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History of the Riverside Trail?
11/04/2017 - 5:10 pm
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I hiked the Riverside Trail on the 24th and it was lovely. Great fall color! The river was really raging too, since we had that torrential rain a few days prior. 

I'm curious if anyone knows the history of this trail and how it became a National Recreation Trail? It isn't on the 1963 Mt. Hood National Forest map, but is on the 1966 map, so presumably it was built sometime in that three year span. 

Rob Williams
11/05/2017 - 1:46 pm
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I don't know how it became a national recreation trail, but I believe I heard that the trail was built by Rondy (Howard Rondthaler) using fire crews when they weren't busy fighting fires, or training.  I can't remember if I heard that from his daughters or from the gentleman (I've forgotten his name - Lloyd?) at the Mt Hood Museum.  Kind of a project to keep them busy.

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