Posts Tagged ‘Recreation’

Mark your calendars: DNR celebrates Predator Trail with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

October 17, 2015

DNR and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are celebrating a new 1.8-mile trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest on Oct. 24. Join us to share a pig roast BBQ and celebrate the official opening of Predator Trail, an expert-only technical and challenging descent.

Tiger Mountain

The Predator Trail, 1.8 miles in length, is Tiger Mountain’s newest trail. Photo/ DNR.

Celebration details 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
Tiger Summit Trailhead
Directions: From Issaquah, go east on I-90 to exit 25. Turn right to SR-18. Go 4.5 miles to Tiger Summit. Turn right. Take Westside Road left .3 miles to the site on the right.

About the trail
Named after the tiger, an apex predator at the top of the food chain, the Predator Trail is Tiger Mountain’s newest and most difficult trail.

The new trail addition boosts the east Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trail system to nearly 17 miles in total length.

This one-way descent is full of rock-armored steeps, with some tight turns over fast and undulating terrain packed with obstacles that will keep even highly skilled riders challenged. View a map of the new trail.

Check back with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about the event. For more information about recreation on Tiger Mountain, visit our website. To start planning your next mountain bike ride, click on trailheads on our new statewide interactive recreation map.

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Shout out to Dirty Harry’s Peak trail volunteers

October 16, 2015
Dirty Harry's Peak trail

Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail, near North Bend, is popular for hiking and rock climbing. Photo/ DNR.

Big thanks to DNR volunteers and our partners from the Washington Trails Association who are helping DNR rebuild the Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail, located in the Snoqualmie Corridor near North Bend.

Volunteers have hand built about one-third of a mile of what will be a four-and-a-half-mile trail to Dirty Harry’s Peak, which provides breathtaking views of the Snoqualmie Valley.

The volunteers’ renovations will lessen the grade of the trail, which also passes some popular rock climbing areas. The project is expected to finish in spring of 2017.

Join the effort 
Want to get involved? DNR and Washington Trails Association have Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail work parties planned through December. Visit our calendar for upcoming events.

Dirty Harry's Peak

DNR and Washington Trails Association volunteers laid the foundation for the future Dirty Harry’s Peak trail. Photo/ DNR.

A recreation destination 
Dirty Harry’s Peak is located in DNR’s Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, a 10,280-acre landscape on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. The conservation area includes some of DNR’s other popular recreation sites, like the newly renovated Mailbox Peak trail and the Mine Creek picnic area, popular for whitewater kayaking.

Planning for high-quality recreation
To learn more about upcoming recreation opportunities in the Snoqualmie Corridor, visit our Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, which we published in March.

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Meet DNR’s new lead recreation planner: Glenn Glover

October 13, 2015
Glenn Glover

Glenn stops for a photo with his dogs Kota, left, and Scarry, right in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. Photo courtesy Glenn Glover.

There’s a new talent helping DNR to reach its goals: Glenn Glover. Glenn joined the agency in September as a lead recreation planner that will help DNR’s recreation program continue to develop high quality recreation destinations.

Part of Glenn’s role will be working with organizations, tribes and communities across the state.

As an opportunity to let you get to know him a little better, we asked him a few questions.

What is it about serving the citizens of Washington and the work that you’ll be doing that attracted you to this position with DNR?
I wanted to take the experience and success that I had in serving and providing recreation to one user group, which was mountain bikers of Washington state, and turn that into an opportunity to support a broader range of recreation users, whether that be hiking, motorcycling, horseback riding, four wheel driving, trail running, climbing, mountain biking, fishing, boating, ATV – or a new emerging recreation.

What are you bringing to DNR’s efforts that will help the agency to be successful in its mission?
One of the strengths that I bring is a strong attention to the user experience – the reasons why people recreate – and how to make that as satisfying as possible while still meeting our trust obligations.  I can provide a new perspective, which can be helpful in seeing opportunities to do things in new ways.

Glenn Glover

Glenn mountain biking in the Colville National Forest near Sherman Pass. Photo courtesy Glenn Glover.

What motivates you to get outdoors?
The ways that I personally recreate and experience the outdoors is very diverse.  At times it is for peace and quiet, solitude, and slowing my mind.  At other times it will include excitement, the chance to challenge my limits, and comradery with friends and partners.   The common element through all of it is connecting with nature and coming away feeling recharged.

Watch our blog, social media, and e-newsletter to hear more about DNR’s recreation planning projects, developments, and upcoming events. For more information about recreation planning, visit our website.

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Rec alert: Infectious trees cause Capitol State Forest temporary closures

October 11, 2015
DNR scientists helped identify infected trees at two Capitol State Forest campgrounds. Photo/ DNR.

To help ensure public safety, DNR is temporarily closing two Capitol State Forest campgrounds. Photo/ DNR.

DNR’s tree experts help spot forest health issues before large problems arise. On Monday, one such discovery is being managed to protect campers and recreationists from potentially hazardous trees with an infectious root disease.

Rec alert: Know before you go 
To ensure public safety, Middle Waddell campground, day-use area, and surrounding trails will be closed from Oct. 12 until further notice so DNR can remove the infected trees. DNR will also be removing other trees in the area to facilitate future campgrounds and trailhead improvements. Margaret McKenny campground, day-use area, and surrounding trails will close later this fall following the Middle Waddell closures.

It’s not typical for timber harvests to occur within established DNR campgrounds, unless there are trees that pose a danger to campers.

Like many of the forests DNR manages, the lands in Capitol State Forest are trust lands managed to provide sustainable revenue in support of schools, state universities and local county public services. In this case, the trees DNR harvests to improve recreation sites will benefit Thurston County.

New plantings 
To begin forest regeneration, DNR has planted Western Red Cedar trees, which are not susceptible to the infectious root rot disease.

For updates on the project, visit our Capitol State Forest web page.

For other ideas of where to get outdoors on DNR-managed lands, visit our statewide recreation map.

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Progress climbs on new mountain bike trail

October 9, 2015
mountain biking

Tyler Salvage, left, and Kevin Schmuck, right, continue construction on a climbing trail in the Tiger Mountain State Forest. Photo/ DNR.

DNR recently opened the new Predator Trail on East Tiger Mountain, and we’re not stopping there.

Two of DNR’s professional trail builders, Tyler Salvage and Kevin Schmuck, have been leading trail construction on a new climbing trail in East Tiger Mountain’s growing mountain bike trail system.

In September, we reached a new milestone on the climbing trail: the halfway mark.

The trail, which will be four miles when finished, is expected to open in Spring of 2016.

This primarily mountain biking trail provides a more direct ascent to higher elevation trails within the 17-mile East Tiger Mountain biking trail system. With the new trail, mountain bikers won’t need to navigate forest roads to make the climb.

mountain biking

A preview of a climbing trail, which is expected to open in spring of 2016. Photo/ DNR.

Funding the trail 
The trail is largely made possible through a Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office grant awarded to DNR’s recreation program.

Learn more
To see more about the climbing trail’s construction, visit our Youtube channel. To learn more about our plans for fun and safe recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor, check out our Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, which we published in March.

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Welcoming new conservation crews to DNR-managed lands

October 5, 2015

Today marks the first day of crew deployments for new Washington Conservation Corps and Puget Sound Corps teams. Every year crews gain valuable work skills on DNR-managed lands before beginning careers in Washington’s workforce or pursuing higher education. Corps members gain experience while helping to fill a variety of needs – from working on DNR trails and campgrounds to caring for wild spaces by removing invasive species and fostering the growth of native plants.

Where they’ll be 
In the next year about 10 crews will spend some time on DNR-managed lands all across Washington state. They’ll be doing valuable work:

Watch our video, below, to see the kind of valuable work these crews perform. When you run into WCC or PSC crews, say hello and let them share with you how they’re helping to improve these lands.

The Corps, founded in 1983, is a multi-agency effort with DNR, AmeriCorps, the Department of Ecology, Veterans Affairs, and others that invests in future generations by building their professional skills as they perform stewardship for the state’s natural landscapeshigh-quality recreation opportunities, and the Puget Sound. For more information, visit the Department of Ecology’s website.

To hear more about how these projects develop, stay connected with our monthly recreation e-newsletter.

Lesser known trail activity packs in fun

October 4, 2015

Volunteers are aided by their packgoats on the Little River Trail, in the Olympic Peninsula. Photo: Tony Nastansky/ Evergreen Packgoat Club.

Ever been hiking or horseback riding on one of DNR’s 1,100 miles of trails and come across a mule, burro, llama, or even a goat?

You might be surprised to know that DNR’s trails that allow horses for trail riding also allow packstock.

Many recreationists explore DNR-managed lands with their packstock animals, which make great hiking and horseback riding partners because they’re able to carry supplies.


Mules were part of the volunteer effort at the 2015 Great Gravel Pack-in at the Capitol State Forest. Photo/ DNR.

Want to learn more about packstock companions or try it out for yourself? Get in touch with your local packstock organization, like the Olympia-based Evergreen Packgoat Club, for the best ways to get started.

If you see packstock on the trail, give them the right-of-way as you would for horses, communicate with the handler, and hold your dog’s leash in closely.

For ideas of where to go, visit our statewide interactive recreation map and click on trailheads. Any trail that lists horseback riding as an activity has trails that are open to packstock too.

For more information on lesser known activities on DNR-managed lands go to and click on other activities.

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Thanks to DNR’s National Public Lands Day volunteers

September 28, 2015

Volunteers pull Scotch broom at a National Public Lands Day work party. Photo courtesy of the Center for Natural Lands Management.

Here’s our shout out to the volunteers who joined us at two work parties to celebrate National Public Lands Day last Saturday.

Volunteers and partners from the Center for Natural Lands Management joined us at the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve just outside Olympia to remove scotch broom and gather Douglas Fir seedlings.

At our trail work party in the Yacolt Burn State Forest, volunteers and partners from the Jones Creek Trail Riders hardened trail surfaces, repaired water bars, hauled gravel, and brushed trails.

Volunteers and DNR: An enduring partnership 
Volunteers are an integral part of keeping our recreation areas safe and functional. In 2014, DNR’s dedicated volunteers donated more than 75,000 hours, making it the most productive year for our volunteers ever.

Join the effort 
For more information about volunteering, visit our website at From work parties around the state, campground host openings, and opportunities to protect our lands through our Forest Watch volunteer program, we’ve got something sure to fit your skill set.

Get upcoming volunteer events sent straight to your inbox by subscribing to our free monthly recreation e-newsletter. Click here for September’s issue.

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a beautiful new bridge

September 26, 2015
DNR's Lower High Point Creek trail bridge connects the 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

DNR’s Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge connects the 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

Not only is today National Public Lands Day, but it also marks the reopening of our full 15-mile Tiger Mountain Trail thanks to a new 200-foot bridge that can better withstand flooding.

A destination in itself, the Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge provides views into the High Point Creek drainage from about 30 feet up and connects a continuous trail across the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area and the Tiger Mountain State Forest.

Enjoy a roughly two-and-a-half-mile hike on the Tiger Mountain Trail from the High Point Trailhead to access the bridge.

The Tiger Mountain Trail meanders through a diverse forest canopy and healthy understory. It changes from a hiking-specific trail in west Tiger Mountain to horseback riding and hiking trail as it reaches south Tiger Mountain. The Issaquah Alps Trails Club was instrumental with building the majority of the trail’s original route.

Lower High Point Creek trail bridge

To access the Lower High Point Creek Trail Bridge, start at the High Point Trailhead and continue on the Tiger Mountain Trail for about two-and-a-half-miles. Photo: Sam Jarrett/ DNR.

The bridge construction is largely possible through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, Washington Recreation and Conservation Office grant, DNR recreation funds and a $10,000 donation from the family of Murat Danishek, who passed away of a heart condition in his early thirties.  The family’s donation is a fitting tribute to honor Murat, who often accompanied his family & friends exploring the hiking trails of the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area and surrounding Snoqualmie Corridor.

Visiting public lands can be such a pleasure, especially on National Public Lands Day. This bridge will will help enable the public’s access to such experiences for years to come.

For more information about hiking and horseback riding on DNR-managed lands, visit our website. To hear more about upcoming trail projects and developments, subscribe to our monthly recreation e-newsletter. View this month’s issue.

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Hit the trail for views of fall color

September 22, 2015

Washington is bursting into fall color and one of the best ways to enjoy it is to hit the trail. Below are seven top spots to do just that according to our Washington State Department of Natural Resources recreation managers located throughout this great state.

Fall colors on Buck Creek Trail

The Buck Creek Trail system near White Salmon, WA has some amazing fall colors this year. Photo/ DNR.

Highpoint and West Tiger Mountain Trailhead
Don’t miss the maple trees along Bus and Nook trails and at the beginning of West Tiger No. 3.

West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, just outside of Issaquah, is open to hikers and leashed dogs.

Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead
Take the Rattlesnake Trail, as opposed to the much busier Rattlesnake Ridge trail, for maple trees at the beginning of hike followed by views of Rattlesnake Lake, Grand Prospect, and East Peak.

The trail is just outside of Snoqualmie and open to hikers and leashed dogs.

Whites Ridge Trailhead
South of Yakima, this ridgeline trail in the Ahtanum State Forest provides views of Mount Adams and the Yakima Valley.

The trail also takes you along creeks and through forested areas. It’s open to hikers, horses, and leashed dogs. (more…)


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