Celebrate National Trails Day

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_stories_Community_Recreation_hikingsociety.jpgDNR sponsoring 10 volunteer events across the state.  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® by volunteering on June 1 at one of DNR’s many events throughout Washington.

DNR staff and volunteers will work together to build new trails, as well as perform maintenance on existing trails and structures. National Trails Day®was created by the American Hiking Society in 1993 to bring people together who enjoy trails and the outdoors.

 

National Trails Day Events on DNR-managed lands on Saturday, June 1:

Blanchard Forest

Where:        Blanchard Forest Block, south of Bellingham

When:         9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What:          Join a variety of groups to clean up Blanchard Forest. There is work for all skills and fitness levels.

Bring:          Work gloves, sturdy work shoes, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, personal eye protection, your favorite hand tool(s), water, and sunscreen. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Partners:    North Cascade Soaring Club, Pacific Northwest Trail Association, Skagit Chapter BCHW, Whatcom Chapter BCHW, and Whatcom Trails Cooperative.

Directions: Blanchard Forest, Lower Trailhead. From I-5 north, take Exit 240. Turn left on Samish Lake Road. Drive 0.5 miles to Barrel Springs Road. Turn left. Drive 0.6 miles to B-1000 Road. Drive 1 mile to trailhead.

Contact:      Christ Thomsen, 360-854-2860, orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail

Where:        Little Pend Oreille, near Colville

When:         9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What:          Clear trails of brush, limbs, and other debris. Replace boards on bridges. Clean out culvert headwalls and dig out or install waterbars.

Bring:          Water, lunch, gloves, hand saw, axe, shovel and appropriate riding or hiking gear.

Directions: Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail. Start from Colville at the junction of US 395 and State Hwy 20. Drive 23.9 miles east on State Hwy 20. Turn left on gravel forest road and travel 0.1 mile. Turn right on gravel forest road and travel 0.1 mile to gravel pit.

Contact:      Kyle Pomrankey, 509-685-2719, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tiger Mountain State Forest

Where:        Tiger Mountain State Forest, east of Seattle off I-90

When:         9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What:          Help construct a new non-motorized trail in East Tiger Mountain State Forest.

Bring:          Water, snacks, gloves, long pants, lunch, and appropriate gear for the weather.

Partners:    Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Directions: Tiger Summit Trailhead, lower parking area, at the summit of Highway 18.

Contact:      Sam Jarrett, 206-375-0448, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Reiter Foothills

Where:        Reiter Foothills, near Gold Bar

When:         9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

What:          Volunteers will work on ATV trails. Bring your ATV and trailer to haul rock. We will also have opportunities to use powered wheel barrows, install signs, and other activities to build trails.

Bring:          Water, snacks, gloves, long pants, lunch, and appropriate gear for the weather.

Directions: Meet at the gate on Deer Flats Mainline Road. Directions: From Gold Bar, head east on State Highway 2. Turn left on Reiter Road just outside of Gold Bar. Drive 1 mile and stay to the right at the ‘Y’ in the road. Continue on Reiter Road for another 3.1 miles. As you approach the 3.2 mile mark, you will be turning left onto a DNR forest road (commonly known as Deer Flats Road). As you approach the turn, there will be a tree with two bright orange painted dots, an arrow painted on the road with a big ‘R,’ and a DNR sign that says “Entering Reiter Foothills Forest.”

Contact:       David Way, 360-333-5741, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve

Where:        Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve, near Yakima

When:         9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What:          Help pull knapweed along the valley bottom and clean up the interpretive trail.

Bring:          Gloves, water, lunch and some small digging tools, if possible. We will have some tools available for use.

Directions:  The access road and parking lot are just off of Highway 821, south of mile marker 3. The entrance is approximately 7 miles north of Yakima or approximately 28 miles south of Ellensburg. No restroom facilities are available at the site.

Contact:      Keyna Bugner, 509-925-0906, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Yacolt Burn State Forest

Where:        Tarbell Trail, Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Vancouver

When:         8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What:          The Chinook Trail Association and volunteers will work on the Tarbell Trail between the L-1300 Road and Cold Creek Day Use Area. Help harden the trail, do drainage maintenance and brushing and, possibly, install skid resisters on puncheons.

Bring:          Wear sturdy boots or shoes and appropriate gear for the weather.

Partners:    The Chinook Trail Association

Directions:  Meet at the Cold Creek Day Use Area for a safety meeting and project assignments. From I-5, take Exit 14 (Ridgefield Exit) and follow the twisty road out of Ridgefield to the left (east on SR 501=Pioneer Street at light changes to N 65th Street then changes to S 5th Street, then hard right and changes to NE 10th Ave) to the junction with SR 502 (NE 219th Street). Turn left and follow the signs to Battleground for 5.2 miles. At the SR 502/503 junction (use the Safeway Store for a landmark), turn left (north) and travel 5.4 miles on SR 503. Turn right (east) on Rock Creek Road. Drive 2.5 miles to road junction with a large bridge over Lewis River to the right. Go straight and the road becomes NE Lucia Falls Road. Continue for 5.5 miles to Moulton Falls Park and turn right onto Sunset Falls Road. Travel 1.8 miles and turn right onto Dole Valley Road. Follow Dole Valley Road for 2.2 miles to the Tarbell Trailhead turnoff on left (L-1100 Road). Continue past the Tarbell Trailhead turn-off for another 2.5 miles. Just beyond the Rock Creek Campground is the junction of Dole Valley Road, the L-1000 and the L-1200 road (the end of the pavement).Turn right at the end of the pavement onto the L-1000 Road and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the L-1300 gate (yellow). Follow L-1300 to the end. The Cold Creek Day Use Area is at the end of the road, below the campground.

Contact:      Nick Cronquist, 360-480-2700, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Capitol State Forest

Where:        Wedekind Trail, Capitol State Forest, near Olympia

When:         9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What:          Join the Friends of Capitol Forest and DNR to replace a section of old wooden puncheons with a number of culverts and improve drainage along the trail. Help rehab the Wedekind Trail by removing fallen rocks and debris from the C-Line fire and fire fighting operations.

Bring:          Wear sturdy boots or shoes and appropriate gear for the weather.

Partners:    Friends of Capitol Forest

Directions:  Meet at the ‘Y’ on Sherman Valley Road. From I-5, take Exit 95 (WA-121 N) toward Littlerock/Maytown and drive 0.2 miles. Turn left onto WA-121 S/Maytown Road SW. Continue on Maytown Road SW for 3.1 miles. Continue onto 128th Ave SW. Go 0.8 mile. Turn right onto Waddell Creek Road SW and follow until it comes to a ‘T’ with Sherman Valley Road. The ‘Y’ is on your right.

Contact:      Nick Cronquist, 360-480-2700, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Mailbox Peak Trail

Where:        Mailbox Peak Trail, near North Bend

When:         9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What:          Join DNR and the Mountains to Sound Greenway at Mailbox Peak to continue construction of the new sustainable hiking trail. Volunteers will be returning to Mailbox Peak Trail throughout the summer to develop the new trail. Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website (http://mtsgreenway.org) for more information on this event as well as future events at the Mailbox Peak Trail.

Bring:          Volunteers must wear long pants, sturdy close-toed shoes, sleeved shirts, and gloves (provided). In addition, wear warm layers and bring rain gear, and bring snacks (we’ll provide a few as well), at least one full water bottle, and a small day pack for water and extra gear, bug spray and sunscreen.

Contact:      Visit the Mountains to Sound Greenway website to sign up for the event.

 

Nicholson Horse Trails Maintenance

Where:        Sahara Creek Campground, near Elbe

When:         8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What:          Join DNR and the Pierce County Backcountry Horsemen to do maintenance on the Nicholson Horse Trail.

Bring:          Gloves and boots (or sturdy shoes); lunch, snacks and water; and appropriate clothing for the weather. Tools will be provided. The Backcountry Horsemen will provide a late lunch at the end of the day for the trail workers. Coffee and sweets will be provided in the morning starting at 7 a.m.

Partners:    Pierce County Backcountry Horsemen

Directions: Meet at Sahara Creek Campground. From Elbe, drive east on Hwy 706 for 5 miles Turn left into Sahara Creek campground.

Contact:      Nancy Barker, 253-312-4301, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Mount Tahoma Trails Maintenance

Where:        Ashford

When:         June 1 and June 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What:          Join volunteers from Mount Tahoma Trails Association to do trail maintenance projects.

Bring:          Gloves and boots (or sturdy shoes); lunch, snacks and water; appropriate clothing for the weather. Tools will be provided. Dinner on Saturday will be provided in Ashford by the Mount Tahoma Trails Association.

Partners:    Mount Tahoma Trails Association

Directions: Meet at the Ashford Fire Station in Ashford, at 29815 Hwy 706 E.

Contact:      Nancy Barker, 253-312-4301, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Volunteers and DNR: An enduring partnership

Volunteers play a key role in keeping DNR recreation areas open and safe for the public. Volunteers help maintain trails and facilities, pick up litter, participate in work parties, provide information to visitors, alert law enforcement to any suspicious activities, and much more.

 

Each year, volunteers spend tens of thousands of hours working to improve recreation on DNR-managed lands. Many of these hours can be used as an in-kind matchwhen DNR applies for grant funding. Volunteers can also earn volunteer vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass after having put in 24 hours of work on approved projects.

 

Looking for other volunteer opportunities with DNR? Visit: www.dnr.wa.gov/volunteer.