Wenatchee, WA — Just four miles from Wenatchee, the Number Two Canyon area is a popular destination for an evening trail run or a weekend bike ride. However, years of unmanaged use have resulted in miles of user created, unsustainable trails and deteriorating forest conditions. For more than four years, analysis has been conducted in the Canyon area to determine its condition and health. Currently, almost six miles of user-created trails are in need of rehabilitation to stabilize soils and reintroduce native vegetation. Additionally, there is a need for sustainable, local recreation access near the growing community of Wenatchee.
“Sustainable trails will allow us to meet the needs of our community today and into the future” said Wenatchee River District Ranger, Jeff Rivera. “Together with our local partners, we can work across public and private lands for a unique and comprehensive trail system.”
Key proposed action information:
• Proposed trails would tie into the existing CDLT Sage Hills/Horse Lake Reserve Trail System to more effectively serve the community.
• Hikers, equestrians, trail runners and mountain bikers alike would have access to an additional 30 miles of safe, sustainable trails.
• Elk and deer habitat would be fully protected with an additional 216 acres designated as key habitat. Additionally, proposed winter closure areas would align with neighboring PUD and CDLT lands in the foothills landscape.
• Approximately 1.2 miles of existing road would be reconstructed to provide for safe trailhead access. No new roads would be constructed.
• Planned work could start as soon as this summer, but will be phased over several years and incorporate numerous volunteers.
“We’ve been out on the ground numerous times with folks to help inform this analysis” added Rivera. “These non-motorized trails will best allow us to serve our community as we also care for the land.”
In accordance with federal regulations, the Forest Service will offer a 45-day formal objection period on the final Environmental Analysis and draft Decision Notice, which will begin with a legal notice published January 18, 2017. A final Decision Notice is expected in the spring of 2016.
Mountain bikers recreate on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Entiat, WA in August, 2010. Credit: USFS/ Mason Schuur