Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A busy year on the Whitehorse Trail, past present and future

2014 was a year of great progress on the Whitehorse Trail, and it just keeps getting better.

At the very end of 2013 the CTCSC was proud to help fund improvements on the "Tin Bridge", the first bridge along the trail as one leaves The Centennial Trail and heads along the old rail line towards Darrington.

A year ago we were hopefully thinking of some steady slow progress along the trail, maybe a few more bridges decked and ready for use, maybe some critically need brushing in a few more areas.

Last summer we saw a huge improvement with the tremendous brushing and trail crossing improvements from Oso to Darrington.  Places that looked like this weed choked segment near Swede Heaven Road:

Were converted into long stretches of wide open and accessible trail with new improved access at road crossings for both the public and the maintenance crews. 

Snohomish County Parks has shown a serious and comprehensive commitment to getting the trail open and to fixing existing and developing problems.  This washout near Darrington was repaired so that people and bikes and horses can now pass:

This past winter there was a worsening of a spot along the trail in Oso where Deer Creek rushes right next to the trail.  Thanks to the recent brushing, Snohomish County Parks quickly saw that both the trail and State Route 530 were in danger of collapse, and they quickly worked with other agencies to prevent further erosion:

The list of activity is still growing!  Thanks to an incredibly generous private donation and continued work by Snohomish County Public Works, four more bridges are now ready for use, one is in progress getting repaired and decked, and Snohomish County Parks is working to get all of the remaining bridges repaired.

The Whitehorse Trail promises to be a great addition for long distance non-motorized recreation in Snohomish County.  The Centennial Trail Coalition is continuing to advocate for expansion of the network of trails that connect with the Centennial Trail with beautiful opportunities for hikers, bike riders, and equestrian recreation throughout the area.  Join us in sharing your ideas and suggestions.  We would love to see you at our next General Meeting, Thursday, March 26, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Stillaguamish Conference Room, 154 W Cox Ave. Arlington Public Welcome, bring questions, comments, suggestions.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Upcoming Events: Eagle Festival and McClinchy Mile bike ride

Are you getting out on the trails and enjoying this incredibly mild mid-winter weather?  Is it going to stay this way?  Well, whether the weather changes or not, the Centennial Trail Coalition would like to see you out on the trails in the next few weeks.

Historic Mule Barn at the Darrington end of the Whitehorse Trail
The Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival, February 6 and 7 should give you some fresh reasons to get out.  New this year are some events in the Darrington area that will directly connect with the Whitehorse Trail.  The Centennial Trail Coalition will be out to enjoy the day at the Historic Forest Service Mule Barn from 10-2 on Saturday, February 7th.  Some of our members will also help at  Fortson Mill where you can learn the history of the old mill pond on the Whitehorse Trail which is now a Snohomish County Park.  The day of events should give a good reason to get outside.

While you are in the mood for getting all that activity planned, maybe we will see you at the McClinchy Mile Oso Strong Ride this year that is put on by B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County, Sunday March 15th, 2015.  B.I.K.E.S. Club is supporting the Centennial Trail Coalition with a donation to our advocacy effort from the proceeds for the ride.

Visit us and share your ideas and questions and observations about long distance non-motorized trails in Snohomish County.  We want to hear your ideas about walking, bike riding, and horse back riding opportunities.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Activity on the Whitehorse Trail is Not new access

Some people have noticed some new construction going on along the Whitehorse Trail very near the junction with the Centennial Trail.  Please be aware that this project is a private land owner's access to private property.  It is Not a parking lot or a public entrance to the trail.
This is a private entrance being built for access to private property.
Map of new activity near the trail on private land.
It is very important to the success of the Snohomish County Park trails that the trail users respect the private land that surrounds all these trails.  We all want to be good neighbors.