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!

Friday, November 24: Mosier Plateau Trail

Friday, November 24: Milo McIver State Park

Tuesday, November 28: Milo McIver State Park

Tuesday, December 5: Milo McIver State Park

Saturday, December 9: Portland Audubon Society

Tuesday, December 12: Milo McIver State Park

Saturday, December 16: Trail Skills Class at Portland Audubon Society

Tuesday, December 19: Milo McIver State Park

Mosier Plateau Trail

Friday, November 24, 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Overview

This is a trail work party to apply skills and review curriculum of Trails 102 / 200 coursework. In response to the Eagle Creek Fire, we have come together as part of the Gorge Trails Recovery Team to offer training and classes to new volunteers. The Gorge Trails Recovery Team is made up of volunteers from Trailkeepers of Oregon, Pacific Crest Trails Association, Washington Trails Association, and Friends of the Gorge.

Trail Work 102 – Tread & Drainage. The effects of water and gravity constantly threaten our trails, thus we must learn how best to deflect them. This course begins with the basics of hillside hydrology and how trails work when they shed water properly. Includes introduction of “trail eyes” for recognizing tread erosion patterns. Hands-on practice removing slough and berm, and effective design and maintenance of drain dips.

Trails 200 – Basic Trail Design: For curious trail workers who want to understand why so many trails are in bad shape because of how they were made. Learn how better design and layout makes trails more sustainable and less prone to erosion. Introduction to different trail design standards appropriate for different kinds of trails. This class is for anybody interested in these topics, but students with some trail building and maintenance experience will benefit the most

Project description

We will take time to review trail terminology and how trail design affects trail maintainability.  We will be looking at some basics of trail design along sections of trail and apply concepts to trail maintenance and a small trail re-alignment.

A great combination of trail design and maintenance techniques will be explored and plenty of work will be accomplished.

Hiking information

The class will be near the trail head with minimal hiking to class site.  There will be up to two miles of hiking during the day.

What to bring

Water bottle, snacks, note taking materials, lunch.

What to wear

  • Boots highly recommended.
  • Work gloves
  • 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.

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

 Milo McIver State Park

Friday, November 24, 8:30 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

BLACK FRIDAY OPT OUT EVENT!

The Maple Ridge trail is one of the more popular trails in the park. On this trail is a short spur trail leading to an overlook of some major landslides that have occurred over the last 10-15 years. This spur trail is overgrown and needs brushing. The ranger would like to clear vegetation at the point of overlook to create a viewing platform for hikers. This will be the focus of this Black Friday work party.

TKO volunteers have been working on a reroute on the Maple Ridge trail. If necessary and as time permits, we will work to put the finishing touches on this reroute.

Hiking information

Hike to the work site will be about a mile over gently uphill terrain.

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

Water bottle, snacks, lunch, work gloves,  sturdy boots.

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Work gloves
  • 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:

McIver Park is located on Springwater Road. The GPS coordinates are:

45.298221,-122.382924

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to the trailhead will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.

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

Milo McIver State Park

Tuesday, November 28, 8:30 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 more popular trails in the park. TKO is currently working on a 250’ reroute on the trail to raise the walking surface above a wet, muddy area. This work party will be the 3rd in October/November on this project, and is getting close to completion. If we complete this project and have sufficient time remaining, we will start on a rock crossing over a small creek, carrying rock to the site and preparing it for rock placement.

Hiking information

Hike to the work site will be about half a mile over gently uphill terrain, with some stairs.

What to expect

You should expect to work on finishing the trail tread surface on the reroute and decommissioning the existing trail. If time permits, we may be carrying rocks up the trail in preparation for the rock crossing. You will work with experienced crew leaders. No experience is necessary

What to bring

Water bottle, snacks, lunch, work gloves, sturdy boots.

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Work gloves
  • 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:

McIver Park is located on Springwater Road. The GPS coordinates are:

45.298221,-122.382924

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to the trailhead will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.

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

Milo McIver State Park

Tuesday, December 5, 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, December 12, 8:30 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, December 19, 8:30 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 more popular trails in the park. TKO is currently working on a 250’ reroute on the trail to raise the walking surface above a wet, muddy area. We estimate that this work party will take at least through December 12th.  Once it is complete, we will start on a rock crossing over a small creek, carrying rock to the site, preparing it for rock placement and setting the rocks.

Hiking information

Hike to the work site will be about a mile over gently uphill terrain, with a few stairs.

What to expect

You should expect to work on finishing the trail tread surface on the reroute and decommissioning the existing trail. On later dates this month we may be carrying rocks up the trail in preparation for the rock crossing and working on the crossing as time permits. You will work with experienced crew leaders. No experience is necessary.

What to bring

Water bottle, snacks, lunch, work gloves, sturdy boots.

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Work gloves
  • 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:

McIver Park is located on Springwater Road. The GPS coordinates are:

45.298221,-122.382924

For best results, use your GPS or a map guide from your own location. Directions to the trailhead will be given to the participants prior to the work party date.

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

Audubon Society of Portland

Saturday, December 9, 9 AM to 3 PM

Overview

Join us to help maintain this close to Portland trail network while learning basic trail tending techniques. We will be returning to the Audubon Society of Portland to help maintain their trails. If you missed the tread brushing class this work party will cover those techniques.

Project description

Improving the trail tread and drainage.

Hiking information

Work will be close to the Audubon Society building with a short hike to the work site.

What to expect

We will be working on tread on narrow portions of the Founders trail.

What to bring

Water bottle, lunch. Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available).

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:

Audubon Society of Portland on NW Cornell.  Details will be sent to students after signup.

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

Audubon Society of Portland

Saturday, December 16, 9 AM to 3 PM

Overview

Class: Trails 201, Leading Trail Crews. This is a class for those who would like to help lead trail work parties for Trailkeepers of Oregon.

Project description

Leading trail crews take a variety of forms: from assistant crew leaders who help in the work party, to technical experts who have skills in specific areas, to experienced trail designers and project managers.  This class will cover what these crew leaders do, working with land managers, the proper methods to ensure safety, and how to work with an all volunteer crew.

Class size is limited to 10, so please do not sign up if not seriously interested in becoming at least an assistant crew leader or directly involved in organizing trail work parties.  If you are not sure, contact us to discuss what is involved.

The methods covered are similar to those used by other trail groups such as PCTA, WTA, and other trail work organizations.  But you should attend training of those organizations if you will be working directly with them (It is possible to be a crew leader for more than one organization.)

Hiking information

Minimal hiking

What to expect

Much of the class will take place in a class room with a mix of lecture and discussion.  There will be some hiking and trail work later in the afternoon.

Lunch will be provided.

What to bring

Note taking materials
Boots for the trail work portion
Watter bottle
Long sleeved shirts recommended
Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.)
TKO will supply hard hats

What to wear

  • Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed)
  • Work gloves
  • 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:

Audubon Society of Portland on NW Cornell.  Details will be sent to students after signup.

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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