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TK-U Tread School: Intro to Tread Lab – OregonOutdoor Recreation Summit

October 29, 2022 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

TK-U Tread School – Intro to Tread Lab training for trail brushing, tread and drainage techniques for volunteers and professionals.

Crew Leader: Steve Kruger

Hike Distance: up to 1 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 25′

Hike Difficulty: Easy

Service Difficulty: Easy

Service Description: We will do service necessary to teach the skills of brushing, drainage maintenance, and tread maintenance

Project Overview: Intro to Tread Lab at Trillium Lake trail, participants will learn by hands-on field experience on how to clear trail corridor, maintain drains, and perform slough/ berm removal. This event is a very short morning session and introduction to trail stewardship, perfect for new or first time trailkeepers or veteran trail builders who are looking to brush up on their skills. Those that come with experience are very valued in bringing additional learning lessons to the group!

Trailhead & Hiking information: This is a very kid-friendly trail. It is mostly level for the entire length. The Trillium Lake Trail goes around Trillium Lake and through Trillium Lake Campground. This trail was built to be barrier free, the surface is a combination of wooden boardwalk and very finely compacted rock. The trail begins and ends at the Trillium Lake dam.

What to bring:

  • Lunch, plenty of water (1 liter) & trail snacks
  • Work gloves (extras provided by TKO)
  • Safety Glasses (extras provided by TKO)

What to wear:

  • Pack for lunch/supplies
  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools)
  • Long sleeved shirt and pants.
  • Sun shade and rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and extra safety glasses/work gloves

Directions: From Portland, travel 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 and turn south on Trillium Lake Loop Road (Forest Road 2656) (across from the Snow Bunny Snopark). Take Trillium Lake Loop Road (Forest Road 2656) for 2.5 miles, passing Trillium Lake Campground and Day Use Area turns. The road will bear right and go down to the lake’s dam. Parking is just before the dam. The trail starts at either end of the dam.

COVID-19 Procedures: TKO requires proof of vaccination or a negative test in order to participate in in-person activities. Please reach out to TKO staff person natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org for questions regarding this policy. For a complete list of Covid specific safety measures, see our TKO C-19 Safety page.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government at various times throughout history. We are privileged to volunteer on these lands & express gratitude to the descendants of these tribes for being the original stewards of this land.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target individuals or groups will not be tolerated by TKO, regardless of whether they are based on age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, geographic origin, language, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

PERSONAL SAFETY: Your physical & emotional safety is our number one priority. If a person’s actions or comments make you feel uncomfortable/unsafe – interrupt directly, tell a crew leader &/or complete the post-event survey.


Trailkeepers of Oregon


Trillium Lake Loop Trail #761
Trillium Lake Loop Trail #761
Frenchglen, OR 97028 United States
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