Trail Update: Trail side restoration and gravel capping

Our March 25, 2023 work party started out gloomy and cold, but by the end of the day many of us were in our shirt sleeves and enjoying the sun!

We had two main objectives:

  • trail side restoration
  • spreading fine gravel (we call it “capping,” it’s the final layer).

The first set of photos shows the trail side restoration team at work. They graded soil, moved broken branches, transplanted ferns, and spread leaves and sticks. This makes the trail look natural – like it has always been there! A peaceful winding walk through forest and fields.

The second set of photos shows the gravel team at work. Our power carrier drivers walk many miles each work party delivering gravel. Once it is poured, two people rake it out to about 3 feet wide and 2 inches thick, creating an even edge and smooth top. Then the gravel gets compacted to create a solid surface for walkers and cyclists.

Our mission is to design and build sustainable community trails – this requires reliable equipment that can move lots and lots (and by that we mean tons!!) of rock and gravel over miles of muddy terrain.

Thanks to our partnership with the City of Sedro Woolley and the Port of Skagit, we secured a new power carrier! We got it dirty for the first time this work party.

We couldn’t do this work without the hard work and good cheer of community volunteers who show up in all kinds of weather to get it done. Thank you!

Our next work party is scheduled for April 8, 2023. See you soon!

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Published by Skagit Trail Builders

Skagit Trail Builders is 100% volunteer run. Our mission is to design, build, and advocate for multi-use community trails in Skagit County Parks

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