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National Trails Day: Keeping local paths cleared and safe

By Staff
Tacoma News Tribune
A 1987 report of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, created by President Ronald Reagan, recommended all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within 15 minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps.

A 1987 report of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, created by President Ronald Reagan, recommended all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within 15 minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps.

The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind the American Hiking Society’s first National Trails Day in 1993.

This year’s event will be celebrated Saturday.

While the goal is to celebrate the 200,000 miles of trails across the United States, the focus in recent years has been on volunteers doing trail work.

Last year’s National Trails Day included 2,063 events and 330,000 participants. The work encompassed 799 trail projects completed.

This year is no different. There are more than 40 trail projects around the state list on the National Trails Day events website. Here is a look at some projects taking place around the South Sound:

Family Adventure Day at Titlow Park: 9 a.m.-noon, Titlow Park, Tacoma. Help groom trails for half an hour and then go play. REI will have free family geocaching classes, as well as a kids’ adventure area with activites, journals and crafts. Learn how to make your own hiking memory bandana or leaf rubbings. Register at cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/gtp/1074.

Point Defiance trail work: 9 a.m.-noon, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma. Volunteers will be performing trail maintenance to increase trail safety and accessibility. Register at cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/gtp/1075.

Woodland Creek work party: 9 a.m.-noon. There will be a work party and barbecue at Woodland Creek Community Park, Lacey. Volunteers will help spread wood chips, remove invasive plants and do basic trail maintenance. Register at ci.lacey.wa.us/volunteer opportunities/link. For information, call 360-491-0857.

Church Creek Trail maintenance: 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. The Olympia Mountaineers are leading this work party. Volunteers will carpool to the Olympic National Forest work site from the Mud Bay Park and Ride. Register at olympiamountaineers.org. For information, contact Jim French at 360-754-6551 or jimfrenchwa@comcast.net.

West Boundary Trail work: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Washington Trails Association will lead this work party, one of many it is holding around the region, at Mount Rainier National Park. Details and directions will be emailed to you when you register at vols.wta.org/web/web.pl?sm+19495+WP.

Celebrate the Middle Fork: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mailbox Peak Trailhead. This is a celebration of all the new projects taking place in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley. The projects include the construction of a new Mailbox Peak trail and trailhead, conversion of old forest roads to trails in Granite Creek Basin and the paving of the Middle Fork Road. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI are partnering to host a volunteer trail construction project on Mailbox Peak trail. Minimum age is 14. Register at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.

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