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FOREST SERVICE & MID-HIGH COUNTRY PROJECTS

 

DOSEWALLIPS RIVER CORRIDOR:

Ensure continued stock use in the Dosewallips area while the issues addressing the road access washout are resolved.   Establish new trail opportunities where possible.    Help with maintenance of the horse camp near the end of the road.

LOWER BIG QUILCENE TRAIL EXTENSION, STOCK PARKING, AND ENHANCED TRAIL USE:

Complete the horse trailer parking area widening project at the intersection of the Tunnel Creek road and the Big Quilcene road.   Build a trail connecting this parking area with the current lower terminus of the Lower Big Quilcene Trail (LBQT).   Develop a mid-trail connector to the LBQT using the old Quilcene Point Road grade near Townsend Creek.  Work with the Forest Service on finding resources for replacing the failing bridges on the LBQT and with the Washington Trails Association for the provisioning of ongoing maintenance.

GOLD CREEK and BEAR MTN LOOPS: 

Extend the Mt Zion Project to the south side of Mt Zion by extending the trail from the existing Mt Zion trailhead to the Gold Creek Trail (Pacific Northwest Trail route) following the path of FR2830 (Sleepy Hollow Road).   Create a second connecting trail through the pass between Bear Mt and the Zion ridge.   Develop a large trailhead parking area on the FR 2800 road.    Create a large Gold Creek Loop trail utilizing the Sleepy Hollow Road and the new section of the Gold Creek Trail (former FR 2860 road).  Establish a stock friendly route across the Eddy Creek canyon.

MT ZION RECREATION AREA PROJECT:

Develop a multiple use campground with overnight horse facilities as well as a multiple trail network in the upper Trapper Creek, Snow Creek, and Salmon Creek basins.    Connect to and help with the development of the Pacific Northwest Trail route through this area and across Mount Zion.   Provide riding access to Blyn Mountain to the east and Bear Mountain to the west.  Provide additional access routes into the Olympic National Park.

ATM Comments Submitted to USFS by the Buckhorn Range Chapter (.pdf file)

SKOKOMISH RIVER TRAIL (LEBAR HORSE CAMP)

Assist other BCH groups and the Washington Trails Association (WTA) with the reconstruction effort on the Skokomish River trail located in the Hoodsport/Shelton area and accessible from LeBar horse camp.  Help provide ongoing maintenance at the horse camp.    Establish new trail riding opportunities in the area.

COUNTY, STATE, PRIVATE & LOW-MID COUNTRY PROJECTS

ANDERSON LAKE STATE PARK AND VICINITY:

Assist the Quimper Trails Association (QTA) and State Parks with trail maintenance within the park.   Construct trail infrastructure including bridges and turnpikes.  Work with park officials on opening the trails up to area equestrians.   Develop a parking plan that will accommodate stock trailers.  Develop new trail opportunities on the surrounding timberlands owned by Olympic Resource Management (ORM).

GIBBS LAKE COUNTY PARK AND VICINITY:

Assist the QTA and Jefferson County with trail maintenance within the park.   Construct trail infrastructure including bridges and turnpikes.  Open up part of the trail on the backside of the lake to horses and provide a connecting route to neighboring ORM land.

LARRY SCOTT MEMORIAL TRAIL (LSMT), OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL (ODT/ODT-XC), AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAIL (PNT):

Work with Jefferson County, local organizations, and other public agencies on establishing and maintaining a horse trail along the Larry Scott Memorial Trail route, the Olympic Discovery Trail, and the Pacific Northwest Trail.   All of these trails will either use the same or neighboring trail corridor on the Quimper Peninsula east of US101, whichever maximizes variety for users without impacting area residents.  Assist with new trail construction across Jefferson County.   Provide maintenance to the established sections of the ODT-XC horse trail.  Assist in the planning process for establishing parking provisions, which will accommodate horse trailers.

MILLER PENINSULA STATE PARK (PARKING AREA):

Work with neighbors, various trail groups, and local and state agencies to develop a parking area near, on, or adjacent to Miller Peninsula State Park.   This parking lot should be large enough to accommodate vehicles towing horse trailers.   Monitor plans to develop the park in order to ensure continued equestrian access.

SANDY SHORE LAKE TRAILS AND PARKING AREA:

Widen the parking area at the Sandy Shore Staging Area.  Work with ORM on keeping area free of dumped garbage.  Add more trail routes around the lakes in the Sandy Shore area.

       

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Buckhorn Range Chapter, BCHW * P.O. Box 845 * Chimacum * WA * 98325