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Wahclella Falls Trail – Rock Work

August 13 at 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Crew Leader:  Guy Hamblen
Hike Distance: Up to1 mile roundtrip
Elevation Gain: Up to 500′
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Work Difficulty: Moderate
Work Description: Shopping for rocks, building outside tread retaining walls
Keywords: rock retaining wall

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 high air quality alert periods.  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.   A predominate amount of tasks to be accomplished will be shopping for suitable rock then using that rock for creating retaining walls.  We will continue to remove rock that has slide 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 upper section of the Wahclella Falls Trail from where the trail splits, approximately 1/2 mile from the parking area. Depending on how much work has been accomplished at previous work parties, you may be hiking up to 1 mile round trip. 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 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 recommended 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 #40, Bonneville Fish Hatchery.  Turn right and right again (south) and follow the road thru the gate to the parking area and to the trailhead. 

From Cascade Locks OR travel east on Interstate 84 to exit #40, Bonneville Fish Hatchery.  Turn left (south) and follow the road to the trailhead. 


August 13
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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