Special Info:

Gentle Reminders

Meeting Places

Conservation Updates

Bikes in Forest Park

General Announcements

Board meeting
date change

Trails Club 2017
Annual Banquet

lodge Fees Increase

Wed Evening Hikes

Paper Blazers
Ending Soon

Tyee Status

Nesika Status

Parking Saftey Reminder


Outings Reminder


Board meeting dates changed

Due to room schedule conflicts, the TCO board meetings have been moved to the first Monday of each month beginning April 2017. Certain First Modays are problematic (July 3, Labor day) so watch the calendar for exceptions.
Meetings will continue to be held at the Mazama Mountaineering Center at 7 PM.

Trails Club 2017 Annual Banquet

Sunday May 7, Starting at 4:30 PM
Location: Ernesto's Italian Restaurant,
8544 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR 97225.

Ticket price is $35 per person.

We are excited to be offering great food, great company, great speakers and even opportunities to learn something about history of the Club. We want to highlight the recent achievements of our members and thank our volunteers for their much appreciated service. Show up to support the club and each other in our great adventures! Find people to go out and adventure with!

By popular demand we will also be holding a silent auction. Please contact Susan Ashenfelter via email at SocialChair@trailsclub.org if you have an item to donate for this very fun auction, the proceeds of which will go to building maintenance for the Trails Club. Somebody's lightly used gear, items of interest, art or plants may become your treasure!

Social time begins at 4:30pm, Dinner will be offered at 5 pm and speakers will begin at 6 pm. Tea, coffee and a no-host bar with beer and wine will be provided. Please RSVP by April 28th. If you would like to take advantage of gluten -free options offered please RSVP by April 21st.

There are several ways to order tickets:

To reserve via Meetup Click Here.

To order via PayPal on the TCO site Click Here.

To reserve tickets by mail send a check for tickets to:
Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 69061
Portland, OR 97239

Please Include the names of the attendees.

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

Wednesday Evening Hikes

updated 4/12/17

Fellow TCO hikers:

The Trails Club’s weekly Wednesday evening conditioning hikes resumed in April and we invite your participation to sustain this activity which has promoted hiking fitness and camaraderie for nearly 20 years!

Because several volunteers generously answered my call for hike leaders, our May schedule offers two hike choices:
A level hikes to accommodate new hikers and those who prefer a slower pace (4-5 miles, less elevation gain) and
B level hikes (5-6 miles, 800-1000 feet elevation gain)

We hope that TCO members will join us to sustain this tradition of mid-week hiking and consider volunteering for our leader roster. I will be happy to answer questions about our hikes and help with orientation for new leaders. See you on the trails!

Catherine Schiedler catherineschied@gmail.com

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).

Tyee Status

Update 4/5/17

Tyee lodge has nearly completed the first winter season with the new oil tanks. The oil capacity has proved to be a bit close to the demand, so lower lodge temperatures and electric heaters have been used to stretch our fuel supply. As of the end of March there was just under 1/4 left, so unless there is a lot of use in April and May, we should be OK until we can get a refill this spring.

There has been some water in the basement during heavy rains this spring. Water seems to be coming in through the wood chute. We have been cleaning it up with a mop or shop vac when there are people at the lodge.

Nesika Status

The road to Nesika has not been opened for the season yet. As of mid March there were still sections with significant snow cover. The Nesika crew will be doing an assessment and initial clearing early in April.

At this time the April work trip is cancelled anticipating continued snow cover.

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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