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Horsetail Falls Trail – Rock Work

September 24, 2019 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Crew Leader:  Guy H.
Hike Distance: Up to 0.5 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: Up to 500′
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Advanced
Work Description: Shopping for rocks, building retaining walls, steps
Keywords: rock retaining wall steps

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:  In general, our focus will be repairing trails that have been damaged by rock slides or undertaking long-deferred maintenance.   A predominate amount of tasks to be accomplished will be shopping for suitable rock then using that rock for creating retaining walls or steps.  We will continue to remove rock that has slid onto the trail. 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.

Hiking information:  We will be gradually working through the lower section of the Horsetail Falls Trail not far from the parking lot.  A number of the trail sections have steep dropoffs.  We will be working in a high-visitor accessed trail which will require extra safety diligence.  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 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:

  • 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


From Portland, OR travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #35, Ainsworth Campground.  Follow the exit loop to a stopsign and Old Hwy US 30.  Turn left.  Pass Ainsworth CG and Bridal Veil Falls SP.  Horsetail Falls is approximately another 1/2 mile with parking on the right (north) side of the road.   

There are no bathrooms at this parking area.  The nearest is Bridal Veil Falls.


September 24, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Horsetail Falls Trail
Horsetail Falls Trail
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 United States
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