Building new trails in southwest Washington: Thanks to Jones Creek Trail Riders Association

Every year, volunteers spend thousands of hours giving their time and talents to care for recreation opportunities on DNR-managed lands. This summer, one of our partner volunteer groups, the Jones Creek Trail Riders, have been hard at work buiding ATV and dirt bike trails in Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Battle Ground.

Volunteers rough in a section of trail in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Photo courtesy Jones Creek Trail Riders Association.
Volunteers rough in a section of trail in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Photo courtesy Jones Creek Trail Riders Association.

They’re finishing up .75 miles of ATV and dirt bike trail that quickly ascends a series of ridgeline switchbacks to reach nearly 4,000 feet elevation at the summit of Larch Mountain. From there, the trail provides sweeping views of Portland, Vancouver and the surrounding area. Once the club finishes this section, they’ll begin another section late this summer or early fall, and have plans to build motorcycle-only trail next.

When they’re not building new trails, the club maintains the 15-mile Jones Creek Trail System in partnership with DNR. Join them at their next work party, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the Larch Mountain Trailhead. Look for future Jones Creek work parties, which happen at least once a month, on our calendar.

To learn more about volunteering on DNR-managed lands, visit our website.