News from the Trail

Four trail volunteers in green hard hats dig into a vegetated hillside to restore the original trail width.

TKO Tread School: A Day to Learn

December 17th, 2019

By Glen Hess, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

While at the 2019 TKO Tread School, our group of 12 worked on the Hunchback Mountain Trail in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.

Two pointed basalt pinnacles, one of them partially obscured by a tree.

Hike of the Month: Herman Creek Pinnacles

November 22nd, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 1,305 feet

The short Herman Creek Pinnacles Hike takes you to a scattering of large chunks of basalt that slid off the south side of the Gorge in an ancient landslide.

A white lighthouse with a red roof.

Hiking Oregon’s Lighthouses

November 22nd, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Oregon’s 12 lighthouses range from the Warrior Rock Light on Sauvie Island in the Columbia River to the Pelican Bay Lighthouse at Brookings.

A man with leather gloves on his hands feels the teeth of a long sawblade.

Crew Leader Interview: The Keavney Team

November 22nd, 2019

By Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

On November 4, 2019, John Sparks and Michael McDowell interviewed longtime TKO trail crew leaders Elaine and Pat Keavney at their home on a hillside outside Oregon City.

A rock pillar stands up from the middle of a greenish-blue river bordered by light grey rocks and dark green coniferous forest.

Hike of the Month: Little North Santiam River

October 14th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 9.0 miles
Elevation gain: 1,340 feet

Treat your eyes to a visual feast of green and turquoise as you hike through an old-growth forest along a magical river with deep pools.

Two elk stand on a high promontory with lower headlands and a blue ocean in the background.

Photo of the Season: Elk on Cascade Head

October 14th, 2019

By Chris Markes, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Some of the best photographic moments I’ve enjoyed have been in fall with the elk on Cascade Head.

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