Picking this up from the Silent Swamp thread since we got off topic. Huge news last week about 2 new trail projects. This is HUGE news! Here's a direct paste from the Evergreen Newsletter:
Two Mountain Bike Trails Projects in the I-90 Corridor to Receive Funding
Thanks to a $65 million capital appropriation for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), a number of new trails open to mountain biking, and long in the planning, are set to receive funding!
Ollalie State Park Trail Development
The 8.6 mile Olallie Trail will climb the forested flanks of Mount Washington above the John Wayne Pioneer Trail and I-90 for 3.9 miles before connecting with abandoned logging roads for a total gain of 2,700 feet in elevation. The plan is to build an initial section of new trail as well as convert the old logging roads to singletrack trails to provide a stunning and challenging backcountry riding experience.
When complete this trail will connect from the John Wayne trail to U.S.F.S. land, and eventually to 20 miles of planned trails on U.S.F.S. land - including the South Fork Snoqualmie trail. As a bonus, you'll enjoy stunning views of the valley and mountains of the I-90 corridor.
This important trail was ranked #1 in importance in its category and Evergreen is grateful to Washington State Parks for their commitment to this trail - and their support of our form of low-impact recreation statewide!
Continued East Tiger Mountain Trail Development
This grant will allow the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to develop two new trails, approximately 5 miles in total length, in the east Tiger Mountain State Forest connecting existing and in-progress trails.
These new trails are major pieces of an exciting network of trails designed and built with mountain biking in mind. And they will solidify this area as a destination for quality riding experiences in the I-90 corridor.
One roughly 2.5 mile-long trail will create a singletrack option from Tiger Summit Trailhead directly to the East Tiger Summit Viewpoint as an alternative to the gravel road climb. The second, approximately 2.3 mile-long trail will give riders a sustainable descent trail from the East Tiger Summit to the existing Iverson trail and Tiger Summit Trailhead.
Evergreen has been working with DNR on the concept for these new trails, as well as other trials under construction and recently completed. We truly appreciate the efforts of DNR and South Puget Sound staff in developing world-class facilities for our important and fast-growing form of recreation.
WWRP, a grant program of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including park acquisition and development, habitat conservation, farmland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities. These grants have been crucial to funding some of our most important trails projects over the years.
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