Thus far only a dozen or so people have completed the Oregon Timber Trail. There have been wildfires, clouds of mosquitos, some bad GPS tracks, thousands of downed trees, long miles without milkshakes, jobs that actually require you to show up, tires that don't hold air and at least one bout of loneliness.
For our stewardship commitment in the Willamette Tier we return to Bunchgrass Ridge. Sunny meadows, giant stands of old growth forest, and lots of hard work. Some crews will be focused on sawyer work, some on brushing, and the majority focused on improving the trail's tread.
The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance has committed to maintaining a figure-8 loop of trails that connect the Cascade Lakes area outside of Bend to Waldo Lake and Fuji Mountain. Fast flowing trails through ponderosa forests and over ancient volcanic flows. Brisk dips in your choice of lakes and work clearing downed trees as well as repairing trail tread and water crossings.
One of the most stunning sections of the OTT is also the most rugged. Fire, beetle kill, aggressive undergrowth, and loose rocky soils have ravaged the inspiring trail along Winter Rim. Our focus will be clearing the trail from blowdown, extensive brushing, and some treadwork.
This event is the fourth of our Stewardship Campouts in 2018. Expect to work hard in a stunning landscape, drink good beer and coffee, jump in cold lakes, and ride through some amazing backcountry forests and alpine meadows.
Ever gone to a trail work party and wish there was actual instruction? Us too! Taught by Kevin Rowell of the USFS, this weekend-long intensive will include both classroom learning as well as hands-on, on-trail skills development. The trail building skills class will focus on the basics of logout, brushing and tread work for backcountry trails. Participants will learn how to run safe, regulation-compliant and productive trail work events. Highly recommended for anyone looking to participate in upcoming OTT or Trans-Cascadia work events!
Sick of Mountain Pantry and Backcountry House? Wish they were about $10 cheaper? Join us for an evening clinic where we teach you to dehydrate your own ingredients, create your own delicious recipes, and eat your own meals on the trail for pennies on the dollar. We cover bulk preparation, nutritional needs, cooking methods, and adaptability.
One of our greatest identified needs to improve the experience of trail users along the Oregon Timber Trail corridor is trail maintenance. A large part of that work involves removing downed trees each season. In order to do so safely and legally with power saws on National Forest managed lands one needs to obtain a certification. This certification is the same detailed S212 course that is used nationwide to certify USFS employees, fire fighters, and anyone using saws on public lands. In 2017 the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance helped train 20 new sawyers who subsequently contributed 534 hours of volunteer labor maintaining trails on pubic lands. Thank you!
Interested in learning more about the cultural and natural history of the areas that the Oregon Timber Trail passes through? Learn about the geology that formed Winter Rim, Mount Mazama's eruption, early european settler's paths, and North America's first humans living on the shores of a giant inland sea.
One of the most difficult and most important parts of planning a trip is navigating confidently. What digital tools should you use? What preplanning needs to be done? What if something goes wrong? Are you prepared to navigate un-planned territory? Join us for a discussion about ride preparation and on the ground navigation.