Posts Tagged ‘Blanchard Forest Block’

DNR’s Samish Overlook popular for its views and recreation opportunities

June 25, 2013
Samish Bay Overlook

View of Samish Bay from the Samish Overlook and Day-Use Area, managed by DNR. Photo DNR.

Samish Overlook Day-Use Area in the Blanchard Forest Block, south of Bellingham, offers stunning views of the San Juan Islands. It is also is a place where hikers, paragliders, and equestrian riders have joined forces by contributing hundreds of hours of their personal time to preserve this beautiful recreation area. See photos from our 2013 National Trails Day Event in Blanchard Forest Block.

Each year, an estimated 40,000 visitors come to Samish Overlook to picnic and enjoy the view. The overlook is also a popular jumping-off spot for hang gliders and paragliders. DNR-managed lands provide 1,100 miles of trails, 143 recreation sites, and a variety of landscapes throughout Washington State. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, motorized vehicle riding, mountain biking, and boating.

Download a recreation and trails map for the Blanchard Forest Block.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Work ‘event’ targets trails in Blanchard Forest Block

December 16, 2011

Wanted: A few good volunteers to work with DNR and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association to help improve trails in the Blanchard Forest Block.

When: Now through December 23

What: Help widen trails, clean and repair water control features, clear brush, and do other light-to-medium maintenance tasks.

Where: The Blanchard Forest Block is located in the northwest part of Skagit County, between Samish Bay and I-5.

Contact: For more information and details about where to meet up, contact David Way at 360-854-2830.

Discover PassThis work party is eligible for a volunteer voucher towards a complimentary Discover Pass.

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Recreation alert: Road grading projects on DNR-managed lands in Skagit County may affect your plans

October 6, 2011

Do your upcoming travel plans involve visiting DNR-managed lands in Skagit County? If so, DNR wants to let you know about some road-grading and other projects that are happening in three different locations in the county. These projects may affect your plans.

Blanchard Forest Block
Two roads are being worked on in the forest. We just wanted to give you a heads up if you’re headed to the area. What’s affected:

This work should be completed by this weekend, October 8-9.

View a map of the area.

Walker Valley ORV Trail System
Beginning Thursday or Friday this week (Oct. 6 or 7), crews will be grading the Walker Valley mainline road (aka Peter Burns Road), east of Mount Vernon. While the grader is in the area, crews will be grading and reshaping the parking area at the Walker Valley Trailhead.

Other improvements include removing the old, rotten wooden fencing that delineates the parking area and replacing them with durable concrete fencing, and construction of a new loading ramp.

In addition to improvements to the trailhead, crews will be working on water quality enhancement and stream protection projects in the area.

Walker Valley trailhead will still be accessible during most of this work, and no work will be done on the weekend. You may see short, intermittent closures during specific work activities.

We expect this project to be completed late next week.

Les Hilde Trailhead / Harry Osborne State Forest
Once the work is completed at Walker Valley, we’ll send the grader over to Les Hilde Trailhead, east of Sedro-Woolley off Highway 20. Grading will take place on approximately ¾ mile of the road to the trailhead. We expect the work to take only half a day, and the road will be accessible during this work.

We appreciate your patience!

For more information, contact Christ Thomsen, 360-854-2860.

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