June 4, 2016 – Strawberry Grand Parade

Come Walk and Support Build Lebanon Trails

Build Lebanon Trails invites the community to join in the 107th Annual Strawberry Festival Grand Parade on Saturday, June 4th! This year’s theme is “Strawberry Frontier”.

Join us at the staging area at the Wal-Mart parking lot around 10:30am the day of the event. The parade begins at 11:00am. We ask that you wear your BLT gear to help show support (sweatshirts, caps, BLT and event t-shirts, etc) but not required. The walk with be about three (3) miles round trip on pavement.

*Well mannered, leashed dogs are welcome. (Please make sure to pick up after your animal(s)).
*Parking and driving through town may be limited. Be prepared for detours.
*Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9eZ74EamNm52
*Bring good walking shoes.


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Are you Registered?

Are you registered for the 7th Annual Cheadle Lake 5/10K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Obstacle Dash??  http://buildlebanontrails.com/annualcheadlelake510kfunrunwalkkidsobstacledash/

We have a lot of wonderful door prizes and giveaways. This year we have a new business in Lebanon who is giving out coupons in the Goody Bag for a FREE beverage, beer, soda, cider, coffee or Ice Tea to ALL REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS. Bring your coupon and your participation bib to get your FREE beverage at Conversion Brewing on Main Street. Matt at Conversion Brewing will be opening early on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00am. This will allow all our Event Participants and volunteers to visit Conversion immediately after our event to use their free beverage ticket. Conversion Brewing is a Family Friendly location and has a great selection of non alcoholic beverages, too.

It’s not too late to register. Get registered now or on the day of the event to get a goody bag while supplies last! Lots of great specials from ALL our vendors!

Also, a quick reminder: no pets/dogs allowed at the event.

Peterson Butte Hike

Peterson Butte Hike is just around the corner (Saturday, April 9th, 2016)!!!

A few common questions:
Is there an age limit? – There is no age limit for this hike
Are pets allowed? – No pets allowed
Can we hike anytime? – No, this is private property and requires approval.
What can I do at the top? – You can bring a lunch and enjoy the view. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

Peterson’s Butte Is A Must See! and it’s time for the annual Peterson Butte Hike!
Join us on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00am for the most popular Build Lebanon Trails Hike.
The top of the butte provides some of the best views around the Valley.
Feel free to bring a lunch and eat on top of the Butte while
admiring the beauty of Lebanon and surrounding areas.
Don’t forget your camera and binoculars!!!

The hike will take around 2 hours and cover a distance of 2.5 miles with an elevation change of around 1,000 feet.
This is a more challenging hike that involves rocky surfaces and uneven footing.
Be sure to wear footwear and clothing appropriate for the conditions.
Poison oak is known to be along the route, so keep an eye out.
By request of the land-owners, please no dogs on this hike.
Kids can hike, too!

Meet on the north side of the butte; just about a mile west of the
Lebanon Airport. At the bend on Airport Road and Denny School Road, veer onto Denny School Road towards the butte.
Parking is limited; please carpool if possible!
Google Map Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ULJ18JSyexp

Look for the BLT Event signs!!

Need more information?
Phone: 541-409-1302
Web: buildlebanontrails.com

Volunteers Needed

BLT is in dire need of about 25 volunteers to help direct walkers and runners along the course at our May 7, 2016, Saturday, Cheadle Lake Fun Run and Walk.
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 am at Cheadle Lake Park off of Weirich Drive on Saturday, May 7th. Volunteers will be done by noon and maybe earlier.
Volunteers will be stationed along the event route to direct participants towards the correct direction on the course.
Are you interested in volunteering? Contact Rod Sell at 541-409-1302 or email blt@buildlebanontrails.com

March 12, 2016 with Sweet Home Trails

March 12, 2016 10am – 12pm

Build Lebanon Trails will be touring with Sweet Home Trails on their hike at Hobart Park. Hobart Park is currently under trail construction in the City of Sweet Home. This is a 60 acre park that has been adopted by the Sweet Home Rotary Club. They have been working with the city to construct the trail system. The round trip distance is about 2 miles. We will meet at Hawthorne Elementary School in Sweet Home and will be guided by the Sweet Home Trails group. The terrain is level but you will need waterproof footwear or rubber boots. We hope you enjoy the hike.

*Notes: Dress appropriately for the weather. You will need waterproof footwear.

Meet at Hawthorne Elementary School (3205 Long Street, Sweet Home, Oregon). Turn right off Hwy 20 on Clark Mill Road after Ace Hardware.

Look for the BLT Event signs!!!

Trail Development at Marks Slough

Come join Build Lebanon Trails on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00am at Marks Slough Trailhead. The Marks Slough Trail area needs to be cleared of invasive species. Come lend a hand with Build Lebanon Trails and help prepare the area for our native plantings project this spring. Meet at the Marks slough trailhead on Tennessee Road with gloves, shovels, and hoes. Put a little time into removing unwanted plants from one of the most popular trails in town. Feel free to bring friends to help Build Lebanon Trails make the most out of this one day work party.
*Notes: Dress appropriately for the weather and trail development work. May bring own tools.
Look for the BLT Event signs!!

Letter of Support Request 1/9/16

Call for Letters of Support for a Trails Grant Application

Hello Build Lebanon Trails, (BLT) Supporter.
Thank you for everything you do to help Lebanon have the best Trails, Parks and Community in Oregon.

Build Lebanon Trails (BLT) and the City of Lebanon are partnering again to bring you more new public trails. The current grant application (when awarded) will make it possible to construct over 2000 feet of new trail along the river at Riverview Park (off Mountain River Drive) to a new trailhead on River Road. The system of trails at Cheadle Lake is just across the road from River Road and the proposed new trailhead.

This project makes a critical connection between two existing paved trails. One currently runs across Riverview Park and the other along the shores of Cheadle Lake. The Cheadle Lake section extends all the way to Weirich Drive and the Strawberry Festival Site on the southside of Lebanon.

This proposed new trail is part of the growing West River Trail that will eventually be a continuous paved, off street trail between the south of town, at Weirich Drive, to the north of town at the Lebanon Hospital.

As of the writing of this letter the City is paving a new trail across Lebanon Hospital property that was funded by Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation. In January and February of this year, 2016. BLT, with the help of the City of Lebanon, is building a paved trail between the hospital and the bridge on North Williams Street. Last month (Dec 2015) a new paved trail was built between Had Irvine Park and the existing Mark’s Slough Trails that lead all the way to the South Santiam River.

BLT needs “Letters of Support” from you to show the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) that you and Build Lebanon Trails support the community and deserves a grant for this exciting project.

A letter from you can help make this important new trail a reality. It also helps BLT bring Federal grant funds back into our community. Your letter will be included with the grant application discussed below that will be submitted to OPRD on or before March 1, 2016.

Please take a few minutes to send me a “Letter of Support“.

Thank you again for your support of Build Lebanon Trails, The Community of Lebanon and the growing / proposed 50+ mile Lebanon Trail System.



Rodney Sell
Build Lebanon Trails, Board President,

Letter of Support Request


Canal Trail & River Walk – January 9th, 2016

Build Lebanon Trails – Canal Trail and River Walk
January 9, 2016 at 10am

Come join Build Lebanon Trails on Saturday, January 9th at 10:00am. We will explore current and future projects between the hospital and Marks Slough Trails. Recently the connecting trail from Had Irvine Park to Marks Slough has been paved. Depending on weather, the trail across from the hospital campus will hopefully be paved before the hike. The river portion has recently been cleared along the South Santiam River by Marks Slough.

The route will begin at the Lebanon Community Hospital in the south parking lot. We will walk along the canal to Had Irvine Park, along the Canal Trail to the existing Marks Slough Trails, walk the paved Marks Slough Trails, and then return to our starting point.

*Notes: Wear good walking shoes or hiking boots. Dress appropriately for the weather.


Meet at the South parking lot of the Lebanon Community Hospital at 525 N Santiam Hwy, Lebanon, OR 97355   Look for the BLT Event signs!!

Need more information?

Phone: 541-409-1302