Volunteer for Two New Trail Projects in Local Parks
A volunteer at Cedar Creek learns the difference between mineral soil and duff. Photo by Lisa Parsons.
Grab a grub hoe and be the first to leave your mark on two new-for-WTA projects in parks, one near Maple Vally and the other north of Everett. Both are day trips working in small neighborhood parks, and both trails are in critical need of some shoveling and lopping and hoeing to make them accessible to local trail users. Read more about each of these project below to figure out which one to tackle this March!
Create new loop at Cedar Creek/Cedar Downs
Packed with mature forest and boggy wetlands, this little-known park just north of Maple Valley is one of the best-kept secrets of South King County. WTA worked here one day in 2012, but this year we'll really dig in with some new trail construction for two weeks this March.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to build a new trail, this is the perfect place to start. WTA will partner with the Middle Green River Coalition to build a short (less than a mile) loop trail that is more user-friendly than the current trails in the park. The hope is that this trail will bring more local hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers to the park. King County aims to eventually connect this trail to regional trails like the Soos Creek and Cedar River trails.
We'll be working at Cedar Creek the weeks of March 12-17 and March 19-24. >>Sign up for a work party at Cedar Creek one of these days.
Repair Kayak Point Bluff TrailThis little park north of Everett combines beach strolls with evergreen forest with views of picturesque Port Susan. If you live between Everett and Mount Vernon, this is a good distance for a day trip. WTA has been hankering to work more in Snohomish County, and this is the perfect opportunity to get involved on trails in this area.
The bluff trail that descends from the campgrounds at Kayak Point to the shoreline below has recently suffered a wash out, and WTA aims to fix this problem. Volunteers will help reroute the section of trail that slid out and do some upkeep around the slide. If you work on this project, you might get a chance to learn how to build steps or a culvert.
We'll work at Kayak Point the weeks of March 26-30 and April 2-6.
>>Sign up for a work party at Kayak Point one of these days.