Collaboration on new signs in Chuckanut Mountains means enhanced visitor safety

A sample safety sign, which has a letter that corresponds to a location on the map.
A sample safety sign. Letters (“S” in this case) correspond to a location on the map.

This spring and summer, DNR, in collaboration with Whatcom County Parks and Recreation, Washington State Parks and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, worked with the Bellingham Fire Department, South Whatcom Fire Authority, Skagit County Fire District 14 and others to implement new signs in the Chuckanut Mountains to aid visitors with navigation and safety among mixed land ownership.

Eighteen new signs along the Chuckanut Mountains, which include DNR’s 4,500-acre Blanchard State Forest, are intended to act as checkpoints to help visitors orient themselves and speed up emergency response times, should visitors need those services. When you visit Blanchard State Forest, you’ll find eight checkpoint signs at various trail intersections. View a map of checkpoint locations you can download and navigate with on a mobile device (directions available on our website).

Blanchard State Forest: A lot to explore
Blanchard State Forest is home to some of Washington state’s most treasured recreation opportunities. It includes breathtaking views from the Oyster Dome Trail, secluded backcountry camping at Lily and Lizard Lakes and a launch point at Samish Overlook for hang gliders and para gliders. To learn more about Blanchard State Forest, visit our website.