From Evergreen Trail Guide
Reiter Foothills Forest is a 10,000-acre block of forested state trust land located east of Monroe off Highway 2 in the Sultan/Gold Bar area and Index and sandwiched between Highway 2 and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This includes the Reiter pit moto area as well as lands around Wallace Falls State Park. Some people like to bike the gnarly Reiter Pit trails, but the potential for mountain biking in this area is (hopefully) mostly in the future.
DNR has started a planning process for managing and enhancing recreation in the forest. See below for more info.
How to find it
Head east on US 2. Once you enter the town of Gold Bar, turn left onto 1st St. and go .4 miles. (Note: turn as if you were going to Wallace Falls State Park). Take 2nd right onto 1st Ave W heading east. 1st avenue becomes May Creek Road. Continue about.5 miles. Take right to stay on May Creek Road, continue under power lines. Go about 1.2 miles and then turn left on 429 Ave SE. Continue to end of road. Future trailhead site is on the left, park on grass just off the road.
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Local Points of Interest
Wallace Falls State Park
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DNR has just received funding to do recreation planning for the Reiter area. Up until now, part of the area has been a bit of a free for all, and there is concern about erosion and resource damage. This is a great opportunity for mountain bikers to get some trails in the area, as the terrain looks quite good for us.
There is a huge need for mountain bike trails in this region, as there is almost no mountain bike trails in the Highway 2 corridor between Everett and Stevens Pass.
DNR Reiter Foothills Recreation Planning Committee Info
On 3/28/08, Jon Kennedy was appointed to the DNR Reiter Foothills Recreation Planning Committee. This is a 12 person panel whose role is to provide insight and input to help the DNR make decisions related to recreation management for the Reiter Foothills Forest. The group will work with the DNR staff to develop draft recreation management recommendations. These recommendations must:
1. Be consistent with the purpose and objectives of State Forest Trust Lands;
2. Not adversely impact revenue generation from timber sales and special forest products for DNR trust beneficiaries and counties;
3. Not adversely impact ecological functions
4. Not favor any user group over another; and
5. Recognize Reiter Foothills Forest is a working forest and is part of a larger regional landscape.
Map to Trailhead
Meeting 1 (4/8/08) The purpose of this first meeting was to introduce the planning committee members, facilitator, and the DNR supporting staff. Candace Johnson and Randy Kline from the DNR took time to outline their recreation planning process and the committee’s roles and responsibilities in support of the DNR’s long term planning. The DNR stated that there were currently 74 landscapes statewide in need of recreation planning. This has lots of potential for us.
We broke off into small groups and spent some time with maps of the area indicating where some of the different recreational activities were/are currently taking place but the majority of our time was spent planning how we would work together, what to expect from the DNR, planning next steps, and scheduling out the next meeting. The next meeting will be 4/30/08.
Email Action Alert
DNR has asked for public input, and numbers matter. Even one or two additional emails will have a positive impact. Please take a minute to send an email to DNR.
- Dear DNR, here is feedback about the Reiter Foothills.
- 1. Current Recreation Activities What do you enjoy about recreating in the Reiter Foothills? What kinds of recreation do you currently do? In what locations?
- I currently mountain bike. The terrain and view at Reiter are quite good.
- 2. Recreation Enhancements What kind of opportunities are there to enhance recreation in Reiter Foothills? Where?
- Reiter Foothills should include mountain bike trails. We have almost no trails to ride anywhere in the area, and the terrain at Reiter is perfect for mountain bikes. Trails could be anywhere in the forest, but area with elevation change are best, such as the area surrounding Wallace Falls State Park.
- 3. Recreation Challenges What are the most pressing issues and/or concerns that need to be addressed to ensure long term recreation opportunities at Reiter?
- 4. Public Involvement Opportunties Please contact us with questions.
- 5. Recreation Improvements/Enhancements Please contact us wth questions.
- 6. Other Comments
- Mountain bikes are low impact, and can co-exist well with almost any other recreational use. A good mountain bike trail should have at least 10 miles of trails for a good user experience. We really need a place to ride mountain bikes here in Snohomish county.
Please send your email of support to firstname.lastname@example.org
Info from DNR
The WA State DNR is beginning to plan for future recreation in the Reiter Foothills Forest. The DNR is focusing on this area because of the variety of uses that occur in the area, including ORV access.
The Reiter Foothills Forest is part of the legacy of more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural and urban lands managed by the DNR for long-term benefits to current and future trust beneficiaries and the people of Washington.
The planning process initiated in January 2008 is intended to guide how the DNR manages recreation and public access in Reiter Foothills Forest. This area has a pressing need for well planned recreation facilities that can be managed and maintained to DNR standards.
Topics to be addressed include: analysis of recreational needs, such as trail and camping needs; how best to provide for different types recreational activities; and how to ensure environmental resource protection.
During the planning process, there will be many opportunities for folks to be involved. In the next 12 months, there will be meetings and workshops to discuss, review, and gather feedback on how to best manage recreation facilities and trails in this popular are of the forest. A diversity of participation is very important to the planning process. Feedback from recreation visitors, neighbors, members of local government, and the general public will ensure successful implementation of the plan.
919 North Township
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284