News from the Trail

Birds standing in a marsh with a ridge in the background.

What Is Hiking? Hiking Is Connecting with Nature

March 18th, 2019

By Cheryl Hill, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

After a week of sitting inside at my desk job I need time out on the trail. I hike for fresh air, hearing birds sing, smelling the forest, viewing sweeping vistas and colorful wildflowers.

A large bird with dark-blue feathers and an orange beak and a horizontal black band across its head stands with wings furled on a grassy shore above stagnant water.

Photo Feature: Great Blue Heron

March 18th, 2019

By Megan Zabel Holmes, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

I couldn’t believe my luck when, the first time I left the house with my new telephoto lens, I stumbled upon this great blue heron at Orenco Woods Nature Park.

A view down into a river canyon

Hike of the Month: The Lost Corral in Cottonwood Canyon

March 18th, 2019

By John Sparks, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 10.1 miles / Elevation gain: 75 feet

In 8,000-acre Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Oregon’s second-largest state park, a jeep track travels along the side of the John Day River to access a cattle corral nestled under a cliff of columnar basalt.

A group of people standing under a large cedar tree

President’s Report: TKO Plans for Statewide Voice and Impact

March 18th, 2019

By Paul Gerald, Board President, Trailkeepers of Oregon

I have been kicking around Trailkeepers of Oregon for five years now, and what has happened in that time is simply amazing.

On to 2019, A Letter from TKO’s Executive Director

December 30th, 2018

By Steve Kruger, Executive Director, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Before the end of 2018, please consider doing the following three things:

There’s no doubt — Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) is on the rise. Word of our mission and dedication to the Oregon hiking experience has traveled fast, due in no small part to all of you, our supporters and volunteers.

Hike of the Season: Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor

December 22nd, 2018

By John Sparks, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

When winter gloom broods over Oregon’s interior, it’s good to keep an eye on the weather forecast for southern Oregon Coast towns like Brookings, Gold Beach, and Port Orford.

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