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

Trail Ambassador Program Updates

The rainy spring has led to a slower start to the outdoor season, but our Trail Ambassadors have been getting out and representing at trails through it all! Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make a difference on the coast, throughout the Columbia River Gorge, and on Mount Hood this month. We couldn’t do it without you!

In an effort to continually improve the TKO volunteer experience, we have added to and updated a few aspects of the Trail Ambassador program, and we are excited to share them with you!

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Making Way for New Trail

By Mark Wattier, TKO Crew Leader

The Wilson River Trail goes for 24 miles through the Coast Range, sometimes following its namesake river, and sometimes diverging into the mountains. There has been talk for years about an extension to the trail, but the Oregon Department of Forestry doesn’t have much of a budget for things like new trails. This is where TKO has been able to step in and help. […]

What’s New with Trail Ambassadors?

Welcome back!

To all of our volunteers, whether this is your first season or you’ve been with us for years, welcome to the 2022 Trail Ambassador season! We are very fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated volunteers, and we are so excited to be back on the trails with you.

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