Special Info:

Gentle Reminders

Meeting Places

Conservation Updates

Bikes in Forest Park

General Announcements

Dues structure Change

Host Tyee

Lodge Fees Increase

Paper Blazers
Ending Soon

Nesika Status

Parking Saftey Reminder


Outings Reminder

Forest Park Future

Forest Park is facing the greatest change in its 70- year history. It needs our help.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), in agreement with Portland Parks, will be submitting a proposal to the City Council this February, 2018, that will change Forest Park’s current management. If passed, the Forest Park we know and love will never be the same.
The new proposal will change the law, and bring in thousands of new users throughout the park. Single-path cycling on narrow pedestrian trails will become an allowed use. This type of recreation has been prohibited since the creation of Forest Park, for the protection of the park’s fragile resources – its watersheds, wildlife, highly erodible soils, and unique interior forest habitat – and of its users, 90% of whom come on foot.

BPS, in conjunction with the Off Road Cycling Advisory Committee, is again asking for one final round of public comments. Even if you commented before, they are asking for your comments again, and are rerunning the survey. The comment period has been extended to Dec. 31.

To comment go to: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/73284
To see the discussioon draft and newest interactive maps: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/75206

PLEASE COMMENT by Dec. 31st!

Dues Structure Change

At the 2017 annual meeting the membership voted to simplify the club dues structure by eliminating the reduce rate for additional family members and those over 65.
We also established a charge of $25 to receive a paper Blazer by mail, to offset production costs. To clear up any confusion:

  • Life and Golden members still pay no dues.
  • All Regular members pay the same dues of $50 / year
  • Junior members pay $5 / year

All members are encouraged to send in a Dues form either by mail or via e-mail.
A downloadable version of the 2018 dues form is availalbe here.
This is a fill-able form which can be downloaded, filled in on your computer, then e-mailed or printed and mailed with your dues check.
Memebers can also pay dues on-line via PayPal here.

Memebers can also pay dues on-line via PayPal here.

Host Tyee

Winter is upon us and are are looking for people to host Tyee lodge during the winter weekends. Snow is already here, so claim your weekend before it is gone.
contact the Tyee winter coordinator Mya White at TyeeWinter@trailsclub.org . to request a weekend.

Lodge Fees Increase

Lodge fees have not changed since 2008 while the cost of just about everything needed to run the lodges has increased. In order to better cover lodge expenses, and balance the TCO budget, lodge and meal fees will be increasing effective May 1, 2017.

In the new fee structure guests will pay $10 more than members. This encourages lodge guests to become members, which strengthens our club as a whole.

It is still extremely affordable to stay at one of our amazing lodges. The new rates are comparable to similar facilities. In comparison, our Boy Scout neighbors currently charge $20 a night and Mazamas charge affiliates $22.

Trails Club lodge fees (as of May 1, 2017):

New rate  Increase
Jr Members $10.00 $5.00
Member's Teen Child (12-17) $15.00 $5.00
Member's Child (under 12) $5.00 $0.00
Member Family Cap $40.00 $10.00
Adult Guest (age 12+) $25.00 $10.00
Guest's Child (under 12) $10.00 $5.00
Guest Family Cap $60.00. $20.00
Day use Fee $3.00 $1.00
Minimum Lodge Fees (per night)
Nesika / Tyee (May - Oct)$35.00  
Tyee lodge (Nov - April) $75.00 $25.00
Standard meal charges:
Breakfast $5.00 $2.00
Lunch $7.00 $2.00
Dinner $8.00 $1.00

TCO Board of Trustees

Paper Trail Blazer Phase Out

The board has decided to begin to phase out paper copies of the Trail Blazer. We are doing this to reduce the dead tree impact and save the club money on printing and mailing.
The process will proceed throughout the year as follows:

1) Starting with the July 2017 Issue we will send paper copies only to those members that have specifically requested paper copies. This will be an opt-in process, rather than the opt-out process we have been using for e-blazers. If we do not hear from you by June 30, 2017, the paper will stop comming, and you will get your blazer, electronically, off the TCO web site.

2) Members requesting paper will continue to get paper copies, at no charge, through the end of 2017. Starting in January 2018 There will be an additional charge of $25 for paper copies.

There are still some details to work about about the transistion but this is our working plan. We expect this to save us several thousand dollars this year.

To request a paper Blazer, please send an e-mail to: membership@trailsclub.org .
Please include your name and a request to receive a paper Blazer (start by clicking the link).

Nesika Status

The road to Nesika is closed until further notice due to the Eagle Creek fire.

Reminder: Access is from Larch Mt. Road only due to impassable damage to lower Palmer mill road.

Parking Safety Reminder

We advise hikers, Skiers, and Snowshoers to carefully secure their cars while parking at our Park and Ride locations and at trail heads before hikes. Leave your car empty looking and uninviting.
Submitted by: Trips Committee Chair


The Board has reaffirmed the Trails Club policy that all outings must be approved by the Trips Committee before they are published on the web site or in the Blazer. Outings are defined as any multi-day trip except for backpack or bicycle trips, which are approved by the individual activity committees within the Trips Committee. Please contact Susan Saul at (360) 892-5643 or sunr1s3cr33k@gmail.com regarding your outing proposal.

See the Outings Page for Outings policies and forms

Blazer Contact Info.:

Blazer Newsletter:
Send write-ups to: Blazer at trailsclub.org
Philip Crosby
12401 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
503 636-1853

Please use the following format:
Month Day (Day of week) Event Title - Class A,B,C
Description Text - Please include distance, elevation change, and round trip driving distance.
Do not capitalize full words, lines or sentences for emphasis
Day trip descriptions should be under 100 words.
Depart: Meeting place, with address if possible, and departure time
Leader: Name Phone and/or email.

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