Reiter Foothills Test Rides Draws a Crowd

Is this 4x4 trail a draw for the drivers or for the enjoyment of spectating?  From the photo above, what do you think?
Is this 4×4 trail a draw for the drivers or for the enjoyment of spectators? From the photo above, what do you think? Photo: David Way/DNR.

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been hosting test rides on the first 4×4 trail built at Reiter Foothills Forest in Snohomish County since a  major restoration project began in November 2012. Word has spread, and 4×4 enthusiasts from across the state are participating in test rides to lay tracks on the new trails.

On Saturday February 9, some 35 off-road vehicle enthusiasts came out to play on their one-and-only designated 4×4 trail in Snohomish County. The crowd grew to more than 60 spectators, drivers, and even a few ‘back seat drivers.’

The 4×4 users also had an opportunity to take a survey that will guide recreation managers on future trail development.

Mark your calendars; the next 4X4 test day is February 17.

Get your 4×4 ready to go! This weekend there is a test ride at Reiter Foothills. Photo: David Way, DNR.
Get your 4×4 ready to go! This weekend there is a test ride at Reiter Foothills. Photo: David Way/DNR.

How much 4×4 trail is there?

Currently there is about 1,000 feet of finished 4×4 trail with another 1,000 feet of road base awaiting trail features. Every foot of the trail has a different log, boulder, or stump to crawl up, over or around. DNR plans to build another two more sections of challenge trail before July.

Are there single-track motorcycle trails, too?

Single-track motorcycle trails will be available for test rides as well. Two miles of trail were scheduled to be open, but snow and wet ground conditions forced DNR to close the trails during the recent and upcoming test rides. Join our Facebook page to find out when the single-track trails will be open for test rides. Check out Riders Leave First Track at Reiter Foothills for more information on the single-track trails.

The ATV trails are not yet ready, but we will let you know when you can bring those along to the test rides.

Reiter’s ongoing construction

Hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian riders get ready! This summer, DNR will break ground on non-motorized trails at Reiter Foothills.

Beginning in April, Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews will pick up where they left off last construction season on the motorized trails. The priority will be to finish the first section of ATV trail and then begin building the Green Line Single-Track Motorcycle Trail. 

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