The Teanaway Community Forest, situated at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed, offers many outdoor recreational opportunities and is a gateway to other public lands, such as nearby national forests.
The Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife have put together a factsheet on interim recreation opportunities available while they develop the management plan with input from a community advisory committee.
Check out the highlights below:
Hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
The Community Forest may lack a maintained trail system currently, but hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers may use existing trails at their own risk. Most roads are posted as closed to motor vehicles but they are opened for non-motorized uses.
Off-road and all-terrain vehicles must abide by county rules on public roads within the Community Forest. These vehicles are not permitted on gated roads.
Hunting and fishing
Hunting and fishing are allowed under state regulations:
Camping and campfires
Free, first come, first served overnight camping is available in three designated campgrounds: 29 Pines, Indian Camp, and Teanaway. Camping outside those campgrounds is not allowed. Garbage is not collected at the campgrounds, so campers must pack out all trash.
Campfires are permitted within approved fire rings in each campground unless a burn ban is in force within Kittitas County. Fires in commercially purchased propane fire pits are allowed during burn bans.
At this time, motorists do not need a Discover Pass or WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicle Access Pass to use the Community Forest. Future access pass requirements will be addressed in the forest management plan, which will be completed by mid-2015.
For more information, go to the Teanaway Community Forest on DNR’s website.
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