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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Bridge Decking in progress on Whitehorse Trail

Snohomish County Public Works has started decking bridges on the Whitehorse Trail.  Russ Bosanko from Snohomish County Parks sent us updated news of this work and we visited this Whitehorse Trail bridge just east of 127th Ave NE (bridge #2 on our CTCSC Whitehorse Trail map, Bridge 702 on the Snohomish County list)

Snohomish Co. Public Works upgrading bridge 702, photo from Russ Bosanko

The bridge decking is another great step forward following this past summer of work on the Whitehorse Trail.  The eastern 18 miles of the trail received a thorough brushing and other access enhancements, probably the most immediate  maintenance need for preserving the trail.

Now the next phase is started.  Snohomish County Parks has had the offer of a generous private donation to pay for decking materials, all with an eye toward getting the entire Whitehorse Trail fully functional.  A lot of work and financing is still to be determined, but we are extremely happy to see the fine work that is evident here.

photo before the work (from March 2012)
Here is a photo taken several years ago showing the bridge with it's old open lattice of cross ties.

Each of the old railroad bridges along the trail were assessed this past spring.  This bridge evidently needed some new pieces as is seen in these photos with the new I-beam.

The bridge is not open for use yet.  There will need to be railings, and the eventual plan also calls for a non-slip surface that will be better for horses in wet weather.  This bridge has the decking placed perpendicular to the travel direction, which seems like a better application for slip prevention than some of the older bridges that have decking placed lengthwise.

 A secondary benefit of the recent work is that some new sections of the trail have gotten cleared of the impossible to penetrate and invasive Himalayan Blackberry.

It is wonderful to see the new work.  Many, many people are anxious to see this fantastic trail provide walking, bicycling, horseback riding, and river viewing adventures for the community.  We can't help but look around the bend to the next section of trail we want to visit.