WEEK 1: OREGON COAST TRAIL – HARTS COVE

Thanks to our friends at Pelican Brewing, the first $2000 donated this week will be matched! Donate now while your gift goes twice as far. 

Donate $30 or more and you will be entered to win one of three awesome prize packs from Pelican Brewing.

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Adventurer Prize Pack – Donate $150+ to win!

  • 2 custom Pacific City North Drinkware pint glasses
  • 1 Pelican Adventure Hammock
  • 1 Pelican Blanket
  • 2 Mixed Packs
  • 1 Case of Head Out
  • Various Merch (sweatshirt, shirt, hat, adventure mug, stickers, combo)
  • 1 $150 Gift Card to Pelican
  • Total Value: $500!

Weekend Warrior Prize Pack – Donate $100+ to win!

  • 1 custom Pacific City North Drinkware pint glasses
  • 1 Pelican Adventure Hammock
  • 1 Pelican Bluetooth Lantern
  • 1 Pelican Water Bottle
  • 1 Case of Head Out
  • Merch pack (hat, adventure mug, stickers, combo)
  • 1 $100 Gift Card to Pelican
  • Total Value: $350!

Day Tripper Prize Pack – Donate $50+ to win!

  • 1 Pelican Adventure Hammock
  • 1 Case of Head Out
  • Merch pack (hat, sweatshirt, shirt, adventure mug, stickers, combo)
  • 1 $50 Gift Card to Pelican
  • Total Value: $200!
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Can’t give $? Volunteer at any of our trail party events between 11/1 and 11/7, and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Support trail stewardship along the People’s Coast.

The Oregon Coast is a sight to be seen. Known as the People’s Coast for its unique public access, the scenic vistas and rocky shores are endlessly connected by numerous hiking trails up and down the coastline. Since 2018, TKO has teamed up with Oregon Coast Visitors Association and many other partners in a concerted effort to build a trail stewardship movement for the Oregon Coast Trail and connective trails systems.

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NORTHERN OREGON COAST TRAIL

CHALLENGES PERSIST

Three sections of the OCT will remain closed until at least spring 2023 due to extensive trail damage from a severe windstorm in 2020. TKO is actively pursuing capacity to support trail restoration and building ways for communities to get involved in opening these closed sections:

  • The North Trail at Cape Lookout State Park is closed, with a detour available via Cape Lookout Road.
  • Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain Trail at Oswald West State Park is closed from U.S. Highway 101 to the summit (45.743830, -123.947673).
  • Arch Cape to Cape Falcon Trail, also at Oswald West, is closed from the north trailhead to the crossing at U.S. Highway 101.

Each year, we see winter storms cause blowdown and slides. The OCT and its feed trails need to have a strong stewardship partner to respond so that these trails can remain!

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NORTHERN OREGON COAST TRAIL

LONG TERM VISION

The Oregon Coast Trail is made up of ten trail segments that run the length of Oregon’s 363-mile coastline. Well suited to both day hikers and thru-hikers alike, this is a trail unlike any other—exploring dramatic coastal headlands, picturesque beaches and a diversity of park and public lands by day, and connecting the amenities of Oregon’s colorful coastal towns throughout the journey. Roughly 200 miles uses the beach and 155 miles is along completed inland trails. Some sections — about 40 miles, or 10 percent of the entire route — are disconnected, inconvenient, unsafe or inaccessible during certain seasons. These are identified as “gap sections” and TKO is primed to step up and help to solve these gaps with new hiking trail advocacy and development. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, federal land managers, local governments and trail advocates are all working together to close these gaps.

 

 

 

 

 

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NORTHERN OREGON COAST TRAIL

HARTS COVE

The trail down to Harts Cove is a spur trail from the Oregon Coast Trail that runs through this region of Cascade Head, within the Siuslaw National Forest just north of Lincoln City. The Harts Cove trail puts you on the edge of a cliff looking down into a churning inlet fed by a narrow waterfall known as Chitwood Creek Falls. Seabirds, seals, and sea lions can often be seen in the area, and the walk to Harts Cove takes you through some lush old-growth stands of hemlock and Sitka spruce. Here in eras past, massive lava flows entered the Pacific Ocean. Now millennia later, the high winds and storms have prevented the growth of forest and the land is dominated by flowers and grasses. This meadow exemplifies one of the rarest ecosystems in Oregon, the marine headland meadow. This habitat is critical to several key species, including the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta), while the surrounding forest harbors spotted owls and nesting marbled murrelets. The trail is closed for half of the year to protect these threatened species.

TKO is taking a wholistic approach to the Oregon Coast Trail and its many system trails that cross and loop off to so many beach access points and scenic sites.

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Latest News

Safety, Fun, Service – becoming a TKO Crew Leader

A close up of two faces. One person wears a blue jacket and a yellow hat, the other wears a yellow jacket and an orange hat. They both have dirt on their faces and are smiling.

Being a Crew Leader with TKO is rewarding work and comes with a fun and supportive community that can’t wait to welcome you!

by Elaine Keavney and Loren Payne

So you’ve earned your green hat, and are getting “hooked” on trail stewardship.  As you get to know your crew leaders, do you find yourself wondering whether leading a crew would be something you would enjoy? Read on for some information about leading crews, and what you need to do if you would like to become a TKO crew leader!

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Fire and Rain – 2022 Tread School

A photo of people in hard hats using straps to carry a burned log through a burned forest. Over this image are the words Tread School - Fire Recovery Edition

Rebuilding trails from the ashes.

By Natalie Ferraro

With over an inch of rain pouring down from cloudy skies for the weekend, it was hard to believe that the forest that volunteers worked and trained in during Tread School 2022 had been the victim of dry weather, extreme winds and raging fires only two years earlier. A group of Trailkeeper volunteers were undaunted by the ‘atmospheric river’ and showed up at Camp Talaoli anyway. These hardy folks were here to learn the skills needed to repair hiking trails after wildfires, and to start  rebuilding trails damaged by the Beachie Creek Fire.

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Increasing Our Impact by Lending a Hand

Two people in hard hats work on their knees to install a piece of decking on a bardwalk.

TKO volunteers helped to build a new boardwalk at the South Slough Estuary Reserve this summer.

By Katie Vaughan, TKO Board Member

Throughout 2022, TKO crews set out on the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor—a 12-mile stretch of picturesque southern Oregon coastline—over 20 times, helping to recover areas lost to vegetation and time. Now, thanks to these efforts, you can have a picnic at Whaleshead Beach, hike from Natural Bridges to Spruce Island uninterrupted, or explore the Thunder Rock Cove Loop! […]

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