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TKO’s 16th Anniversary – Old Vista Ridge Trail Party

July 29 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join TKO as we re-visit the site of our first ever trail party, 16 years later!

Crew Leader:  Steve Kruger

Hike Distance:  Up to 4 miles

Elevation Gain: up to 450’

Hike Intensity: Easy

Work Intensity: Easy

Overview:  Old Vista Ridge Trail #626A has been brought back to life over the course of TKO’s history. It was at this trail in 2007 that we pulled out our garden tools and found the inspiration to build a nonprofit for hiking trails. As parking is limited at the trailhead, we will be encouraging car-pooling.

Project description: After a safety briefing and tool talk, we will hike to brushing and tread section along the trail, clearing logs, cutting back brush, improve eroded sections, and improve drainage

Hiking information: We will start our trail service where the first bit of trail needs attention, heading out to Owl Point by lunchtime. Total hiking distance will depend on the amount of trail we are able to clear, but should not exceed 4 miles.

What to bring:

  • Plenty of water
  • Lunch + snacks
  • Gloves if you have them (loaner gloves available)
  • Any medications or emergency supplies you may need
  • Sunscreen + insect repellent
  • A pack to bring all of this with you on trail
  • Need gear? TKO has clothes, boots, camping gear, and more available for loan. Reach out to volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org to let us know how we can help!

What to wear:

  • Hiking or work boots are strongly recommended. (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. Open toed shoes will not be allowed.)
  • Work gloves (loaner gloves available)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Rain gear as appropriate for the weather
  • TKO will supply hard hats and safety glasses

Directions to Vista Ridge Trailhead (there’s no cell coverage, plan before you go!):

From Zigzag: drive about 10.5 miles north on Lolo Pass Road to Lolo Pass and take the second right onto gravel FS 18, which is signed for Lost Lake. After 5.5 miles of gravel the pavement resumes, and 5 miles beyond that (a total of 10.5 miles from Lolo Pass) make a sharp right onto paved FS 16, where a sign points to Vista Ridge Trail #626. 

From Hood River: Follow Tucker Road and Dee Highway to the old mill site at Dee. Fork right onto the Lost Lake Highway, and follow signs to Lost Lake at various twists and turns through orchards and forest. Turn left onto paved Lolo Pass Road, drop to a crossing of the West Fork Hood River, then climb to the junction with paved FS 16. Turn left here.

Once on FS 16 from the Lolo Pass Road junction, drive 5.4 miles on paved FS 16. Then turn sharply right at a very large intersection onto gravel FS 1650. Stay left at an unmarked junction at about 3 miles, and park along the shoulder just beyond this junction. The trailhead is a scenic 15 minute walk from here. Coordinates: 45.443267, -121.729225

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes and communities. In every corner of what we now call Oregon, these people were forced to cede their land, their home, to the US government. We are privileged to be here today and we express gratitude to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces.

ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS: TKO seeks to make our events inclusive of people of all backgrounds and abilities. If you would like to discuss potential accommodations to allow for your participation in this event, please click here to complete a short Google survey. TKO staff will then contact you to discuss options. Please note: available accommodations will vary by event and typically need to be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. If you have any questions, please contact TKO Stewardship Manager Lindsay McIntosh-Tolle at lindsay.mcintosh@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

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 or welcome in the outdoors due to issues like racism, bias, and hate. We commit to being part of the solution to this problem and to enact change. Conduct, speech, or expressions that target any individual or group 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, socioeconomic status.

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

While TKO no longer requires masking/vaccination for its events, we do support those who feel masking is necessary for their own safety. We ask participants to respect the health of folks who wear masks by distancing or wearing a mask while in close proximity.


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Vista Ridge Trailhead
Vista Ridge Trailhead #626
Mt Hood, OR 97041 United States
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