Trail Stewardship

Most trail stewardship work is done through sponsored partner groups or organizations such as those listed below.  If you are new to trail maintenance, meeting up with one of these groups is a great way to get started. See the group links below for more information. Typically they welcome non-members for any trail work party.

Hiking | Equestrian | Off-Highway Vehicles | Mountain Biking

Recreational Hiking Organizations

Mazamas - founded in 1894 on the summit of Mt. Hood, is a nonprofit mountaineering education organization located in Portland, Oregon.  Mazamas offers over 700 hikes and 350 climbs annually.  Mazamas also organizes trail maintenance work. Members and non-members are welcome to join in trail tending.  

Oregon Nordic Club - Portland Chapter - This group was formed as a non-profit volunteer organization in 1968 by a handful of Nordic ski enthusiasts interested in using public lands for recreational cross-country skiing. The Portland Chapter hosts trail tending parties on the Mt. Hood NF.  Most trail tending parties involve light brushing, limbing, and the hanging of blue trail diamonds. 

Oregon Nordic Club - Teacup Lake Chapter - Teacup Lake chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, manages specifically the trails at Teacup Lake SnoPark. Volunteers maintain the trails and facilities and organize cross country ski events and races. 

Pacific Crest Trail Association - was formed to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. They have many volunteer opportunities available as well as a local Mt. Hood chapter that hosts many trail work parties. 

Trailkeepers of Oregon - The group was founded in 2007 by a group of concerned hikers who wanted to reverse the detrimental effects of trail disrepair. Volunteers with this group work on trail maintenance among other activities meant to promote ethical hiking.

Equestrian Organizations

Back Country Horsemen of Oregon (Columbia Gorge and Territorial Riders Chapters) - Local men and women dedicated to the preservation of our right to the common sense use and enjoyment of pack and saddle stock in Oregon's wilderness and backcountry. 

Oregon Equestrian Trails - Mt. Hood Chapter (OET) is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to promoting, preserving, and maintaining horse camps and trails in Oregon. The Mt. Hood Chapter meets monthly in Gresham and organizes trail maintenance parties during the summer.  

Off Highway Vehicle Organizations

4x Nation – hosts annual cleanup event at LaDee Flats on Clackamas River Ranger District. 

Columbia Gorge Power Sledders - local Snowmobile Club in Cascade Locks, Hood River, The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge.  Our volunteers groom and maintain the snowmobile trail system in the Billy Bob and Little John Sno-Parks.

Mt. Hood Snowmobile Club -  Since 1978, MHSC has been grooming the trails around designated snowmobile areas in the Mt. Hood National Forest.  

Mt. Scott Motorcycle Club - Oldest motorcycle club in the state of Oregon. Trail work parties are hosted throughout the year.

Oregon State Snowmobile Association

Mountain Bike Organizations

44 Trails - The 44 Trails Association (44Trails) is actively involved in the planning, building, maintenance and stewardship of the trails accessible from the FS44 road in Wasco and Hood River Counties and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge area. 44Trails is a non-profit 501(c)3 community service corporation, staffed entirely of volunteers and financed by membership dues, fund-raising events and donations.

International Mountain Bike Association - is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide.

Northwest Trails Alliance - To create, enhance, and protect mountain bike riding opportunities; to advocate for trail access; to promote responsible mountain biking; and to build, maintain, and ride sustainable trails.