WEEK 1: OREGON COAST TRAIL – NEAHKAHNIE MOUNTAIN

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Support trail stewardship along the People’s Coast.

The Oregon Coast is a sight to be seen. Known as the People’s Coast for its remarkable public access, the scenic vistas and rocky shores are endlessly connected by numerous hiking trails up and down the coastline. Since 2018, TKO has teamed up with Oregon Coast Visitors Association and many partners in a concerted effort to build a trail stewardship movement for the Oregon Coast Trail and connective trails systems.

Neahkahnie Mountain, at Oswald West State Park is an insider’s must-hike destination. A known “gap” in the Oregon Coast Trail existed connecting the Neahkahnie Mountain segment south to Manzanita. Over the last two years, TKO has helped to see 2.5 miles of new trail developed to close this gap. Read on for the details and then join us in protecting this iconic place in Oregon. The video from some of our first trail parties back in 2019 and sums up how we engage in our mission for trail stewardship and advocacy.

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NORTH OREGON COAST

NEAHKAHNIE MT., SOUTH TO MANZANITA

In 2015, TKO wrote a letter of support for a project to address a gap in the OCT between the South Neahkahnie Mt. trailhead of Oswald West State Park and the town of Manzanita. Hikers were limited to walking the busy shoulder of Hwy. 101, or being forced to drive to a trailhead that was practically in their backyard. Fast forward 5 years, and the trail is now open! Hikers in Manzanita can now access the OCT and Neahkahnie Mountain just by walking out the front door. Just because the trail is open, doesn’t mean the story end here. TKO has committed to being a lifelong partner in the maintenance of this trail as well as the trails that connect to it. Be a part of our mission to see sustainable trails here, and all across Oregon, and donate today!

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NORTH OREGON COAST

NEAHKAHNIE AND BEYOND

Our stewardship efforts extend beyond the new trail segment at Manzanita. We kicked off the year by welcoming a new cohort of Crew Leaders at Camp Magruder and supporting work on a local tsunami evacuation route. Even though the pandemic forced a halt through the spring, we were able to get back at in July. Since then, TKO volunteers have been working on improvement projects across the North Coast, including a full reconstruction of gabions at Oswald West, clearing fallen logs after the 2020 summer windstorm from the Indian Beach trail at Ecola State Park, installed OCT sign posts and “broke trail” in a new region of stewardship on the South Coast. Our volunteers are eager to keep the momentum going, but they need your support to keep their tools sharp. Donate today and support well-kept trails on the coast and beyond in 2021.

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Latest News

Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School

A photo of people in hard hats using straps to carry a burned log through a burned forest. Over this image are the words Tread School - Fire Recovery Edition

Rebuilding trails from the ashes.

By Natalie Ferraro

With over an inch of rain pouring down from cloudy skies for the weekend, it was hard to believe that the forest that volunteers worked and trained in during Tread School 2022 had been the victim of dry weather, extreme winds and raging fires only two years earlier. A group of Trailkeeper volunteers were undaunted by the ‘atmospheric river’ and showed up at Camp Talaoli anyway. These hardy folks were here to learn the skills needed to repair hiking trails after wildfires, and to start  rebuilding trails damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire.

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Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand

Two people in hard hats work on their knees to install a piece of decking on a bardwalk.

TKO volunteers helped to build a new boardwalk at the South Slough Estuary Reserve this summer.

By Katie Vaughan, TKO Board Member

Throughout 2022, TKO crews set out on the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor—a 12-mile stretch of picturesque southern Oregon coastline—over 20 times, helping to recover areas lost to vegetation and time. Now, thanks to these efforts, you can have a picnic at Whaleshead Beach, hike from Natural Bridges to Spruce Island uninterrupted, or explore the Thunder Rock Cove Loop! […]

Reopening Neahkahnie and more!

a group of volunteers in hard hats stand smiling on a dirt trail

TKO volunteers are all smiles at this trail party event on Cape Meares

by Loren Payne

Throughout 2022, TKO volunteer crews have been caring for the trail systems on Oregon’s beautiful North Coast. Trails were maintained, existing trails were extended, and closed trails were reopened to the public for the first time in years! […]

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