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Trail Maintenance at Middle Fork Trail

When
Saturday, December 9 - 9 am - 2 pm
Event Type
Priority Areas
Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley
Location
Middle Fork Trail
Description

The Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Valley is a treasure for anyone living in or visiting the greater Seattle area. A person seeking a day of adventure could leave downtown Seattle and, in less than an hour’s time, reach the gateway to pristine Cascades wilderness in the Middle Fork Valley. From there, that person could set out on any of dozens of trails leading to mountain peaks, hidden lakes, or old-growth forests. The Middle Fork Trail crosses an unusual arched beam cable-hung bridge, continues for miles through mature second-growth forests with remnant old-growth trees and snags, and provides access to the upper Middle Fork Valley and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

This event is part of a series of bi-monthly events centered on sites within the Middle Fork Valley and Si Complex. Project work contains a variety of tasks along the first 2 miles of trail that may include brushing, puncheon bridge replacement, and tread repair. These repairs will reopen the trail to equestrians who cannot pass the current washout and provide ecologically sustainable structures to handle all user groups, including hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

Project Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Age Restriction
Ages 14 and up.
What to Bring

For safety, volunteers are required to wear:

  • Long pants (we’ll be working with tools, so no shorts!)
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes that can get muddy (absolutely no sandals)
  • Gloves (provided)

In addition, we recommend that participants bring:

  • Warm layers, especially during the fall, winter, and spring
  • Rain gear
  • Big sack lunch
  • At least one full water bottle
  • Small daypack for lunch, extra layers, etc…
Driving Directions
Volunteers will meet and park at the Middle Fork trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/VGyjGdSvq5o From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 (Edgewick Road). Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road for 11.8 miles to the Middle Fork trailhead parking area on the right. Look for Greenway signs and staff.
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