Trails Club of Oregon welcomes you!
An enthusiastic Group dedicated to enjoying and preserving the great outdoors. We sponsor year-round hiking and many other recreational activities for a variety of performance levels. Many of our events are hosted at our lodges -- Nesika in the Columbia River Gorge and Tyee on Mt. Hood. Guests are welcome on all scheduled club activities.
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Nesika update 10/6/2017
Glenn Conrad made it into into Nesika Thursday with a USFS crew to inspect and get the lodge winterized.
Here is what we now know.
As we surmised from the news videos, the fire came right through the site. Most of the trees from the point to the lodge are burned and will need to be removed. We lost all the outbuildings (dorms, woodshed, toolshed, outhouses) except the generator building. However it got hot enough to deform the PVC conduit on the inside of the generator building. The state of the generator is unknown, but it was not totaled.
The main lodge is mostly intact. The roof appears to be water tight if a bit heat damaged. There are several cracked windows, but they are double pane and cracked only on the outer layer, so the windows are still weather tight.
There is fire damage all along the road from before the green gate down, but all the bridges are undamaged. The crew was able to drive AVT's to the parking lot. No serious slides yet, but we expect there to be some by spring due to the fire damage.
Plans for restoration have already started. Glenn Conrad has been appointed the chair of a Nesika Restoration committee which will focus planning critical repairs and cleanup.
We have lost both dorms and most of the equipment we have been using to operate Nesika. We know we will have to replace equipment (tractor, trailers, tools), and we will have some key facilities (water, sanitary, power) repairs to do so we have started fundraising to offset the costs. Click The Donate button below to contribute to our recovery fund that will help get Nesika Lodge back in operation.
There are a lot of pictures of Nesika, pre and post fire, on the site http://www.NesikaLodge.com
Please remember that the area is still closed to public
access because it is unsafe to be there.
Hazards such as trees and rocks made unstable by the fire which could fall causing injury or death.
If we have TCO people using their keys to enter the area we may be forced to remove our lock from the gate, so please do not be tempted to go sneek a peek until we give the all-clear. This will likely be some time next summer. Ongoing information is being posted on our Facebook group (link above).
Check out more photos under Photo Gallery