Trail Work

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TKO Statement on the Eagle Creek Fire

TKO Executive Director Steve Kruger:

We are heartbroken by what has happened in the Columbia River Gorge. Postponing our trail work parties scheduled in the Columbia River Gorge at Angel’s Rest & Upper Oneonta was hard to do, but inevitable. TKO will be back when the smoke clears.

Our thoughts and focus are on Gorge residents that have been evacuated and their safety. Also the brave folks fighting back the flames – the U.S. Forest Service, Hood River County, local Search & Rescue teams, Oregon National Guard, Air National Guard and the many other agencies working hard to limit the extent of the damage. We ask that you all focus your energy on the Gorge communities under duress – giving to Cascade Red Cross or a fund for Hood River County Search and Rescue, by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

How can you help TKO? We have received numerous questions on when and how people can help with saving trails after the fire has cleared. Since we don’t know exactly what that looks like yet, and will not have access for quite sometime, we have created a special volunteer sign-up list so we can reach out to you for help when those efforts unfold.

September 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of this nonprofit. Make no mistake that TKO will be there, side-by-side with land managers and partners, to bring our connections to the wonders of the Gorge back again.

Sign up now to help us, when the time comes, rebuild after the Eagle Creek Fire.

Join our 2017 Stewardship Program!

Join a work party to give back to the trails you love!  To receive email notifications about TKO events and more, sign-up for TKO’s email list and follow us on Facebook.

If you have questions about TKO’s trail maintenance program or are interested in training to become a volunteer TKO crew leader, please email us.

We also offer occasional community hikes.

Trail Stewardship Events

Click on any of the trail stewardship events below to learn more or sign up!

Tuesday, September 19: POSTPONED Angel’s Rest Trail

Saturday, September 23: POSTPONED Punchbowl Falls County Park

Tuesday, October 3 and 10: POSTPONED Oneonta Trail

Tuesdays, September 19-26, October 17-24: Milo McIver State Park

Saturday, October 28: Oregon Trails Summit – Stewardship Activity – Bend, Oregon

POSTPONED – Angel’s Rest Trail

Tuesday, September 19, 10 AM to 4 PM

 

POSTPONED – Punchbowl Falls County Park

Saturday, September 23, 9 AM to 3 PM

 

POSTPONED – Oneonta Trail

Tuesday, October 3 and 10, 9 AM to 4 PM

 

Milo McIver State Park

Tuesday, September 19 and 26, 2017, 9 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, October 17 and 24, 9 AM to 4 PM

Overview

McIver State Park, located on the Clackamas River between Oregon City and Estacada, is a 950-acre park with camping, boating, hiking and horseback riding opportunities for its visitors. There are over 14 miles of trails for hikers and horseback riders in the park.

Project description

The Maple Ridge Trail is one of the most popular trails in this state park. It meanders for about a mile through forested areas. It is in need of maintenance to address a 2016 slide, as well as drainage in the lower sections of the trail. These two Tuesday work parties are the first of others that will be planned during the fall and winter season.

Hiking information

Hike to the work site will be no more than 1/2 mile.

What to expect

You should expect to work on a well-developed trail, using grubbing and brushing tools to improve tread and drainage.

What to bring

Bring a lunch and plenty of water, and snacks as desired. Also bring good work gloves, supportive boots, and rain gear as indicated by the weather forecast.

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Long sleeved shirts recommended
  • Clothing as appropriate for the weather
  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions:

Your crew leader will be in touch with specific directions and meet-up details.

GPS coordinates:

45.298221,-122.382924

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Car pool may be available; indicate your interest on the sign-up form.

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email us for more information.

Oregon Trails Summit

Saturday, October 28, 11 AM to 3 PM

Overview

In true TKO fashion, we wouldn’t feel right supporting an event without digging up some trails and making them look pretty again! While we haven’t hammered out a specific park or forest host, or trail segment to work on, this is where you can sign up to be informed on updates as they come.

Project description

Project will most likely focus on trail maintenance, with a heavy emphasis on learning TKO practices in trail maintenance techniques and volunteer management – seeing how we tend to lead trail work parties.

Hiking information

Goals are to choose a location that is within 25 miles of Bend, with direct parking and access of trail work to be completed, hiking distance of no more than 1/2 mile in.

What to expect

Rain or shine, be ready for all types of weather. You should expect to work on uneven terrain to maintain a trail corridor, remove debris and build up/improve trail tread.

What to bring

Bring your lunch and plenty of water. Also bring good work gloves and supportive boots.

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Long sleeved shirts recommended
  • Clothing as appropriate for the weather
  • Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions:

Detailed directions will be provided to registrants approximately 48 hours prior to the work party.

Please sign up to volunteer below, or email us for more information.

Completed 2017 Projects

Milo McIver State Park, Estacada
January 10, 19, 21, 22,  24, 28 & 31, February 7, 14, 21, 25 & 28, March 7, 14, 21, 25 & 28, April 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 30, June 13, July 11

Audubon Society of Portland
February 11, March 11, April 8, August 12,

Beaver Falls, Columbia County
April 1

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
April 4

Elowah Falls, Columbia Gorge
May 9, 16 & 23, June 6 & 20

Stub Stewart State Park
June 2-4, June 17

Oneonta Trail
July 25, August 22

Oxbow Regional Park
June 8 & 22, July 6, 18, August 1, 15, 16

Punchbowl Falls Park
June 10 & 24, August 12

Completed 2016 Projects

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, February 23

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, March 1

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, March 8

Mitchell Point, Columbia Gorge
Saturday, March 19

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, March 22

Angel’s Rest Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, April 5

Elk-King’s Mountain Loop Trail w/ Mazamas
Saturday, April 9

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, April 19

Dalton Point, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, May 3

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, May 17

Step Creek Trail
Saturday, May 21

400 Trail near Moffett Creek, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, May 31

Clackamas River Trail
Tuesday, June 14

Oneonta Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, June 28

Wygant Trail, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, July 26

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Saturday, July 30

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Thursday, August 4

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, August 9

Punchbowl Falls Parks, Hood River
Tuesday, August 23

Angel’s Rest, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, September 6

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County (with OET)
Saturday, September 10

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Tuesday, September 13

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge
Tuesday, September 20

Punchbowl Falls Park, Hood River
Saturday, September 24

Milo McIver State Park, Estacada
Tuesday, September 27, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, December 6 & 13

Eliot Crossing, Timberline Trail
Saturday, October 1

Madrone Wall, Clackamas County
Saturday & Sunday, November 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20

Completed 2015 Projects

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Angels Rest Trail, Columbia River Gorge
Saturday, May 31

Mirror Lake Trail, Mount Hood
Saturday, June 20

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2

Completed 2014 Projects

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Jenkins Estate, Southwest Beaverton
Saturday, January 18th

Columbia Gorge Near Eagle Creek
Saturday, February 22

Angels Rest, Columbia River Gorge
Saturday, March 22

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, May 31 & June 1

Mirror Lake Work Party (including Tom Dick and Harry  Mountain)
Saturday, June 14

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday,  July 19

Douglas Trail
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 25-27

Bell Creek Trail, Columbia Gorge
Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21

Camp Wilkerson, Columbia County
Saturday, October 11

Completed 2013 Projects

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Saturday, March 9

Coyote Wall/Catherine Creek with WTA
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17

Trail Skills College, Cascade Locks
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 19-April 21

Clackamas Riverside Trail
Saturday, May 11

Beaver Falls Trail
Saturday, May 25

Clackamas River Trail
Sunday, June 2

Kings Mountain Trail w/ Mazamas
Saturday, June 15

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday & Sunday, June 29 & 30

Smith Rock State Park
Sunday, October 13

Latourell Falls Trail, Columbia Gorge
Saturday, November 23

Completed 2012 Events

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February 11

Cape Horn Trail with WTA
March 17

Camp Wilkerson – Culvert/Turnpike Training
May 12

Mosier Plateau Trail with Friends of the Gorge
May 24

Mosier Plateau Trail with Friends of the Gorge
June 9

Marquam Hills Natural Area with Portland Parks & Recreation
June 30

Mirror Lake Trail #13, Mount Hood NF
July 28

Cape Horn Trail with the WTA
September 1

Camp Wilkerson – Turnpike and Crew Leader Training
October 6

Camp Wilkerson – Turnpike Project
October 20

Completed 2011 Events

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Saturday, March 5

Herman Creek Trail #406
Saturday, March 19

Latourell Falls State Park
Saturday, April 30

Douglas Trail #781, Mount Hood NF
Saturday, October 22

 

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