Volunteer with TKO! Clackamas River Trail, May 17

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Volunteer with TKO! Clackamas River Trail, May 17

Post by Shoofly » May 8th, 2016, 2:16 pm

Clackamas River Trail
Saturday, May 17
8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Clackamas River Trail is an 8-mile trail from Fish Creek, 16 miles east of Estacada, to Indian Henry Campground. It follows the river and Hwy 224. Pup Creek Falls, 4 miles in from either direction, is a popular destination site for hikers. The area between Pup Creek and Indian Henry is in the wilderness. The trail meanders steeply up and down to the river several times on its 8-mile duration. Strong winds this past winter resulted in a great deal of tree fall, some of which resulted in significant trail damage. The Forest Service has done a lot of logging of the biggest trees, but damage-repair work remains, as well as annual tread maintenance.

Project description
About I mile upriver from Pup Creek Falls, two trees fell and the roots pulled away the trail, creating one root ball crater through which hikers must pass, and one area where the trail pulled away, forcing hikers to walk on treacherous surface. Two work parties have made the trail safe for hikers, but more work needs to be done to stabilize the repairs for the longer term. If volunteer resources and time permit, work can also be done on the trail tread.

Hiking information
The work party will begin at pullout near MP45 on Hwy 224 at the site of a work-party approved steep shortcut that cuts out over a mile of hiking down from Indian Henry Campground. This is not the meeting point, however (see “Directions below”). The hike to the work site is about 1.5 miles over rolling terrain.

What to expect

No experience is necessary. You will be working with experienced crew leaders to repair damage sections of the trail and, if time permits, doing tread work such as removing berms and brushing. You should be prepared to hike on terrain that is muddy, uneven and sometimes steep while carrying your day pack and work tools. Caution will be needed by all hikers.

What to bring

Lunch and plenty of water.
Rain gear (jacket and pants) if appropriate for weather forecast
Work gloves
Extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the day (optional)

What to wear
Boots (tennis shoes are not allowed
Long sleeve shirt recommended
Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses).
TKO will supply hard hats, and safety glasses if needed.


We will meet at the Fish Creek trailhead and caravan or car pool about 8 miles to the starting point. From I-205, take the Clackamas-Estacada/Hwy224 exit. Go east through Estacada. Continue on Hwy 224 approximately 16 miles. You will see a sign indicating Fish Creek Campground on the right.

Once you make the turn off Hwy 224, you will cross a bridge over Fish Creek and see the entrance to the campground. Go past this entrance. A very short distance later, you will see a turnout on the right to the trailhead parking lot.

Please sign up to volunteer here.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

Thank you for supporting Oregon's hiking trails!

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