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Outing Preview: August 16th Palomar Pipeline Clackamas Crossing

On Wednesday, Chapter director Brian Pasko, LNG intern Rose Vickery, and Columbia Riverkeeper conservation director Dan Serres headed out to the Clackamas Riverside Trail. We were scouting the trail for the outing, scheduled August 16th, and were blown away by the disregard NW Natural and affiliates are showing for this area.

A few of the trees that lie directly in the pipeline's path.

A few of the trees that lie directly in the pipeline's path.

This amazing patch of forest sits on the new route of the proposed Palomar pipeline. In other words, these stunningly beautiful, amazingly large Douglas firs and hemlocks could be replaced by a 120 foot wide, 47 mile long clear-cut through the heart of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

If you’re passionate about Mount Hood, or curious about Liquefied Natural Gas, this is the hike for you. Join Brian Pasko, Rose Vickery, and Sierra Club anti-LNG organizers for a day hike to the proposed crossing point for the wild & scenic Clackamas River. Click here to see photos.

We’ll walk to the crossing point, complete with magnificent old-growth Douglas firs, and then eat lunch by the river while we discuss the impacts that the Palomar Pipeline would have on this area, and what you can do to help the Sierra Club stop the pipeline!

Approaching a survey marker for the pipeline's proposed route

Approaching a survey marker for the pipeline's proposed route

Bring swimwear and water shoes if you are interested in swimming opportunities in the Clackamas River. Well behaved dogs are allowed on this hike with the permission of the outings leader.

For those coming from the Portland area: We will meet at the Sierra Club Office (1821 SE Ankeny) to carpool at 10 am. Please bring plenty of water and a bag lunch.

For those coming from parts East: We will be hiking out from the Clackamas Riverside Trailhead on Sunday, at about 11:30 am. If you would like to see another area impacted by the Palomar Pipeline while on your way, Timothy Lake abuts the Pacific Crest Trail at the point where the Palomar Pipeline would cross this iconic trail, and is a good spot to camp! Hope to see you there.

To pre-register, or if you’ve got questions, contact Rose Vickery: rose.vickery@oregon.sierraclub.org or (203) 889-8157.