2020 Meetings will be at Pringle Hall, 606 Church Street SE, Salem OR, at 7pm on Tuesday, Jan. 14; Tuesday, Feb. 11; and Tuesday, Mar. 10.


Canmore Ski Trip
This is a multiday trip to one of the most scenic areas of the Canadian Rockies.  Skiing is at its best later in the winter when we are going since the major storms have past but it is still well below freezing to keep the snow dry for good skiing.  All types of skiing ,back country trail, groomed nordic and downhill are just a short drive away from our base location in Canmore (about and hour drive west of Calgary if you fly rather than drive).  The local groomed Nordic area, almost within walking distance from condo, offers plenty of challenging trails since it was built for Olympic ski competition. We will spend four nights in Canmore and then one night in northern Idaho for the drive up and another night for the drive back to Salem.  Condo type units where we are staying have small but complete kitchens. Both grocery stores and restaurants are numerous in Canmore.  At this point one condo is full with four people and another condo can be reserved if we get three or four more participants.  For some of us this will be our third or fourth time to Canmore so we think it is well worth the trip for the skiing and the scenery.  Leaving Salem on 3/29, returning to Salem on 4/4.  Call for more details if you are interested  Craig Wojcik  503xx931xx2705.

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  1. Whitewater Trail #3429 reopens for first time since July 2017

    Detroit, Oregon, July 31, 2019 – The Willamette National Forest will be reopening the Whitewater trail #3429 for the first time since the fire in July 2017. The Whitewater Trail is located around 70 miles southeast of Salem and is one of the most popular routes to Jefferson Park. In 2017, the Whitewater Fire grew to over 14,000 acres leading to evacuations and the closure of several trails in the area.

    “This closure was slated to run through the end of August, so we are grateful for all the work to open it earlier,” said Detroit District Ranger Dave Halemeier. “Crews have worked hard to reduce hazards within the area, but we remind visitors that hazards still exist, including along the margin of the road.”

    Visitors may want to come during nonpeak days for a more enjoyable experience and
    are reminded to practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as staying on trail. Parking is limited at the trailhead. Fire impacted areas are more fragile which makes the ground more susceptible to erosion. Additionally, visitors should check local fire restrictions as we get into the drier and hotter parts of the summer. Make sure all campfires are out and cold before leaving.

    Visit for current trails conditions. Visit to view the burn severity map of the Whitewater trail.


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