Trail Update: Progress made at our Sept 10, 2022 work party.

The smoke from distant wildfires made for moody skies, but our intrepid volunteers showed up and made excellent headway on the trail project! We are pleased with the progress made at our first session of the 2022-2023 build season. We were also excited to welcome back our regular volunteer crew after a long summer and get to know several new volunteers.

Our Sept 10 work party was focused on building up a 500-foot section of the new Pump House Loop Trail that is prone to flooding in the winter months. We want this trail to be accessible year-round, so we need to install culverts and lots and lots of rock.

Here’s what we accomplished at our Sept 10 work party:

  • Leveled and raked about 500 feet of trail
  • Prepped areas where culverts will be set
  • Placed and stapled landscape cloth to suppress weeds in the trail tread
  • Set the first culvert and built up the level of the trail around it with rock and gravel

Now we are in a race against the rainy season – we hope to complete this portion of the trail by the end of October. Our focus for the next 3-4 work parties will be on setting culverts and building up the level of the trail in this area. We need many hands to get this done.

We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities. Everyone can be involved in creating this amazing community asset! We welcome individuals, families, community groups, and employee volunteer teams.

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Published by Jenny Sandbo

Jenny Sandbo is a communications professional, trail advocate, hiker, mountain biker, and mom. She's been volunteering with Skagit Trail Builders since 2012, serving as the communications manager since early 2022. Jenny believes that safe access to outdoor places is vital to the health of individuals and communities.

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