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

Flagging new trails at Reiter Foothills
DNR planner Dana Leavitt flags trail at Reiter Foothills. Photo: Sue Jensen, DNR

Do you think you have what it takes to lay out hiking, biking and equestrian trails? Do you have an adventurous spirit that likes to lead the way into uncharted territory? Are you passionate about increasing recreation opportunities?

Become a trailblazer on September 30 and October 6 and learn how to flag trails for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at Reiter Foothills, near Index, WA.

Reiter recreation manager David Way and DNR planner Sue Jensen will teach you how to flag sustainable non-motorized trails at Reiter Foothills. Get the lowdown in the interview with Sue Jensen below.

DNR planner Sue Jensen and her husband Jim Jensen enjoy a day hike at Mount Rainier. Photo: Sue Jensen

Q: Why are you building trails at Reiter Foothills?

JENSEN: This project is part of the Reiter Foothills Recreation Plan – a management plan to guide sustainable recreation in the area. We have been making great progress on the motorized trail system, and it’s now time to focus on developing the non-motorized trails.

Q: What exactly will people be doing?

JENSEN: Our volunteers will have the opportunity to do backcountry hiking and learn the techniques of trail layout. We will be working in teams, using the US Forest Service guidelines for trail design, to flag the preliminary trail routes.  After the route is determined, we will train volunteers to use a variety of equipment– GPS, compass and clinometers– to record trail logs.

Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and trail clothing, and have work gloves and rain gear.  They should bring sack lunches, snacks and plenty of water.

Q: Who do you want to attend?

JENSEN: We are looking for all willing volunteers, including active hikers, mountain bikers or backcountry equestrians, especially those who might know this section of the woods or who like to do backcountry travel. This would be a great opportunity for hiking or biking clubs, high school students, and scout troops to get involved with an important project.

We will host more events in October. Groups and individuals can contact the recreation manager David Way at 360-333-5741 if they would like to schedule an event or join one of our work parties.

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