News from the Trail

A small forested island in a lake.

Hike of the Month: South Waldo Shelter Hike

August 12th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 3.3 miles / Elevation gain: 35 feet

One of Oregon’s largest natural lakes, Waldo Lake is also considered one of the purest lakes in the world, with water so clear that it’s possible to see over a hundred feet into its depths.

Ten workers in hardhats posing between the cut sections of a thick log across a trail.

Want to Be a Crosscut Sawyer with TKO?

August 12th, 2019

By Guy Hamblen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

The art of using a crosscut saw is reawakening, especially among trail maintenance groups working in US Forest Service wilderness areas where chainsaws are not allowed.

A shallow lake with conifers in the background and water lily leaves on the surface.

Three Mountain Lakes for Young Hikers

August 12th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

It’s often a challenge to find a very short but interesting destination for young children around three to seven years old.

A large snow-capped mountain.

Hike of the Month: Muddy Fork Loop

July 11th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 13.8 miles / Elevation gain: 2,585 feet

This lower-level loop using the Pacific Crest and Timberline trails can be done early in the season before alpine trails on Mount Hood have melted out. The route takes in some of the more interesting features of Mount Hood’s west side, including Ramona Falls as well as a short side trip to the stunning view from the top of Bald Mountain.

Three people in green hard hats leaning over a metal grid with rocks beneath it.

Gabions: Building Blocks of Steep Trails

July 11th, 2019

By Susan Schen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Have you ever been hiking along and found yourself walking on what seems to be a metal fence embedded in the surface of the trail? If you have, you’ve encountered a gabion! A gabion is a rectangular metal mesh cage filled with rocks, forming a giant brick, to support the trail surface on steep hillsides.

A man hikes away from the camera on a trail through dry grass with a mountain rising beyond.

Photo Feature: Carroll Rim Trail

July 11th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

My husband, Greg, and I visited the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds on a brutally hot May day in 2017. After checking out all the short trails in the area, we hiked up the Carroll Rim Trail, which leads to a stunning viewpoint overlooking the most famous portion of the Painted Hills.

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