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New rail was unveiled July 29 and connects upper and lower sections of Milo McIver State Park

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Leaders from Milo McIver State Park and Trailkeepers of Oregon discuss a recently completed trail during a dedication event on Saturday, July 29.

A new trail at Milo McIver Park was unveiled last weekend.

The nonprofit group Trailkeepers of Oregon led work on the new half mile trail, which begins near the state park's viewpoint station and connects the upper and lower areas of park.

"It's the only trail that connects the upper and lower sections of the park," said Elaine Keavney, a volunteer crew leader and board member of Trailkeepers of Oregon.

The trail was presented to hikers at an event on Saturday, July 29. In addition to volunteers with Trailkeepers of Oregon, park staff, AntFarm, AmeriCorps members and Clackamas County inmate crews. Volunteers spent 40 work days over the past year on the trail.

It was noted that the trail that this one replaces used to flood out nearly every year.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A variety of greenery can be seen along the recently completed trail at Milo McIver State Park.

"This trail is more sustainable," Keavney said. "It has the right kind of drainage, and it's all gravel, which makes the surface more sustainable. There are logs on the side of hill so nothing will slide."

She added that this past winter was perfect time to build the trail.

"There were a lot of wet and muddy days," she said. "We know what the trail will do in the worst conditions."

Keavney described the trail as a "nice, gradual uphill" walk surrounded by a variety of greenery.

"It will be a trail for all seasons," she said. "There are trees during the fall, foliage during summer, and during winter it will be clear enough to see the mountain."

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