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Two workers, one with a shovel and one with loppers, working on a section of trail that has more boulders than dirt.

Wrestling Potatoes: Building a New Trail at Punchbowl Falls County Park

October 14th, 2019

By Chip Andrus, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

One cold January morning, seven TKO crew leaders and assistant crew leaders met at Punchbowl Falls County Park in the upper Hood River Valley. Our mission: to scope out a possible route for a trail along the East Fork of the Hood River.

Rock formations on a steep slope, with a lake below.

Hike of the Month: Paulina Peak

September 18th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 6.2 miles / Elevation gain: 1,610 feet

Paulina Peak, the highest point on the Newberry Volcano caldera rim, towers over the remains of one of the most massive shield volcanoes in North America.

A steep-sloped mound of brown twigs and needles against a backdrop of green groundcover and trees.

Mound Builders of the Forest: Western Thatch Ants

September 18th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

While hiking in on a Columbia Gorge trail with a work crew this spring, I remarked upon a large conical mass above the trail in Douglas fir forest.

A TKO "Trail Work Party" sign surrounded by hardhats, gloves, loppers, and other trail tools.

TKO Board Strategizes Next 10 Years

September 17th, 2019

By Paul Gerald, Board President, Trailkeepers of Oregon

As any trail crew can tell you, when you have a job to do, you need a plan. Without a plan, you can lose time, miss opportunities, create a mess, waste energy and maybe get somebody hurt.

A small forested island in a lake.

Hike of the Month: South Waldo Shelter Hike

August 12th, 2019

By John Sparks, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 3.3 miles / Elevation gain: 35 feet

One of Oregon’s largest natural lakes, Waldo Lake is also considered one of the purest lakes in the world, with water so clear that it’s possible to see over a hundred feet into its depths.

Ten workers in hardhats posing between the cut sections of a thick log across a trail.

Want to Be a Crosscut Sawyer with TKO?

August 12th, 2019

By Guy Hamblen, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

The art of using a crosscut saw is reawakening, especially among trail maintenance groups working in US Forest Service wilderness areas where chainsaws are not allowed.

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