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Group rebuilds stairs on 100-yard section of Maple Ridge path at Milo McIver State Park

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - John Hilbert, Elaine Keavney and John Sparks were part of the team working on the Maple Ridge Trail at Milo McIver State Park last week.

Trailkeepers of Oregon recently finished work on a section of the Maple Ridge Trail at Milo McIver State Park.

Last week, volunteers rebuilt the stairs along a 100-yard stretch of the dirt trail that begins near the park's Maple Shelter and extends to the intersection near the E parking lot. Previously, the wooden steps were angled down, and now they are angled up to ensure that hikers do not fall.

Volunteers also widened sections of the trail.

John Hilbert, a ranger at Milo McIver State Park, described the previous Maple Ridge Trail as "unsafe and uncomfortable."

"It really needed (the work)," he said. "Now it's safer and more established."

Additionally, the lumber for the new stairs was reused from other projects.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Trailkeepers of Oregon volunteer Heidi Burns works on the Maple Ridge Trail at Milo McIver State Park.

"We haven't needed to purchase new material to have a really good outcome," said Elaine Keavney of Trailkeepers of Oregon.

Later this year, the group plans to reroute a section of the park's Vortex Trail to connect with the Viewpoint Trail and strengthen the bridge on the Maple Ridge Trail.

Trailkeepers of Oregon is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2007. Members are involved with trail maintenance and advocacy around the greater Portland area. For more information or to get involved, visit www.trailkeepersoforegon.org.