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Two men dressed in early 19 th century work clothes, one sitting with a candle mold and the other one standing where buckets hang over a fire, demonstrate candle making.

Hike of the Month: Fort to Sea Trail

February 17th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 12.9 miles
Elevation gain: 505 feet

The National Park Service’s Fort to Sea Trail, accessible at all times of the year, follows a route that members of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery might have taken in order to commute to the Pacific Ocean.

A stream tumbles down through mossy boulders below a fern-covered hillside.

Three Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest

February 17th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Keep an eye on snow levels, but winter is a great time to go exploring in the Coast Range.

Four boys sitting on a hill overlooking a campground next to a muddy river, with a treeless slope across the river.

Teaching a Scout Troop Basic Trail Restoration Skills

February 17th, 2020

by Glen Hess, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

On an April 2019 weekend, Chris Guntermann and I led a Boy Scouts of America troop on a camping and trail restoration trip in Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

A green-headed, yellow-billed duck floats in dark water behind a screen of twigs.

Walking with the Birds: Winter at Oaks Bottom

January 14th, 2020

by Ezra Cohen, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

With a fluttering rush of wings, the western screech owl shot from its roost in the cleft of a limb and, dodging between branches in the ashen light, landed inside a tangled thicket.

A creek flows through a flat, brushy area with a lake, sand dunes, and a forested coastal promontory in the distance.

Hike of the Month: Sutton Creek

January 14th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation gain: 165 feet

Fine weather windows make the Oregon Dunes an ideal area to explore in the early months of the year.

Several snags of dead trees line the steep bank of a river, while across the river is a forest of bright yellow fall foliage

TKO’s Trails: Oxbow Regional Park

January 14th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Did you know that Oxbow Regional Park sits on top of a buried forest?

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