Recreation alert: DNR temporarily closes a section of washed out trail in the Walker Valley ORV trail system

Walker Valley trail washout

Trail washout caused sediment to flow from the Upper Mainline Trail in Walker Valley ORV Trail System. Photo: DNR

DNR crews and volunteers were surprised Tuesday, May 1, when they came across a section of trail in the Walker Valley Off- Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail System that was completely washed out.

Crews immediately closed a section of the Upper Mainline Trail to protect public safety. They also installed temporary sediment and erosion control measures to prevent the sediment from reaching Walker Creek.

Walker Valley, located in Skagit County east of Mount Vernon, is a popular ORV destination with 36 miles of trails.

The section of trail affected was on the Upper Mainline Trail but will also affect the Expressway Trail. These trails were designed for 4×4 vehicles but are also popular for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorbikes. DNR recommends the following alternate routes to access the upper valley: Timber Tamer, EZ Valley Connector, and Ridge Ram trails.

DNR is investigating the cause of the trail washout and will work with user groups on next steps to ensure the trail reopens in a timely manner.

View more photos of the trail damage.

For more information, contact Christ Thomsen at 360-854-2860.

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