Eastern Oregon


Volunteers by Year


in 2022


In 2021


In 2020


In 2019

Week 8 Goal: $15,000


New partnerships and reach projects across the state


  • Offered Trailkeepers University events in Burns, OR for the first time.
  • Put 520 hours into the trails at Smith Rock State Park, tackling systemic issues to make the trails safer and more welcoming for all visitors.  
  • Took our sawyer training program on the road to La Grande, OR and trained 27 participants!

9+ partner organizations

came together to support TKO training events in eastern Oregon.

Taking care of trails that meander through the sagebrush requires a specific set of skills.

Expanding our training curriculum this year, we found ourselves connecting with eastern Oregon volunteers and groups that were looking to grow their trailkeepin’ skills. The events we hosted together opened up opportunities for folks from eastern Oregon communities to give back to their local trails in new ways. The training events of 2022 were made possible thanks to the support of awesome groups already doing great work in the region, including Wallowa Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association, and the Mount Emily Recreation Area,Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Eastern Oregon Visitors Association (EOVA, Oregon Natural Desert Association, Bureau of Land Managment and many, many more! TKO is excited to continue to bring these types of trainings to our easter Oregon partners and volunteers to support them in bringing their trailkeepin’ to the next level!

Our friends at 10 Barrel and Patagonia are sweetening the deal for those who give a gift to Oregon’s trails this week!

Every gift of $30 or more this week will enter you into a raffle to win one of three gift certificates for dinner for 2 at a 10 Barrel brew pub near you.

If you’re feeling generous, a gift of $75 or more will ALSO get you entered into a drawing to win a Patagonia rain jacket + a pair of Danner boots!

There’s more than one way to give!

Anyone who donates their time at a TKO trail party this week (12/19 – 12/23) will also be entered to win at the $75 level.


520 Hours of Volunteer Service

by TKO volunteers at Smith Rock State Park in 2022

Smith Rock State Park

TKO has been working to expand our stewardship further into South and East Oregon, and one of our favorite projects has been at Smith Rock State Park near Bend, Oregon. TKO volunteers came out for 5 trail events at Smith Rock, including the annual Spring Thing event held by the Smith Rock Group and a collaborative trail party with our friends at Go Beyond Racing! 

Volunteers learned about rock work and tread techniques while improving the Wolf Tree Trail, River Trail, and Mesa Verde Trail. Stay tuned for more projects in the Bend and Sisters area as we strive to serve trails in need of help all across the state!

TKO volunteers want to do more at Smith Rock, but they need your help to get there!

Give a gift to TKO today. 


Latest News

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

Trail Ambassadors are gearing up for a big year on Oregon’s trails

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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