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TKU New School: Trail Design Lab – Day 2 – Central Coast

July 2 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

We’ll be learning how to take a trail design from concept to flag line. This event will include both classroom and field work.

Instructor: Steve K.

Max Class Size: 16

Hike Distance: <1.5 miles

Elevation Gain: <100 feet

Hike Intensity: Easy to Moderate (off-trail)

Work Intensity: Low

Work Type: Classroom and trail corridor clearing for final alignment


Project Information:

Day 2 we will spend a morning session in a classroom setting at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse Interpretive Center and the afternoon outdoors practicing hands on skills for a new trail connection between the interpretive center and other facilities. Schedule each day is 9AM-3:30PM.

Student Outcomes:

  • Introduce Ready, Set, Plan! An Introductory Guide to Trails Planning and Development, sponsored by Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
  • Introduce cornerstones of Forest Service trail management: Trail Type, Trail Class, Managed Use, Designed Use, and Trail Design Parameters
  • Understanding control points: using maps with points of interest and areas to avoid that detail LIDAR/hillshade, 5-foot & 10-foot contours and buffers
  • Using different materials and instruments in field reconnaissance – Mobile GIS apps, surveyors tape, pin flags, compass/clinometer, and tape measure/measuring wheel

Advanced Topics:

  • Universal design, accessibility, sustainability and structures on trails
  • Trail surfacing and structures on trails
  • Stacked loop systems and shared use considerations for mountain bikers and equestrians


Hiking information:

Our field time will be spent flagging a proposed realignment of a trail at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and additional locations in the region. Since we’re flagging new trail, we’ll be hiking on uneven, sometimes steep, ground in potentially wet weather.

You should plan to participate in this training event for its entirety. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early.

Event details:

Detailed event information, including directions to the meeting location, will be provided to registrants via email 48 hours prior to the event. If you’re volunteering for the first time, read this blog by a volunteer to know what to expect at your first trail party.

What to bring:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks/lunch
  • Work 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
  • TKO provides all tools and personal protective equipment (hard hats, gloves, glasses)
  • 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:

  • Boots (Please wear something sturdy that will protect your toes from sharp tools. Tennis shoes are not recommended. Open-toed shoes will not be allowed.)
  • Long sleeved shirts and pants
  • Rain gear, insulating layers, sun protection, etc. as appropriate for the weather

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: TKO recognizes that the trails we work on travel through the traditional lands of many Indigenous tribes and communities. We are the most recent in a long line of stewards to this land, and it is our responsibility to do so with humility and respect. We are grateful to these tribes and their descendants for being the original and continuing stewards of these spaces, and encourage everyone to go beyond a land ackowledgment by supporting Indigenous communities and organizations in your area.

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 our events, we do support those who choose to mask 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.


Yaquina Head Lighthouse
750 Northwest Lighthouse Drive
Newport, OR 97365 United States
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