Give ’em a break: Blanchard timber harvest truck traffic, no expected trail impacts

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Be aware of large trucks in preparation of a Blanchard Forest timber harvest. Photo/ DNR.

Hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers heading out to enjoy the Blanchard Forest, nestled in the Chucknaut Mountains near Bellingham, should expect an increase in truck traffic  and minor road closures (up to 20 minutes) beginning early June to October 31 due to timber sale activities.

Recreationists may encounter small traffic interruptions on Blanchard Mainline Road, which accesses the Upper Blanchard Trailhead and picturesque Samish Overlook, but trails won’t be impacted. View a map of possible road impacts. Click here to learn more.

The harvest will help generate nearly $750,000 for Skagit County beneficiaries, which include the Burlington-Edison School Distric and Skagit Country roads, emergency medical services, ports and hospitals. To learn more about how DNR helps to fund schools and services in Washington state, visit our website.

Blanchard Forest: A recreation hub
Blanchard Forest is home to sweeping views of the San Juan Islands and Mount Baker. The trail network includes treasured sites like the Samish Overlook, Oyster Dome, and backcountry campsites at Lily and Lizard Lakes. The forest also includes portions of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, which starts at Montana’s Continental Divide and ends at the Pacific Ocean on Washinton’s Olympic Coast. Click here to learn more about recreation in DNR’s Blanchard Forest.