Target shooting to be replaced by biking trails
Mountain biking is pushing target shooting out of the Hansen Creek area in the Interstate 90 corridor in the Snoqualmie Ranger District of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
The U.S. Forest Service closed the Hansen Creek gravel pit in November for work on a new trailhead that will include new mountain biking trails that are expected to be finished by spring, according to a news release from the Forest Service.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are building the mountain bike trails. Many of the new trails are being created by converting old logging roads.
The area is expected to remain closed to target shooting after the work is finished. Forest Service regulations prohibit discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a residence, campsite or developed recreation site. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and imprisoned up to six months in jail.