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How Do You Hike and Camp on Gifford Pinchot National Forest?

Posted by Ryan Ojerio at Apr 24, 2014 01:25 PM |

Two great opportunities to shape the future of roads in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Join us at our annual Vancouver Hiker Potluck and fill out a short questionnaire before the Apr. 30 deadline.

Where do you like to go on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and what roads do you use to get there?

Forest Service staff are asking you to provide your thoughts on what roads you use to reach recreation destinations like trailheads, campgrounds and lakes within the forest. As part of its Sustainable Roads Analysis (formally called the Travel Analysis Process), the forest is trying to identify a road network that accounts for perpetual budget cuts to forest roads, since the new budget can no longer sustain the current road network. They're looking for your input by April 30.

Help decide which roads to fix and which to let go

The analysis will produce a report that suggests various actions the Gifford Pinchot National Forest could take regarding its road system, such as reducing the maintenance level for roads or highlighting roads that should be closed or maintained.

Take action

  1. Where do you hike? Tell the forest by filling out this Travel Analysis Questionnaire.
  2. Learn more about the road evaluation process.

WTA: let's fix the roads serving key trailheads

During the initial public comment period last year, WTA voiced concern over the decline in roads that access popular trailheads. The gravel road (FR 4109) leading up to the Silver Star Trail is a prime example. It has deteriorated to the point where would-be hikers must have a high clearance vehicle and drive very  carefully to reach the parking area.

Similarly, the roads to Siouxon (FR 5701), Grassy Knoll (FR 6808), Quartz Creek Butte (FR 9075), Glacier View and Lake Christine (FR 59) are just a few of the many roads in very rough shape. Furthermore, unrepaired washouts have made it very difficult for WTA to field volunteer crews on the Snagtooth and French Creek trails in the Dark Divide.

Another opportunity to weigh in: WTA's Hiker Potluck

On May 28, WTA is hosting our annual Hiker Potluck in Vancouver. Our guests from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will present information about the issues the forest faces and how their Sustainable Roads Analysis will aim to make the best use of their limited roads budget.

We'd like to hear your thoughts on what roads you use to reach your favorite hikes. Please join us and RSVP for the Hiker Potluck today.

More about the road process: