Thursday, May 12, 2016

Comcast Cares Day on the Whitehorse Trail, the follow-up

 April 30th was a perfect day for the Comcast Cares Volunteer event.  Well over 200 people showed up at the old mill site just west of Oso to help Snohomish County Parks spruce up the Whitehorse Trail as part of Comcast Cares nation wide day of helping local communities.

Besides the huge group that arrived in Darrington, there were over 9000 events across the country.

Snohomish County Parks and Comcast made the event very smooth and effective.  Sign up at the old mill site was quick and easy, with coffee and a snack for those people who had driven a long way and risen very early for the 8AM start. 

There were 7 school buses ready to take us out to one of the 8 work stations (one work station started on the trail right at the mill site.)

Team leaders got us some tools and direction at each site.  I was at the Fortson Mill where Snohomish County Parks has recently purchased some land for a trail head.
  The order of the day was removing brush, bagging invasive weeds, picking up trash, clearing small windfall, and clearing brush around bridges so that the recently refurbished historic railroad bridges will keep lasting many more years. 
 The weather could not have been better.
 It was a great way to also meet some new people on the trail.  There were lots of families, and in the area I worked, there was a large group of Darrington High School students.
Thank you one and all, Comcast employees and friends, and Snohomish County Parks.  The Whitehorse Trail is rapidly evolving into a wonderful regional trail opportunity.

There was also a very nice pizza treat at the end of the work.  I guess it must have hit the spot, because I forgot all about taking pictures.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Celebrate Centennial Trail Southern Extension

Snohomish County Parks welcomes you to join the celebration.

The Eastside Rail Corridor is progressing with new regional connection being developed by Snohomish County.  We are all looking forward to exploring this long chain of continuous trails.


Read more about this plan on Seattle Bike Blog here:

Snohomish County buys rail corridor in major regional trail missing link


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Comcast Cares Day, Volunteer on the Whitehorse Trail

 Come One! Come All!!

 As a volunteer force without compare, we will be conquering miles of trail.  The Parks Department is completing repair/replacement of the bridges along the trail, which gives us the go-ahead to repair the trail itself.
While the main highways have been restored for some time, the Trail has not.  What we do will open the way for visitors, and restore another piece of normalcy to the community by opening up this wonderful trail.

To Volunteer, register for the project by going to  Log in as a volunteer and search for the project: Oso Whitehorse Trail.

Plan to arrive at 8AM at the former Miller Shingle mill site, one mile west of Oso on State Route 530.  After the sign in and welcoming, people will shuttle to work sites and work from 9-12:30.  An after work lunch will be available from 12:30 to 2 PM.  You may sign up on the day of the event.