Rediscover the Suiattle: Give a Day to Trails (Video)
The Suiattle River Road, a key access road into the heart of the Glacier Peak Wilderness, reopened to hikers in October 2014 after 11 years of closures. Here's a look at what WTA has planned for the area's trails in 2015.
The Suiattle River Road, a key access road into the heart of the Glacier Peak Wilderness, reopened to hikers in October 2014 after 11 years of closures. This long-awaited opening restores access to iconic hiking destinations like the historic Green Mountain Lookout and one of the most dramatic sections of the entire Pacific Crest Trail.
Teaming up to restore trails
After more than a decade of neglect, the trails may be in rough and rugged conditions this season. But plans are already underway to begin restoring the area's trails and facilities to their former glory. WTA is working closely with the Darrington Ranger District and the Pacific Crest Trail Association, with help from Back Country Horsemen of Washington, to prioritize trail maintenance projects for 2015.
The ranger district is counting on WTA volunteers to complete much of this year’s work. In April, WTA work parties will clear downed trees, cut back brush and restore rough tread on trails like Suiattle River Trail.
In May, Backcountry Response Teams expect to head up Downey Creek and the Suiattle River. By late June, the first of three planned WTA Volunteer Vacations—including one just for high school students—will tend to a key stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Explore the trails that need your help
Watch the video below to learn more about the cultural history of this special place and the efforts to restore it.
Inspired to help hikers rediscover the Suiattle? You can volunteer for a day, a weekend or an entire week; no experience is necessary. Sign up for the first work parties along the Suiattle River Trail.
This article originally appeared in the March+April 2015 issue of Washington Trails magazine. Join WTA to get your one-year subscription.