Posts Tagged ‘trails’

GIS Day: Experts meeting today at State Capitol to show off high-tech mapping

November 19, 2014
GIS layers

Geospatial information systems (GIS) technologies compile multiple layers of information about a specific area on a map. GIS can be used to map crime, show land use, track wildfires, and more. Image: NOAA

Today (November 19) is GIS Day, an opportunity to salute the many dedicated technicians who use geographic information systems (GIS) technology to help us see the world around us in new ways.

Dozens of GIS users and experts from DNR, Ecology, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington Military Department, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. and several other agencies are gathered today in the John L. O’Brien Building on the Sate Capitol Campus to share their uses of GIS in the public’s interest. DNR, for example, uses GIS to reveal geologic formations and hazards as well as map forest roads, streams, trails and other features. The technology also can be used to track the spread of invasive species, map marine vegetation, or plan land uses.

To see a real-world application of GIS data, visit DNR’s Washington Geological Information Portal where you can toggle multi-layered maps to find locations of major earthquake faults, lahar and tsunami evacuation zones, underground geologic formations, and more.

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Eight reasons DNR is thankful for volunteers

November 28, 2013

Samish Overlook

Year-round, volunteers help keep DNR-managed rec sites clean, safe, and healthy. Photo by: DNR/Rick Foster

Each year, volunteers of all ages put in hundreds of thousands of hours helping DNR.

Their dedicated efforts and skills help us maintain and improve recreational sites, trails, natural areas, and other outdoor volunteer opportunities on the state trust lands we manage.

Some volunteers devote time every month; others pitch in a few hours here and there.

At DNR, we’re thankful to all of those who:

  1. Spent countless hours battling blackberries and scotch broom from overtaking trails and natural areas.
  2. Volunteered for the Forest Watch Program.
  3. Provided information and nature interpretation to school children and other forest visitors.
  4. Trekked out in the field to collect data or monitor plant species — providing valuable information to staff scientists.
  5. Helped us maintain and build recreational trails.
  6. Organized volunteer work parties.
  7. Provided clerical assistance.
  8. Helped DNR keep campgrounds open to the public by becoming a volunteer camp host.


Rain or shine, DNR’s volunteers are always happy to show up and lend a hand. Photo by: DNR

…and the many other activities that relied on volunteer efforts in the past year.

To all of you, our sincere thanks! And a Happy Thanksgiving.

The gift that gives back
Did you know that volunteers can earn vouchers toward a complimentary Discover Pass for their service?

By putting in 24 hours of time working on eligible projects on recreation lands managed by DNR, Washington State Parks, or Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeGet details.

Check out our Volunteer Calendar to learn about opportunities for you to get involved.

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Rec Alert: Seasonal Tiger Mountain trails close for winter season

November 8, 2013
Mountain Bike Rider on East Tiger Mountain

Mountain Bikers enjoyed the natural and rugged terrain at East Tiger Mountain this summer. Photo: Sam Jarrett, DNR

Did you have a chance to ride Tiger Mountain’s new stretch of trail, which opened to mountain bikers last summer? This weekend will be your last chance to ride them this season.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will close the East Tiger Summit trails for the winter season Tuesday, November 12.

Washington’s rainy fall and winter months leave trails vulnerable to environmental and structural damage. Seasonal closures are a way for DNR to help protect the landscape and make sure the trail will be around to play on for many years.

Help your favorite trails
Several volunteer work parties will be scheduled to work on Tiger Mountain’s Preston Railroad Grade Trail. Stay tuned to DNR’s volunteer calendar to find out when you can come out and lend a hand.

Looking forward…
Seasonal closures are bittersweet for recreation enthusiasts. Why? They mark the end of summer sports, but also the approaching fun of winter recreation! (more…)

End summer the ‘Reiter-way’

September 12, 2013

As many of you may know, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opened new trails at Reiter to off-roaders for weekend use this past June. Now, there’s even more to celebrate!


Take the family on a beautiful adventure through Reiter’s new ATV Purple Line trail. Photo by: DNR/Jessica Payne

Today, DNR announced that two new sections are now open to the public. Load up the quad, the 4×4 truck, or dirt bike and enjoy the last days of summer adrenaline.

What weekend adventures should I expect at Reiter?
The ATV Purple Line and the 4×4 Connector Challenge trails are ready to be put to the test.

The new ATV Purple Line Trail is a breathtaking excursion through the sun-speckled understory of the forest.

The intimidating 4×4 Connector Challenge Trail is sure to give even the toughest Jeep a grappling test.

When can I go?
Reiter will be open on weekends until the end of September on the following schedule:

Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Starting in October, Reiter will be open Saturdays and Sundays only through the rest of the winter.

Keep posted on trail status by subscribing to our Northwest Region e-newsletter. Check out new trail maps, motorized trail rules, and 4×4 technical trail guidelines on our website. (more…)

Recreation Update: Mount Si & Little Si open

August 1, 2013

September 12 updateThe Garden Loop Trail will reopen today after being closed due to wildfire. All trails originally closed due to the 444th fire are once again open to the public.

August 1 update - The main Mount Si and Little Si trails reopen today after being closed due to wildfire. 

Please use caution while using the trails, as conditions may have changed since your last visit. Also, be aware of fire crews and heavy machinery still working in the forest.

Mt Si wildfire

A wildfire at the base of Mount Si has forced DNR to temporarily close several trails.
Photo by: Laura Cooper/DNR

Trail Closures

  • The Garden Loop Trail will remain closed until fire crews have finished mopping up the fire.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed several trails in the Mount Si system due to wildfire.

These trails will be closed until further notice to protect the public and allow firefighters to safely do their job.

See a map of the area here. Check back with DNR’s website for updates on this trail closure.

Where can I go instead?
Want to avoid the commotion on Mount Si? We recommend you visit Tiger Mountain instead. You may discover your new favorite trail on West Tiger Mountain NRCA or Tiger Mountain State Forest. You can also find beautiful vista views at the top of the Rattlesnake Mountain trail, which starts at the Rattlesnake Lake Trailhead. See our Recreation Guide for adventure ideas.

Mount Si Wildfire
The 444th Wildfire is burning in steep rocky terrain at the base of Mount Si, between the Mount Si and Little Si trails. The fire is currently 95% contained at 18 acres. DNR fire managers ask that the public remember to practice good stewardship of our state’s natural resources and be careful when recreating in wooded areas. (more…)

Tell Dad to ‘Take a Hike’

June 14, 2013

Enjoy a picnic in the wildflowers and sunshine for Father’s Day, International Picnic Day, and the Summer Solstice this week. Photo: DNR

…A nature hike that is.

This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you appreciate him with a Discover Pass and treat him to a special trip to one of our recreation sites, and once… just this once… let him beat you up the trail!

 You and Dad can visit one of the treasured sites on DNR-managed state lands (below) for a day or just a couple of hours this weekend—and discover your favorite summer hang-out. Read on for great ideas to get Dad hiking… (more…)

Recreation alert: Sections of Sadie Creek ORV trail and road temporarily closed

May 30, 2013

Sections of a road and a trail in the Sadie Creek Off-road Vehicle (ORV) trail system are temporarily closed due to timber harvest activity in the area.

Sadie Creek Trail Closure

Sections of Sadie Creek ORV Trail are closed due to timber harvest activity. Click on the map for a larger view of the area.

For public safety reasons, DNR often closes access to certain areas of forests during timber harvests, especially areas that are popular for outdoor recreation. The Sadie Creek ORV Trailhead is located 8 miles west of Joyce, off Highway 112 in Clallam County.

What’s closed?
All of PA-S-1050 is closed and the PA-S-1000 line is closed west of its intersection with PA-S-1400/PA-S-1300. Also, a small section of PA-S-12000 is closed between Sadie Creek Trail Head and East Twin River Road (PA-S-1100). View a map.

How long will the trail and road sections be closed?
They are closed until further notice. DNR will re-open the trails when it is safe to do so. We’ll update the Olympic Region Web page and post the reopening information on DNR’s blog. For more information, contact Wayne Fitzwater at the Olympic Regional Office at 360-374-2800.

Timber harvests and recreation
Timber harvest activity on forested state trust lands can sometimes affect recreation access. It’s always good practice to be extra cautious while recreating on forest roads. Log trucks don’t stop quickly. Check DNR’s website for updates about timber activity impacts to recreation on DNR-managed lands at

Do you have your Discover Pass yet?
The pass is your ticket to recreation access on nearly 7 million acres of state lands. Find out more at:

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New Capitol State Forest map gets a tip of the hat from ThurstonTalk

May 2, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently updated its Capitol State Forest map. Thurston Talk got their hands on a copy of the new map and wrote an article for their website.

The author points out that many trails and roads in the forest have changed over recent years, bringing about the need for updates to the Capitol State Forest map. DNR used the update as an opportunity to improve on the older version of the map.

Front of Capitol State Forest Map

While the new map has increased the accuracy of the listed trails, it also added a few new features. One of these new features mentioned in the article is the Fun Guide. The Fun Guide is a large section of the map dedicated to pointing out several popular features of Capitol State Forest. With points of interest such as best mountain biking loop, most peaceful walk, best drive and best camping, users are guaranteed to find something new whether they’re newcomers or regular visitors to Capitol State Forest.

The author of the article was able to provide an interesting perspective on the map and its new features. Check out the article on Thurston Talk, and for more information on the new Capitol State Forest map check out these related links:

Top 5 reasons to download the new Capitol State Forest map onto your smartphone
New Capitol State Forest map is hot off the presses!

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DNR invites public to meeting on Reiter Foothills recreation plan

May 1, 2013

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting on May 7 to receive comments on the proposed non-motorized recreation trail plan for Reiter Foothills.

DNR and the public have been collaborating since 2009 to develop a recreation plan that takes into account the many users, as well as the environmental well-being, of the Reiter Foothills in Snohomish County.


Join DNR Recreation staff on May 7 to learn about proposed non-motorized trails at Reiter Foothills. Photo by: DNR

The plan is currently going through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process. The May 7 meeting will be a great opportunity for the public to learn about the SEPA process, discuss their concerns, and submit their SEPA comments.

The meeting will take place:

When: Tuesday May 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Park Place Middle School
1408 W. Main Street
Monroe, WA

Join us and invite your friends on facebook.

Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the environmental impacts of the proposed trails. Comments and suggestions about how to limit damage to the natural or built environments will be carefully considered by in the SEPA review.

Comments from the public about the SEPA process must be received before 4:30 p.m., May 14, 2013, by the SEPA Center at or PO Box 47015, Olympia, Washington 98504-7015

Visit the SEPA website for more information about the proposed project and to review the plan.

Related Links:
Reiter Foothills Test Rides Draws a Crowd

Riders leave first tracks at Reiter Foothills

Calling all trailblazers! Rare opportunity on September 30 to lay out hiking, biking and equestrian trails at Reiter Foothills!

Invite your friends to the event on Facebook!

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Take a hike…a nature hike that is! Celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with DNR

April 26, 2013
Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.

Photo of wildflowers at Lacamas Prairie. Photo: Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR.

Today kicks off Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington, and as spring brings the landscape to life around us, it’s a great time to celebrate Washington’s diverse ecosystem. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting events across the state.

 April 27 — A native plant walk at the Lacamas Prairie Natural Area Preserve (near Camas) is scheduled for anyone interested in an informative tour of some of Washington’s native flora.

April 27 — Celebrate native plants with a nature hike at West Tiger Mountain (near Issaquah)

May 4 — Wildflower Hike at Columbia Hills State Park. Join DNR staff and State Park staff for a hike around Columbia Hills State Park.

Find out more about Native Plant Appreciation Week (more…)


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