Columbia River Gorge


Columbia River Gorge trails in 2022


Volunteer Participants


Hours of Service


Feet of Trail Improved


In-Kind Value

Week 7 Goal: $12,000


Enhancing trail systems through advocacy and stewardship


  • Helped to re-open the Nesmith trail.
  • Helped to re-open the Wyeth trail.
  • Helped to repair the Gorge 400 trail in time for the iconic Gorge Waterfalls 50k.
  • Began work to clear and repair a massive landslide at Elowah Falls.
  • Built 7 gabions across the region to stabilize trail tread.

609 Volunteers

gave their time to help re-open Gorge trails in 2022.

Fire recovery has been a hot topic in Oregon over the last few years,

and TKO’s service efforts have reflected that. In the Columbia River Gorge, TKO contributed to removing hundreds of downed trees and clearing countless debris slides that led to the reopening of Nesmith Point and Wyeth Trail in October 2022 for the first time since the Eagle Creek fire in 2017! These reopenings, along with specific efforts made with our friends at Daybreak Racing to improve the Gorge 400 trail along the Gorge Waterfalls 50k race route, allowed the race to resume in 2022 after four years of cancellation due to fire damage. 

Similar improvements are being made at Elowah Falls. Through our partnership with the US Forest Service, a massive debris slide was cleared and vegetation cut back to open the route to trail users. The bridge at the McCord Creek crossing is yet to be repaired, though the trail is passable for those willing to get their feet wet. You can help us get to work on the remaining projects by donating to our campaign today!

Our friends at Fjallraven and Gorges Beer Co. are sweetening the deal for those who give a gift to Oregon’s trails this week!

Give $30 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 Fjallraven backpacks!

EVERY DONATION THIS WEEK GETS A FREE BEER AT GORGES BEER CO., all you have to do is show your donation receipt to your server!

There’s more than one way to give!

Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (12/12 – 12/18) will also be entered to win the raffle.


New trails in the Gorge

TKO staff and State Parks have started to plan for a new view-packed trail on Viento Bluff.

Car-free Events

TKO is striving to create stewardship experiences that are accessible to people of all backgrounds and experiences. One way we are working to reduce barriers is hosting car-free events and connecting volunteers to alternative transportation options. 

This June, TKO held an overnight service trip on Angel’s Rest that began when a shuttle picked up the crew at the Gateway Transit Center, which is accessible by public transportation throughout Portland. The crew camped at a stream crossing on Angel’s Rest and successfully brushed the entire area over two days! At the conclusion of the trip, the crew was picked up at the trailhead and shuttled back to the Gateway Transit Center. 

It is our goal to host more of these events in the future and involve more people in caring for Oregon’s trails, but we need your help to have the resources to do so!

Give a gift to TKO today. 


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A large group of TKO Trail Ambassadors stand in front of a waterfall. The image is overlaid by the TKO logo.

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Every spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon Trail Ambassadors head out onto some of Oregon’s most well-loved trails to welcome visitors and share important information about the trail, hiking safety, Leave No Trace, local flora and fauna, and more. We’ve added more locations to our repertoire for this season and we need your help to meet the growing demand on our trails!


A Message from TKO’s Executive Director

Happy Holidays Trailkeepers,

The TKO Legacy Builders end-of-year campaign is coming to a close on December 31st. We are so proud that this campaign is fueled by a grassroots donor base that builds a kick start of support for a new year. Our approach continues to be that everyone in their own way is a Trailkeeper – giving time, giving passion, or giving dollars. Each of these contributions amount to more protection and enhancement of Oregon’s hiking trails.


Improving the Columbia River Gorge Trail Experience

From Latourell Falls to Mosier Plateau, TKO volunteers put in 6,171 hours (257 days!) in the Columbia River Gorge throughout 2023 ensuring your favorite trails remain ready to welcome you on your adventures. Read on for fun insight on the wide variety of trails and projects that you, our community, helped us to pursue!


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