The Forest Service is in the process of instituting a road repair project on the Darrington Ranger District that would restore access to key recreation opportunities. Washington Wild coordinated a letter to the Forest Service signed by 13 organizations supporting these repairs that keep important recreation areas accessible.
During Washington’s winters many Forest Service Roads suffer damage from washouts which restrict hiking, biking, climbing, camping and other recreational opportunities. Repairs are necessary to restore access since a number of these roads provide the pathway to amazing recreation opportunities. Upper Tenas Road offers access to the Glacier Peak Wilderness characterized by heavily forested stream courses, steep sided valleys, and dramatic glacier crowned peaks. Deer Creek Road provides entry to Kelcema Lake and Deer Creek Pass Trails for spectacular hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and sledding. Rat Trap Pass Road is the gateway to the Bull Bear Trail which includes access to the Meadow Mountain and Crystal Lake Trails for hiking, equestrian, and mountain biking opportunities.
In addition, the roads up for repair are all considered “high aquatic risk” due to their location next to rivers and riparian areas. This project provides an opportunity to complete repairs and maintenance in a manner that protects aquatic species and clean water while also ensuring recreational access.
These examples show the value of these road repairs to accessing phenomenal recreation opportunities and exploring wild, secluded areas in our state through a variety of outdoor activities. Whether you’re a hiker, climber, camper, horseman, paddler, or just looking for spectacular scenic views, Forest Service investment in these repairs will offer you amazing outdoor experiences.