Saddle Rock trails will reopen later this month

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The hiking trails on Saddle Rock will reopen Nov. 27 as the first phase of the Saddle Rock mining waste cleanup wraps up. 

Phase one included the removal of waste rock and hydroseeding on four areas on the lower part of the mountain.

The city urges hikers to avoid those areas.  Final engineering of the phase two project is anticipated to get underway soon with work occurring in late summer through the fall of 2020. 

That project will remove the waste rock on the upper areas of Saddle Rock and include trail work, planting of native vegetation and possibly the installation of benches and interpretive displays along the trail.

Both phases of the project are funded predominantly through State Department of Ecology grants.

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