Mission & History


The mission of Skagit Trail Builders is to advocate for, design, and build multi-use trails in Skagit County. We build trails for all kinds of users – hikers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, and families. Everyone is welcome!

We believe that trails benefit visitors and residents of Skagit County. Trails provide a safe place to walk, run, and bike; supporting the health of people and our community.

Trails create a destination for visitors, increase commerce for local businesses, encourages job development, improve property values, and provide low-cost health benefits for those that love and use trails.


Skagit Trail Builders (STB) was formed in the mid-2000s, initially called Mount Vernon Trail Builders, to build multi-use trails at Little Mountain Park in Mount Vernon, WA.

Early members included Jim “JT” Taylor, Jerry Granahan, and Art Tuftee. At Little Mountain Park we put in more than 14,000 volunteer hours, while building over seven miles of sustainable multi-use trails.

After completing work for the City of Mount Vernon in 2016, our core members reformed as Skagit Trail Builders. Mount Vernon now has a group called Mount Vernon Trail Corps.

Now we are building community trails in concert with Skagit County and the City of Sedro-Woolley – the relationships became official in 2018.

Our fiscal partnership with United General Foundation of District 304 allows us to operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our trail work at Northern State Recreation Area began in early 2019.


Our group is 100% led and operated by volunteers. Our leadership team plans, organizes, recruits volunteers, and manages bi-monthly trail work parties.

Our work party volunteers live and work in the community, with diverse backgrounds and experiences: students, teachers, engineers, marketing, logging, finance, retail, public service, kids, moms, dads, and grandparents. We bet that 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, and 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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