Trail Update: The plan for our Sept 24, 2022 work party

Trail volunteer Jamie uses the loader to deliver rock to the new loop trail. Photo taken at our Sept 10, 2022 work party.

Our volunteer trail builders are back at it this Saturday, Sept 24!

We are focusing on three project areas on the new loop trail:

1) dig blackberry crowns to open up a view of the creek
2) lift sod and clear trail tread
3) set culverts and build up the section of trail prone to flooding (rock & gravel work)

We’ve got work for all ages, sizes, abilities, and skills. Everyone is welcome!

We hope you’ll join us in creating this amazing community asset. To learn more, visit our schedule, sign up page, what to bring and how to get to the trail head.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Who we are: Skagit Trail Builders is 100% run by volunteers! The community trails project at Northern State Recreation Area is a collaboration between Skagit Trail Builders, the City of Sedro Woolley, Skagit County Parks and Recreation, and the Port of Skagit.


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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.

To join in, visit our sign up page. If you have questions, please reach out to jt@skagittrailbuilders.org.


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Skagit Trail Builders is 100% run by volunteers! The community trails project at Northern State Recreation Area is a collaboration between Skagit Trail Builders, the City of Sedro Woolley, Skagit County Parks and Recreation, and the Port of Skagit.

Trail Update: What will Skagit Trail Builders be working on Saturday, Sept 10?

During our September 2022 work parties we will be concentrating our efforts on building up this section of trail susceptible to flooding. This is a segment of the new loop trail at Northern State Recreation Area in Sedro Woolley, WA. It winds between Hansen Creek and Hill Creek at the northwest corner of the park.

On Saturday, September 10th, we begin our 2022-2023 trail building season. The Pump House Bridge is DONE (hooray)! That means we can bring people, machinery, tools, and materials across the creek to start the next phase of the project.

Now we’re racing to beat the rainy season. We must install drainage (culverts and lots of drain rock) to build up a section of the trail susceptible to flooding. We want this trail to be used year round!

We’ve got work for everyone – all ages, sizes, abilities and skills are encouraged to join us in creating this amazing community asset. We will be running machinery, moving soil and rock, laying landscape cloth, clearing brush, digging blackberry crowns and a variety of other tasks that require many hands.

You can sign up for our Sept 10 work party (or any scheduled date coming up this fall) by visiting our website.

Let us know if you have questions – we look forward to seeing you soon!


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Volunteer Opportunities for Employees

Many companies host employee giving campaigns, supporting staff efforts to create positive social impact and give back to their communities. This support comes in several forms, including matching employee donations, tax-free payroll deductions, and paying employees to spend a day volunteering for a charitable organization.

Staff from PNW NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) donated a day of trail work to the project at Northern State Recreation Area in Spring 2022.

Volunteering with Skagit Trail Builders is a wonderful way for employee teams to donate time. Here’s why:

  • Working outside is great for your physical and mental health.
  • Spending time with your colleagues away from the office in an outdoor setting is excellent for team building.
  • Being able to see the results of your labor at the end of the day (knowing you’ve done something good for the community) is incredibly gratifying!

Our work parties are scheduled the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, Sept-June (except for holidays). To register for our next work party, visit our sign-up form.

If your employee volunteer team would like to schedule a work party during the work week, please email jt@skagittrailbuilders.org to schedule a special session.

If spending a day outdoors building trail isn’t for you, but you’d still like to support the project, we encourage you to donate. You and your company can make a one time donation or set up an on-going tax-free payroll deduction. Please contact us for more information.

We look forward to meeting you!


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We’d like your feedback!

Our trail volunteers are on summer break, but our leadership team is still at work behind the scenes.

We hope our new website will help you find the information you are looking for!

We had some ambitious administrative goals set for this summer and we are excited to share what we’ve accomplished. We have just completed a website redesign making it easier for you to:

We’d love to hear your feedback. Take a look around and then drop a comment on the contact us page.


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Trail Update: June 25, 2022

We accomplished a lot at our June 25 session!

Twenty (20) volunteers completed three tasks:

  • We finished the bridge’s exit ramp.
  • Opened the new bridge to the public foot traffic.
  • Cleared blackberries vines to open up the view of the creek from the bridge!

It was a hot one, thanks everyone!

We are on summer break now, but here’s our calendar – its not too early to sign up for our fall work parties or make a donation.

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Trail Update: May 26, 2022

Thursday, May 26th was a warm, muggy spring day and we had a great time working with staff from PNW National Outdoor Leadership School.

In a special session scheduled to accommodate their work week, 15 volunteers logged more than 100 hours and cleared over 1000 feet of new trail! Thanks NOLS!

Staff from PNW NOLS volunteered a day of work to the trail project at Northern State Recreation Area on May 26, 2022.

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Adam, then and now :)

Adam (above) in 2015, then this year.

Adam is our longest serving youth volunteer. He started volunteering with us nearly a decade ago. This year he graduated from Mount Vernon High School, where he served as their ASB President.

We are so proud of Adam. He has done a lot to earn his place on our leadership team. Hard working and full of good energy, he runs equipment and is always looking around and asking “OK, what’s next?” He’s a serious guy most of the time but is known to bust out some pretty sweet dance moves when the mood strikes.

Congratulations and Happy Graduation, Adam!

Trail Update: We Can See Summer Coming!

Berries take color as the end of the trail building year nears. Two sessions remain before summer break; June 11 and June 25.

Pictured (above) we reached the end of the flagging last session. Machine work using a mini-excavator this summer is planned.

On June 25th we’ll complete the Pump-house Trail Bridge and learn what Guest Group has earned our coveted top spot.

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Trail Update: May 28, 2022

On Saturday, May 28th nineteen (19) hearty volunteers cleared another thousand feet of trail. To see more photos of our volunteers, and the work, go to Instagram and Facebook.

Registration is open for the Saturday, June 11th session. Since it falls on “graduation weekend” we expect to be short on volunteers.

Please contact us to become a volunteer!

Jerry, our crew leader, goofing off. Cheers!