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Hike of the Month: South Fork Walla Walla River

June 19th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: up to 10.6 miles / Elevation gain: up to 2,405 feet

For an early summer excursion in Oregon’s northern Blue Mountains, try the well-graded Rough Fork Trail, which descends 1,800 feet in three and a half miles to join the 18.5-mile South Fork Walla Walla River Trail in the middle of its secluded canyon.

Red blossoming flowers along a trail beside a hiker against a backdrop of burned tree trunks.

Hiking the Multnomah-Wahkeena Waterfall Loop

June 19th, 2019

By Maegan Jossy, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Hikers have once again been enjoying the classic five-mile Multnomah-Wahkeena waterfall loop trail in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, which reopened at the end of May.

A young girl in a green hardhat holds up an ivy leaf.

Onward and Upward with TKO Stewardship

June 19th, 2019

By Kim Kovacs, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Trailkeepers of Oregon has begun 2019 on a record track, despite the cancellation of a number of work parties in February.

Three men wearing hardhats with tools in hand, bending over logs.

Turnpikes on Trails

May 17th, 2019

By Elaine Keavney, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

A trail crossing a wet, boggy area with poor drainage often becomes a problem.

A hillside of jumbled rock with a snowy volcanic peak in the distance.

Four Hikes in Search of Sasquatch

May 17th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

While both Native Americans and early settlers told stories about “wild hairy men” living in the woods, the modern Bigfoot myth really gathered steam in 1924, when a group of miners at Ape Canyon on Mount St. Helens reported a “battle” with a group of rock-throwing ape men.

A rocky gorge with a small waterfall beneath clouds tinged pink by a setting sun.

Hike of the Month: Punchbowl Falls (Hood River)

May 17th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 1.5 miles / Elevation gain: 190 feet

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