Punchbowl Falls Trail Building August 12

Next Trail Building Work Party Saturday August 12, 9 am to 3 pm

Punchbowl Falls County Park near Hood River is a new park that opened in 2015. We will be working on the upper of the 1-mile loop continuing the trail that was partially built by TKO volunteers last year. Work will involve new trail development along a 1.2 mile of planned trail that loops away from the riverside, back through the forested section to connect to the parking and main trailhead. We’ve made ample progress on brushing out the trail corridor, now the time has come to start in on the trail tread. Come to 5 sessions and you earn a personalized hardhat like mega-volunteer Chuck Gehling and our director Heather Staten. Sign up for events on the TKO website http://www.trailkeepersoforegon.org/events/ so that we can ensure plenty of tools are available.

Next Trail Building Work Party Saturday June 24 9 am to 3 pm at Punchbowl Falls County Park

What can a few hardy volunteers and a truckload of tools accomplish on a rainy Saturday? A brand-new viewpoint trail to an overlook of beautiful Dead Point Falls, located at the new Punchbowl Falls Park, near Hood River! The trail shown in red on the map at the bottom of this post is now open for anyone to use with trail signage and a few other improvements still to come.

Next step? The Dogwood Trail, which is planned for completion this summer, in time for the striking fall colors in the area. Come out and help our friends from Trailkeepers of Oregon build this beautiful trail on June 24th from 9 am to 3 pm.  All equipment and training is provided — no particular skills are required, either. If you’ve worked in your yard or garden with hand tools, then you’ll do just fine building trail! Volunteers simply meet up at the project trailhead. Sign up for events on the TKO website http://www.trailkeepersoforegon.org/events/ so that we can ensure plenty of tools are available.

Pack a lunch and water, wear long pants and long sleeves and bring a pair of work gloves — and be prepared to get a little dirty. You’ll meet some great folks and come away with a really good feeling of helping bring this new park to life.