Special Info:

Gentle Reminders

Meeting Places

Conservation Updates

Bikes in Forest Park

General Announcements

Board meeting
date change

Trails Club 2017
Annual Banquet

Wed Evening Hikes

Waespe Nominations

Paper Blazers
Ending Soon

Tyee Ready

Nesika Road Status

Parking Saftey Reminder


Outings Reminder

North Cascades NP
July 22-29


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. 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.

To reserve tickets please mail in checks for tickets to:
Trails Club of Oregon
PO Box 69061
Portland, OR 97239

Wednesday Evening Hikes

Fellow TCO hikers:

I enthusiastically invite you to join our Wednesday evening hikes. Our weekly schedule resumes in April and we need PARTICIPANTS and LEADERS to sustain this activity which has promoted hiking fitness and camaraderie for nearly 20 years! We post the schedule in the Blazer, on the TCO website and on Meet Up.

For the past 2 years, we have scheduled 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)

Currently, our group needs 3-4 "A" hike leaders who are available to lead no more than once per month. Due to a lack of "A" leaders, ONLY "B" LEVEL HIKES are scheduled in April.

The Wednesday evening hikes were organized in the 1990s by dedicated TCO hikers who wished to improve conditioning for weekend hiking. The strong leader roster meant leaders could expect to lead about once per month.
We hope that TCO members will step up to continue this tradition of mid-week hiking and, importantly, to volunteer for the 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

Henry Waespe Award Nominations

Trails Club Members:

It is time for 2017 Henry Waespe Award nominations. I encourage all of you to take a moment to send in your nomination for the Club member that you feel has been of most service to the organization.

Please e-mail your nominee's name along with the reason(s) for your nomination to:

The deadline for submission is March 15, 2017.

Thank you,
Pamela Moore
President, Trails Club of Oregon

About the Award:
Henry Waespe Distinguished Service Award

The highest honor the Trails Club can bestow is the Henry Waespe Distinguished Service Award. This recognition is given to an individual who has served the Club both well and long. It is given not for a single achievement, but for a record of service to the Club in various capacities. It remembers Henry Waespe, who spent almost a lifetime serving the Club he loved.

About Henry Waespe:
Henry Waespe was an early member of the Trails Club, serving as President in 1950. Waespe participated in building the Eagle Creek and Salmon River Trails, as well as the rock wall at Bickel's viewpoint near Nesika Lodge. This wall bears a plaque with his name and overlooks Waespe Point.

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 Ready for Winter

Update 11/11/16

Tyee lodge is all ready for the winter season.
The old underground oil tank has been replaced by two tanks inside the wood room and the whole system filled, up, and running.

No significant amount oil was found under the old tank, and no large holes were found in the tank, although there were small pinholes, an indication it was time for the tank to be taken out of service.

Evaluation of the amount of oil leaked continues. Some samples were taken through the floor in the basement to check for oil there. Analysis is in progress.

Giant Kudos to Chaz Shaw, who stepped in early as the Tyee chair and has been spear-heading solutions to the problem. Also Many thanks to Richard Gaunt, Charles Addams, and Bill Yandon,who have taken over when Chaz needed to be gone. This has been a very urgent and complex issue involving the Contractor, USFS, Oregon DEQ. These folks have done an excellet job of making this happen .

Nesika Road Status

Some work has been done on the road to improve some of the soft spots. Be aware there may be sections with new gravel above the green gate.

The road to Nesika will be closed for the winter months soon depending on the weather. The road can be very slippery when it is wet and just plain dangerous if there is any ice present. We recommend that members do not travel the road into Nesika below the green gate during the wet and cold winter months unless conditions are unusually dry and warm.

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

Parking Saftey Reminder

We advise hikers, Skiiers, and Snowshoers to carefully secure their cars while parking at our Park and Ride locations and at trailheads 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 website 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

North Cascades National Park Outing

July 22-29, 2017

Plans are underway for a car camp trip to the North Cascades National Park next July 22 - 29. Lots of A and B level possibility hikes. More details soon.
Leaders Brian Carlson and Greg Baker.

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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