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A new trail is only the start at Middle Fork Trails Day celebration

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and CEO of REI and Mountains to Sound Greenway Past President, Sally Jewell, will kick off National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley by celebrating successes over the past decade and announcing upcoming enhancements to this very special place in the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

The National Trails Day Kick-off is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Valley Camp, 49515 SE Middle Fork Road, North Bend.

Upcoming projects include the construction of a new Mailbox Peak trail and trailhead, conversion of roads to trails in Granite Creek Basin and access improvements, including paving, to the Middle Fork Road. Highlighted will be the many years of work in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) by dedicated supporters and the importance of improving recreational access near a major metropolitan area.

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley is a spectacular place in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. A once-tarnished area that was plagued by illegal dumping and unsafe conditions, this magnificent valley, which leads into the Cascades and the spectacular Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is becoming a significant conservation story, thanks to the unflagging advocacy and hard work of many individuals and groups. Over the past two decades, volunteers have worked tirelessly to transform this former dumping ground into a recreational paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, complete with improved wildlife habitat, ecological preservation and resource management in this spectacular, 100,000-acre valley that is less than an hour’s drive from Seattle.

“We all love trails that lure us upward with the promise of fabulous views, like Mailbox Peak” said Peter Goldmark. “It’s taken quite an effort to design and launch construction of Mailbox Peak Trail, but we will have a safe and sustainable alternative to the current trail. I appreciate the public private collaborations and funding that are essential to making it happen.”

Today, from hiking or wildlife viewing in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA to kayaking the Snoqualmie River, the valley offers diverse outdoor adventures in the Mountains to Sound Greenway that participants don’t take for granted.

Volunteers are also needed at Mailbox Peak on National Trails Day, to break ground on this trail improvement project. Additionally, volunteers can lend a hand maintaining some of the area’s most well-loved trails at Tiger Mountain State Forest.

To volunteer on National Trails Day at either of these locations, visit www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer, call 206-812-0122, or email volunteer@mtsgreenway.org.

For more information on the story of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley and Mailbox Peak, please visit: www.mtsgreenway.org/blog.

 

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