Covering Washington, Oregon & British Columbia
1/7 Setting a Trail Marker on the Oregon Trail
2/7 Confirming Oregon Trail in the Blue Mountain
3/7 Blue Mountain trees growing in the trail
4/7 2013 Pre-convention Tour west of Pendleton
5/7 Swale at Echo Meadows
6/7 Applegate trail marking near Lower Klamath Lake
7/7 Applegate trail in Willamette Valley
Many of our members are descendents or know descendents of trail pioneers although many don't have these connections. We strive to preserve our heritage. Some of the more notable NW sites along the trails are the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, ruts near Echo, Barlow Road, Blue Mountains, Whitman Mission, the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, and the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City. There is more to see on the Applegate Trail (the Southern Route to Oregon). Our chapter is deeply involved with researching, mapping, and marking the historic trails. We have semi-annual tours which are open to the public of sections of the trails. Please join us - it's fun.
The mission of the Northwest chapter of OCTA is to support and initiate local efforts using private and governmental partners and to join with adjacent chapters in support of the national association efforts in identifying, preserving, protecting and educating the public about the Oregon Trail and California Overland Trail legacy.
New Resource: Northwest Trail Isssues
If you scroll down to the Resources Section, you will see a new section titled "Northwest Trail Issues". This section will be used to address current issues of importance to the Northwest Chapter.
Of immediate concern is the proposed transmission line from Boardman to Hemingway. This line will severely impact the Oregon Trail.
This issue was discussed in detail during the NW OCTA Annual Chapter Meeting on March 14. A resolution was passed protesting the proposed route. This was sent as a comment to BLM.
Several chapter members sent comments as individuals.
The comment period is over, as of March 19.
Please read the Issues section for details.
2016 Chapter Leadership
Below is a list of OCTA Northwest members holding elected and appointed positions with the chapter. Additional information will soon be available in the link below.
- President: Rich Herman
- Vice President: Paul Massee
- Secretary: Polly Jackson
- Treasurer: Glenn Harrison
- Directors: Lynne Alvord
- Directors: Ray Egan
- Directors: Lorna Waltz
2016 Chapter Outings and Activities
Paul Massee, NW OCTA Vice President and Outings Coordinator has provided the following information about NW OCTA chapter outings this year.
We have interest already on the June driving tour of the Devil's Backbone on Marmot road & Sandy museum, the Hilgard to Meacham 3 day outing in July and The Lavender Festival in early July. There's room for more at each outing.
JUNE 11/12-----Driving Tour starting in Sandy, OR at their museum, then to Brightwood and back to Sandy via Marmot Road and the Devil's Backbone with viewing ruts and Tollgate #2 site. Contact: Henry Pittock.
JUNE 24/26-----An OHTAC outing to Baker City, OR to visit sites on the Oregon Trail affected by the proposed B2H transmission line project. Contact: Glenn Harrison
JULY ?-----South end of Hix Road through Tygh Valley ending at the Davis Ranch west of Wamic. The Klamath road to Tygh V., then Barlow road to the eastern border of. Mt. Hood National Forest. Contact: Paul Massee
JULY 9/10-----The Lavender Farm and Lavender Festival east of Oregon City. We will examine Barlow Road ruts and possibly set some Carsonite markers next door to the Lavender Farm. Contact Henry Pittock for details.
JULY 23/24-----Hilgard to Meacham to see pristine Oregon Trail ruts and swales while setting new or cleaning old carsonite markers in the Blue Mountains near la Grande, OR. Contact: Gail Carbiener
SEPT. 16/26-----OHTAC outing to examine the Oregon Trail between Hermiston and Umatilla OR. Contact: Glenn Harrison
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Explore the Cowlitz Pass
Shortly after Ezra Meeker completed his ambitious 1906 expedition to preserve the Old Oregon Trail the Daughters of the American Revolution approved a proposal to honor the memory of Oregon Trail pioneers in Washington State. The Sons of the American Revolution give support to DAR’s program.
Explore the Naches Pass
The Naches Trail crosses the Cascade Range through Naches Pass, roughly from today's Bonney Lake in the west to Yakima in the east. Later the name was applied to the route from Walla Walla to Steilacoom, as an extension of the Oregon Trail.
Finding the Free Emigrant Road
Find the "Free Emigrant Road" from an easy chair!
Read about things you never knew existed!
This section will address current issues of importance to the Northwest Chapter. Of immediate concern is the proposed transmission line from Boardman to Hemingway. This line will severely impact the Oregon Trail
Northwest Trails is the newsletter for the Northwest Chapter. It is published quarterly (January, April, July, October) in electronic and print versions.
The handbook provides by-laws other governing information for the chapter.
Since 2000, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center has honored individuals that have made significant contributions to trail history.