver for this event and perform a self-assessment health screening within the 24 hours proceeding the event. The crew leader for this event will verify that you have done both of these requirements at the trailhead before the party begins. Your pre-event emails will contain further details and links for both of these requirements.

You should expect to participate in this work party for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (bring a 2nd in case it is raining)
  • Your personal chainsaw (if you own one), oil, and gas. Tools.

What to wear:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. No tennis shoes allowed!)
  • Work gloves
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants. If operating a saw, your personal chainsaw chaps.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO can supply hard hats
  • Hearing protection and logout-approved safety glasses required!


Directions will be supplied 48 hours before the event.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times from 1853 – 1871. We are privileged to be here today & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.


Vista Ridge Trailhead
45.443267, -121.729225
Mount Hood, OR 97041 United States
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