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TCO Address Change

Larch Mountain Trail

Dues structure Change

Host Tyee

Lodge Fees Increase

Paper Blazers

Nesika Status

Parking Saftey Reminder

Outings:

Outings Reminder


TCO Address Change

We have had the change the official Trails club address again. The location of our PO box had a fire that eliminated the PO box loction, requiring us to get a new box elsewhere.
The new club address is:
Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 67095
Portland, OR 97268


Larch Mountain Trail

USFS has examined and photographed the Larch Mountain Trail as far as Wahkeena Trail. It looks pretty trashed. See the reports via the links below.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569551.pdf
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd569553.pdf


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 available 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
Members$15.00$5.00
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

As of the beginning of 2018 there is a subscription fee for a paper Trail Blazer. During the first part of the year we have been making the transistion, continuing paper Blazers to those that requested them in 2017 until the dues cycle is complete. As of the May edition only those that have paid for paper will continue to receive a paper Blazer by UI mail.

If you think you should be getting a paper copy and are not, or 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).
A paper Blazer subscription is $25 / yr.

Electronic versions of the Trial Blazer are available at http://www.trailsclub.org/members/blazers.html

TCO Publications


Nesika Status

The road to Nesika is closed until further notice due to the Eagle Creek fire.
We have a special access permit for work trips, but only those registered for the trip can enter the area and only at specific times. See work trip events on the monthly pages for details.

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


OUTINGS REMINDER

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
or
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.

Trails Club of Oregon's Web site:
Send pictures, new events or corrections to the Webmaster at trailsclub.org