News from the Trail

A park ranger in uniform, a bearded, gesturing man with a baby on his back, and another man and a woman stand with backs to a guard rail.

Stewardship Spotlight: Milo McIver State Park

March 14th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Did you know that Milo McIver was the site of America’s only state-sponsored rock concert?

A bench faces out past the trunks of trees onto a peaceful stretch of river with leafless deciduous trees and conifers on the opposite bank.

Hike of the Month: Champoeg State Park

March 14th, 2020

by Paul Gerald, Board Member, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 3.4 or 5.8 miles – or less!
Elevation gain: 120 to 300 feet

A great way to welcome spring is to get yourself, and your kids if you have them, out for a short, easy walk, or just a day in the park.

Two men dressed in early 19 th century work clothes, one sitting with a candle mold and the other one standing where buckets hang over a fire, demonstrate candle making.

Hike of the Month: Fort to Sea Trail

February 17th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Distance: 12.9 miles
Elevation gain: 505 feet

The National Park Service’s Fort to Sea Trail, accessible at all times of the year, follows a route that members of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery might have taken in order to commute to the Pacific Ocean.

A stream tumbles down through mossy boulders below a fern-covered hillside.

Three Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest

February 17th, 2020

by John Sparks, Newsletter Editor, Trailkeepers of Oregon

Keep an eye on snow levels, but winter is a great time to go exploring in the Coast Range.

Four boys sitting on a hill overlooking a campground next to a muddy river, with a treeless slope across the river.

Teaching a Scout Troop Basic Trail Restoration Skills

February 17th, 2020

by Glen Hess, Crew Leader, Trailkeepers of Oregon

On an April 2019 weekend, Chris Guntermann and I led a Boy Scouts of America troop on a camping and trail restoration trip in Cottonwood Canyon State Park.

A green-headed, yellow-billed duck floats in dark water behind a screen of twigs.

Walking with the Birds: Winter at Oaks Bottom

January 14th, 2020

by Ezra Cohen, Volunteer, Trailkeepers of Oregon

With a fluttering rush of wings, the western screech owl shot from its roost in the cleft of a limb and, dodging between branches in the ashen light, landed inside a tangled thicket.

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