National Trails Day! Volunteers from the WMBC, WTA and GBRC were motivated to get going on Stewart Mountain.
Well, it was a long time coming, but we finally put tools into the dirt on Stewart Mountain on what will become an up-route for cyclists and bi-directional trail for hikers.
This project started a couple of months ago when Eric, Arlen Bogaards (Washington Trails Association) and Reid Parker scouted and planned the route using some of the pre-existing trails by drastically taking the grade down on other sections. The goal is to have a 7% overall grade that makes it pleasant for riders to ascend on their bikes. The trail tread is being cut with a small mini-ex and then volunteers will do the finish work behind the machine. Trail days will be scheduled up there over the summer!
Whatcom County Parks Director, Mike McFarlane, kicked off the opening ceremony and discusses the process of turning this area into a park.
Rand Jack from the Whatcom Land Trust discusses the early phases of getting the Reconveyance through the process.
Reid Parker from Whatcom County Parks is coordinating this big effort and is doing a great job.
Barbara moving cut timber from the corridor on national trails day.
The crowd gathers for the opening ceremony of National Trails day.
Gary Bachman and Barbara Karabin clearing the corridor.
Jimmy, Barbara and Reid hamming it up at the end of National Trails Day on Stewart Mountain.
Thumbs up to a day of cutting corridor on Stewart Mountain!