Among the projects that will move forward because WWRP got appropriation at the last minute:
Ollalie Trail Development
State Parks will create the Ollalie Trail. Spanning 8.6 miles, the Olallie Trail will provide a unique opportunity for trail users to explore a dramatic and previously inaccessible area of Olallie State Park. The trail will ascend the forested slopes of Mount Washington above the John Wayne Pioneer Trail for 3.9 miles before connecting with abandoned logging roads that provide frequent, expansive views of the broad glacial valleys and the dramatic topography of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The trail will ascend 2,700 feet in elevation and will involve both construction of new trail and conversion of old logging roads to trails. Trail users will enjoy a memorable and challenging backcountry trail experience. This trail represents one of the most important opportunities for mountain biking in the region. This project is essential because it connects the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to approximately 20 miles of trail planned on Forest Service land. It will also connect to a recently-completed hiking route to the summit of Mount Washington.
East Tiger Mtn Trail Development Phase 2
If this WWRP grant is funded, the Department of Natural Resources will develop two new trails within the east Tiger Mountain State Forest. Increasing trail system mileage, by connecting existing and in-progress trails, will create new day-use opportunities for non-motorized recreation. Development of two new trails (approx. 5 miles total length) will enhance the trail system for visitors accessing Tiger Mountain Summit Trailhead from Highway 18, within 30 miles from 52 percent of the state's population, or 3.5 million people. Development of a 2.5 mile-long trail will provide visitors an alternative to forest roads by connecting Tiger Summit Trailhead directly to the East Tiger Summit Viewpoint, offering visitors an amazing view of Mt. Rainier and surrounding lowlands. Development of an additional 2.3 mile-long trail will provide the underserved downhill mountain bike community with a sustainable trail connection from East Tiger Summit direct to an existing trail adjacent to Tiger Summit Trailhead. This project will provide sustainably-designed trails as an alternative to forest roads, reduce user conflict by increasing trail system mileage with user-specific design, increase safety with user separation in a high-use area, and implement the Tiger Mountain State Forest Recreation Plan.
Both have been in planning for a while, but it's nice to see that they actually received the funding this year.
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