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A new trail at Hazel Wolf Preserve

Posted by Alyssa Sunderland at Mar 13, 2008 12:50 PM |

This past winter, in partnership with the Cascade Land Conservancy, WTA volunteer trail crews constructed a 0.5 mile connector trail within Hazel Wolf Wetlands Preserve, a 116-acre wetland wildlife preserve situated in Sammamish. The new trail will connect the previously established trail within Hazel Wolf Preserve, Ann's Walking Path, to the adjacent 1.2 mile loop trail within Beaver Lake Preserve, which was completed by WTA volunteer crews in early 2007.  From the new Beaver Lake Preserve parking lot, the connector trail begins at the most northwest corner of the loop trail.

Hazel Wolf Trail crew
WTA trail crew members pose on the new bridge on the recently completed Hazel Wolf Trail near the Beaver Lake Preserve in Sammamish.

WTA collaborated with the Cascade Land Conservancy to ensure that this new trail made the least amount of impact on this unique area. The trail was constructed in a primitive manner, similar to Ann's Walking Path. WTA did use any outside material (gravel or otherwise) to surface the trail.

WTA also constructed a single-log stringer bridge, using native material, that carries the trail over a wet area. The span of the bridge is roughly 24-feet, and a native Douglas Fir, a victim of last year's windstorm, was peeled, cut and placed for this purpose.

118 volunteers contributed to this project, which took only 17 days to complete.  So, check it out!

Bikes are not permitted and equestrians are allowed only on west side of trail.