Posts tagged: Washington Trails Association
HIKING — Holly Weiler of the Spokane Mountaineers led a 20-mile day hike on the Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness on Saturday to bring her August Hike-A-Thon mileage close to 300 miles as she raised donations for the Washinton Trails Association.
Photo shows Holly and Ed Bowers about 12 miles into their day hiking down off Little Snowy Top Mountain. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington.
Why is Holly carrying such a big pack for a day hike, you ask?
Because, as usual, she's been picking up garbage along the way as she cruised through the wilderness, including lots of plastic stuff, plus empty butane fuel canisters and full freeze-dried food packages that were being chewed through by rodents in the Little Snowy Top lookout.
Note to the uninformed:
Wilderness found: The Salmo-Priest is getting plenty of attention. We counted 36 hikers including our group of three had signed in on 8-31-13 at the two Salmo Basin Trailsheads at the end of Colville National Forest Road 2220.
TRAILS — Saturday is Washington Trails Day, with groups organizing to give a little TLC to popular paths across the state.
But Sunday is another enticing day to hit a trail especially in Riverside and Mount Spokane state parks, since Aug. 4 is one of the 12 days a year designated for fee-free access to Washington State Parks. Vehicles will not be required to have a Discover Pass for access to state parks on Sunday.
The Washington Trails Association has organized volunteers to repair and improve 140 trails across the state this year, including a backpacking group that will be out this weekend on the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness of northeastern Washington.
The association's website offers a hiking guide and trip reports about current conditions that are submitted by hikers – more than 4,500 submitted in 2013 alone. WTA also offers many hiking suggestions for hikers of all abilities.
OUTDO – The Washington Trails Association is recruiting volunteers for an ambitious lineup of trail-building and maintenance projects in far Eastern Washington this season.
Every year as the budgets for parks and forests dwindle, volunteers become more important, said Jane Baker, local WTA trail crew leader in Spokane.
The work parties range for day-jobs at the Rocks of Sharon to multi-day trips in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness that combine backpacking with trail clearing.
WTA is a third of the way to meeting the 2,000-hours of work at Liberty Lake County Park the group pledged in order to get a state grant. The first of several work parties planned at Liberty Lake is set for March 16, followed by work in April, May, June and July.
Other project areas include the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, Dishman Hills, Mount Spokane and Sullivan Lake.
Info: (206_ 625-1367.
HIKING — Reports of aggressive mountain goats have forced rangers once again to close some trails in Olympic National Park, where a hiker was gored and killed by a goat two years ago.
Hikers can play a role in preventing these otherwise docile creatures from becoming dangerous in their high-country habitat. Here are guidelines posted by the Washington Trails Association:
“If the goat wants the trail, give the goat the trail,” Nancy Jones, a Visitor Services Specialist with the Cle Elum Ranger District, told WTA last year. “Back off. Give the goat the right-of-way. Go the other way.”
TRAILS – Trails at Liberty Lake, Mount Spokane and the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled for rerouting or maintenance projects by the Washington Trails Association in the next few weeks.
The most ambitious project involves work near a popular waterfall to make the Liberty Lake County Park natural area trail safer and more sustainable.
All of the work is done by volunteers led by trained WTA leaders. Some businesses, such as Itron, have encouraged employees to volunteer on specific days, said Jane Baker, WTA leader in Spokane.
Liberty Lake work dates are Sept. 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 27, 29 and Oct. 11, 13 and 14.
Mount Spokane projects are underway this weekend with more set for Sept. 15-16.
Little Pend Oreille Refuge work is set for Sept. 22-23.
Sign-up online or call (206) 625-1367.
COUNTY PARKS — The long-awaited trailhead parking area on the south side of the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area in Spokane Valley will be open to public access Friday at 3 p.m., said Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner.
Heavy equipment is still working at the site accessible from the Palouse Highway near the end of Stevens Creek Road. County Parks will be hydro-seeding, putting up signs and doing other touch-up worth at the parking area through fall, Knowles said.
The Big Rock area, adjacent to the Iller Creek Conservation Area, is prized by rock climbers and hikers. It's been secured by the county through a series of deals and purchases with help from the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
The new parking area is designed to handle school buses. It will accommodate about 30 passenger vehicles if parked in an organized fashion.
Notable restrictions include:
See a map of hiking trails accessible from Stevens Creek or from the north side Holman Road access to Iller Creek.
HIKING — A Washington nudist park north of Spokane is celebrating National Trails Day June 2 with a clothing optional hike.
Kaniksu Ranch Family Nudist Park near Loon Lake, WA will host the hike Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. in its 260-acre forest. The park, run by members, welcomes everyone. The group says it's family oriented, although unless the kids are still learning to walk, it doesn't take four hours to hike 260 acres.
“The Inland Northwest has lots of wonderful scenery, but the one unique feature Kaniksu Ranch offers that no one else does is that we can hike safely and legally NAKED in a beautiful, family-friendly environment,” organizers said.
They made no mention of whether the mosquitoes are out. And we suggest you bring plenty of sunscreen — and dark glasses.
Click “continue reading” for all the dangling details on this event.
MEANTIME, here are a few mainstream Trails Day options for Saturday, June 2 (most require clothing and advance sign-up):
Washington Trails Association is organizing a work party to re-route and maintain trails at Liberty Lake County Park.
Riverside State Park is joining with REI for a family-oriented forest health pruning project in the park.
Elk Creek Falls is the destination for a free two-mile loop hike on the Colville National Forest, led by a Forest Service wildlife biologist.
Butterflies at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge will be the focus of a presentation and field hike led by an expert from the Washington Butterfly Association.
Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are leading a family and dog walk on Saturday and a visit to the Ross Creek Cedars on Sunday.
TRAILS – Helpers are needed for a series of Liberty Lake trail rerouting projects on the 7-mile loop trail at Liberty Lake County Park, starting next Sunday, organized by the Washington Trails Association.
Other scheduled dates for working at Liberty Lake are March 29 and 31 and April 2 and 26.
WTA pledged to rally area volunteers and contribute 2,000 hours of volunteer effort over the next two years in order to get a grant from the Washington Recreational Trails Program.
Liberty Lake, at 3,000 acres, is one of the largest county parks in the state. This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the park better and chip in some effort to improve the hiking/biking/horse-riding opportunities.
Info: (206) 625-1367.
TRAILS — Several local groups are joining the Washington Trails Association to upgrade Spokane-area trails this month. Most of the work parties are on weekends, but there's a project set for Thursday at Mount Spokane.
Read on to for details about all the September projects, including a major effort at the Iller Creek Conservation Area in Spokane Valley.
VOLUNTEERING OUTDOORS — Helpers are needed for two reconstruction projects on popular trails near Spokane this month.
The Washington Trails Association is coordinating the work as follows:
Mount Spokane, Sept. 1 and 15 – the last of several Thursday work parties on re-routes of trails popular with hikers and equestrians.
Iller Creek, Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25 and Oct. 15-16 – Rerouting 1,000 feet of trail around a nasty steep rutted section in the prized Conservation Futures area on the east side of Tower Mountain.
The work qualifies toward credit for free Discover Passes, said local WTA trail work crew leader Jane Baker.
Sign up for the work parties online.
STATE PARKS — After years of effort and the approval of a park master plan, the coast is clear for organized volunteer groups to work with park managers to re-route and improve the multi-use trail system at Mount Spokane State Park.
And the're wasting little time.
The snow has barely cleared from the slopes, yet the Spokane Mountaineers are organizing a work party on Thursday.
Read on for the scoop on that effort from organizer Holly Weiller, plus two other alternatives for volunteers who'd like to join the group this weekend and next week
PUBLIC LANDS - More volunteers are needed for upcoming outings that combine learning traditional skills and the camaraderie of group camping with maintaining popular northeastern Washington trails.
Three projects organized by the Washington Trails Association and Conservation Northwest include:
Sign up: Email email@example.com or call (509) 389-5514.
TRAILS– Efforts to maintain and develop some of the region’s standout trails will be presented at the annual “state of our trails” program organized by the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition Thursday, 6 p.m., at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley. (See map)
Groups and agencies will share information on what’s happening at Mount Spokane and Riverside state parks, Spokane County Parks and Conservation Futures areas, Spokane city parks and the Fish Lake rail trail.
Get a summary on area bicycle trails and river trails as well as the effort to secure a “Dream Trail” through the entire Dishman Hills area to the Iller Creek and Rocks of Sharon conservation areas.
Washington Trails Association members will update on volunteer trail work to improve routes in Iller Creek, Liberty Lake and the Colville National Forest.
Read on for a detailed list of the trails to be covered.
COUNTY PARKS — The National Trails Day weekend work project scheduled for Liberty Lake County Park has been changed to put more muscle to Spokane County’s popular Iller Creek Conservation Area up from Dishman-Mica Road.
Volunteers are needed June 4 or 5 to improve the popular trail in the Conservation Futures area that sweeps up to the Rocks of Sharon. loop trail at Liberty Lake County Park.
The effort to re-route portions of the Iller Creek trail is among seven volunteer trail work parties WTA is sponsoring June 4-5 in recognition of National Trails Day.
No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and have fun. Helpers must wear proper boots and clothing and bring water and food. Tools are provided
Work parties begin at the trailhead around 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required, or call (206) 625-1367.
OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES — The weekend is packed with outdoor activities and educational programs scheduled in this area. Click for details.
PUBLIC LANDS – The Washington Trails Association once again is organizing projects to build or maintain popular non-motorized trails in northeastern Washington, from Spokane Valley to the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
The group projects range from one-day stints to week-long volunteer vacation projects that culminate in great accomplishments in spectacular areas.
Liberty Lake hiking trails are getting attention this month, starting with session on Saturday, followed by sessions May 12, 14 and 28.
Colville National Forest volunteer vacations to consider include:
Get information and sign up for these projects at www.wta.org
That means the little wilderness gem in northeastern Washington and a slice of North Idaho will be a destination for volunteers devoting some of their summer vacation to improving trails for all to enjoy.
If you're looking for a change of scenery, I highly recommend looking into the volunteer vacations set for the High Divide area near Mount Baker. Bring two pairs of socks on this trip, because your first pair will get knocked off when you see the views.
Read on for details:
PUBLIC LANDS — The Washington Trails Association, led by Spokane trail maintenace ace Jane Baker has an ambitious schedule to enhance trails, from the Dishman Hills and Liberty Lake, to Mount Spokane, the Kettle Range and the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.
Volunteers are needed for one-day efforts or you can even join the “backcountry response teams” that go out backpacking and trail working for several days at a time. Belive it or not, it's great fun and ultimately rewarding.
Read on for Jane's initial announcement and invitation:
PUBLIC LANDS — The Washington Trails Association is organizing a Hiker Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday (Feb. 9) to urging lawmakers to support for state parks and recreation threatened with closure because of the budget crisis.
More than 2,000 hikers have signed a petition supporting state lands and others are participating in WTA’s Hiker Lobby Day virtually.
Many state parks will have to close their gates this summer if the legislature does not act soon to authorize a new sustainable funding source.
One option already introduced is the Discover Pass (SB 5622 / HB 1796), which creates a multi-agency fee pass that provides access to recreation lands managed by State Parks, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“The fee, $30 for an annual vehicle tab, is a reasonable amount for hikers to pay for access, especially when the alternative is closure of these lands,” says Lauren Braden, WTA spokeswoman. “If managed carefully, this pass will be a great value for Washington recreation opportunities and landscapes, and provide a stable and sustainable source of funding into the future.”