Rebuilding Reynolds Shelter

Dates: TBD

A meaningful project for the Umpqua National Forest is to rebuild Reynolds Shelter. It was located on Reynolds Ridge in the Umpqua National Forest and was used by hunters and backpackers for almost a century. It starts with its history: It was built by CCC in the 1930ies, but was burnt by human error in 2018. Thanks to the local community, we procured materials for building it and prepared shakes from shake bolts on October 23, 2021. About 20 people have shown up to participate in this exciting working party! The oldest one was an 81-year old Army veteran who kept up with people half his age!

The project will last for about a week. You could join us any time and for as long as you can (from one day to one week). We need your pre-registration because parking lots are limited, and you will receive a short confirmation. A Navy veteran, who is also a U.S. Forest Service retiree is leading this project and he brings in a wealth of hands-on experience in woodworking. You can camp there, so please bring your camping gear. There will be work for different abilities: Work will include heavy labor (beam work and building with large timbers) and light labor (installing shakes and cleanup). Kids age 7+ are welcome under the supervision of adults. Otherwise, no other age restrictions. During this project, you will reap the benefits of learning traditional construction techniques that are almost forgotten and in addition to this, you will experience the healing power of nature with awe-inspiring views. This one is going to be awesome!

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Lininger by email at or phone 541-580-5655.

What you need to bring

Tent, camping, and sleeping gear

BYO gloves

Water and water filters

Food and snacks

What you need to wear

Hiking boots (closed-toed shoes), the whole area is on uneven terrain

Long pants

T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts


Masks are optional.

Pre-registration is required.