Gorge Trail 400 Trail Party - Ainsworth to Ponytail Falls
Crew Leader: Riley M. Hike Distance: 1 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 100′ Hike Difficulty: Easy Work Difficulty: Easy Work Description: clearing rock, brushing and tread repair TKO will be completing trail recovery efforts along this section of Gorge Trail #400 that connects Ainsworth State Park to Horsetail Falls & Ponytail Falls. Potential cancellation: This work site does experience heavy gorge winds and is in the Fire Closure area, the crew leader may decide to cancel the trail party the day before based on weather conditions. We will not work in high winds, excessive rain/heat, or potential ice events. Volunteers are advised to check their emails the night before in case there are unanticipated trail party cancellations. Project description: We will meet in the parking lot at 8-8:30AM for a safety and tool talk and then begin our project. In general, our focus will be the final completion and polish of the tread.
Due to steep side slopes and the Historic Columbia River Highway directly below, special care will be taken not to allow any rock debris to tumble down the hill. The trail has been idle for the last year and vegetation has grown over the tread, but more trees have fallen and rock debris has covered sections of the trail. Hiking information: We can park in the Ainsworth State Park day use parking (just tot he west of the campground entrance) and hike through the 0.5 mile trail section, working on the tread as we go. The round-trip distance is about 1 miles. What to expect: This is a closed trail in the Fire Closure area. This is a wind-sheltered area so we will not directly be in any Gorge winds. There may be tripping hazards present off the trail. It may be cold, rainy, and windy so be sure to bring extra clothes, windbreakers, an extra set of gloves, and rain gear for inclement weather. A mandatory detailed safety discussion will be held before work begins. What to Bring: Lunch Plenty of water Snacks Extra gloves if you have them Safety glasses if you have them Layered clothing What to wear: Boots (tennis shoes not allowed) Sturdy work gloves (more than one pair is a good idea). Loaners are available. A light, long sleeved shirt is highly recommended Rain gear, rain is always likely Eye protection is recommended (eye glasses, safety glasses, etc.). Loaners are available. TKO will supply hard hats as needed Directions: Take I-84 east to Exit 35 Ainsworth CG. Follow the exit ramp around to the Old Columbia River Hwy US30 (about 1/4 mi) and make a left turn. Go west about 1/4 mile, passed the Ainsworth Campground entrance, and the day use area and restroom is on the left. There are open restrooms. If you have questions or concerns about the hike, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com..