News from the Trail

Working on Trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

December 22nd, 2018

By Chip Andrus, Volunteer Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Here we are, six volunteers with TKO, in August, trying to bring a neglected trail back to life. Built by a miner over a century ago, the Falls Creek Trail #1753 twists up the steep slopes of a canyon in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and leads to a mine shaft 3,000 feet above Hurricane Creek.

Three hard-hatted people crouch side by side with their hands on a cut section of log.

Grand Reopening of the Old Vista Ridge Trail

September 26th, 2018

By Tom Kloster, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Have you hiked the Old Vista Ridge Trail #626A to Owl Point? This historic route was unofficially reopened by volunteers in 2007 after decades of neglect, and has since become a popular new hike with spectacular views of Mount Hood’s dramatic north face.

Three people look at a log across a hiking trail.

How to Saw a Log by Hand to Clear a Trail

September 26th, 2018

By Paul Gerald, Board President, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Almost every trail you’ll ever hike will take you past a sawed-off log. And while you are certainly aware that somebody sawed off that log, you probably have no idea how complicated it might have been, nor how much work. 

A trail worker looks at a large rock stuck under the roots of an old Douglas fir tree.

The Saga of Pancake Rock on Angel’s Rest

September 26th, 2018

By Guy Hamblen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

The Trailkeepers of Oregon rock team on the Angel’s Rest Trail affectionately dubbed a flat andesite rock “Pancake Rock.” Measuring about three feet by four feet across and one foot thick, the rock has been around since Larch Mountain was issuing lava flows some one and a half million years ago. 

An Interview with Trailkeepers Board Members

September 26th, 2018

By Michael McDowell, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

On August 15, John Sparks and Michael McDowell met with three Trailkeepers of Oregon board members at the Lucky Lab Pub in Multnomah Village to discuss TKO advocacy and policy: Tom Kloster is a founding member and past TKO board president; Ben Hedstrom and Jaime English are the newest board members, having joined the board in early 2018. 

Hikes of the Season: Colorful Fall Destinations in Portland

September 26th, 2018

By John Sparks, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

In Japan, an entire tourist industry is based on kōyōgari, or momijigari, “fall leaves sightseeing” (the two words are different pronunciations of the same characters). People flock to the countryside and temple complexes to appreciate the turning of the colors. Likewise, the northeastern states of the US experience a significant influx of visitors from late September into October for the same purpose. 

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