Mission & History

OUR MISSION

The mission of Skagit Trail Builders is to design, build and maintain multi-use community trails for all kinds of users. Hikers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and families. Everyone is welcome!

We believe that trails benefit the residents of Skagit County and visitors in many ways. Trails provide a safe place to walk, run, and bike – for fun, recreation, and transportation – while supporting the health of people and our community.

The economic benefits of developing a community trail system are many. They include increased commerce for local businesses, job development, improved property values, as well as providing low-cost health benefits for users. Community trails make neighborhoods friendlier, safer, and more inclusive!

OUR HISTORY

Skagit Trail Builders (STB) began in the mid-2000s as Mount Vernon Trail Builders, building multi-use trails at Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, WA. Early members included Jim “JT” Taylor, Jerry Granahan, and Art Tuftee.

In our seven years at Little Mountain Park (back then it was called Mount Vernon Trail Builders, now the group is known as Mount Vernon Trail Corps), we enjoyed amazing community support and amassed over 14,000 volunteer hours; building and maintaining seven miles of high quality and sustainable multi-use trails.

After completing work for the City of Mount Vernon in 2016, our core members reformed as Skagit Trail Builders with the goal of building community trails in Skagit County Parks.

STB’s relationship with Skagit County became official in 2018. We also formed a fiscal partnership with the Foundation of District 304. This allows us to operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, while putting all of our energy into building trails.

Trail work at Northern State Recreation Area began in early 2019.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

We are 100% operated by volunteers. Our leadership team plans, organizes, recruits volunteers, and run the trail work parties.

Our work party volunteers are individuals who live and work in the Skagit community. They come from diverse backgrounds and experiences: students, teachers, engineers, marketing, logging, finance, retail, public service, kids, moms, dads, grandparents…..well, you get the idea! Each volunteer brings unique perspective and skills to the project and everyone’s work is greatly appreciated.

Our work parties are family-friendly and fun. We have work for all ages, sizes, abilities, an skills. Check our schedule, then sign up for the next work party.

Executive Director JT (in the straw hat) and a few friends officially opened up the new Pump House Bridge to foot traffic on June 25, 2022.
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