Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark welcomed volunteers from across the state at the 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site. Photo: Diana Lofflin
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site. Photo: Diana Lofflin

The 8th Annual Great Gravel Pack-In, held on Saturday, April 13, in Capitol State Forest, drew a large crowd this year. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark greeted and mingled with almost 90 volunteers who braved the rain to shovel gravel, load up pack stock, and hike to the work site.

Check out photos from the event!

The event was an opportunity for people with diverse recreation interests, from ATV-riders to horseback riders, to come together to clean up the trails. This year, the focus was on the new Equine Loop Trail, much to the delight of the 28 mules and horses who came out to ‘volunteer’.

In the true spirit of volunteering, the motorized community helped spread rock on non-motorized trails. These folks were a big help in moving some of the 32 yards of gravel with just 12 quads and trailers.

Curious about the numbers? Check out the breakdown below:

  • 1 Commissioner of Public Lands
  • 89 volunteers
  • 28 mules and horses
  • 12 quads and trailers
  • 32 yards of gravel total (7 yards moved by horses; 25 yards moved by quads)

    In the true spirit of volunteering, the motorized community helped spread rock on non-motorized trails. These folks were a big help in moving some of the 32 yards of gravel with just 12 quads and trailers. Photo: Diana Lofflin
    In the true spirit of volunteering, Washington ATV Association helped spread rock on non-motorized trails.  Photo: Diana Lofflin

DNR would like to thank all the volunteers and the following groups for their contributions:

  • Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) helped sponsor the event.
  • Pierce County Chapter BCHW assisted by cooking food for hungry volunteers.
  • Washington ATV Association co-sponsored the event and brought members out to work on non-motorized trails.
  • Friends of Capitol Forest donated equipment and tents to help out the volunteers.
  • House Brother’s Construction contributed by donating the outhouses on the trail.
  • Northwest Epic Series ‘fueled’ the day with a hot breakfast for everyone.

    Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the of the Great Gravel Pack-In announces the tasks to the equestrian group. Photo: Diana Lofflin
    Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the of the Great Gravel Pack-In announces the tasks to the equestrian group. Photo: Diana Lofflin

Finally, special thanks to Ed Haefliger, one of the founders of the event. After eight years, he has decided to move into a supportive role so he can have more time to work on his other projects. He also turned 70 years old this year, and volunteers celebrated with a cake during the lunch.

Inspired to volunteer? Check out DNR’s volunteer calendar and invite your friends!

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