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Trail construction at Reiter Foothills Forest 2012 

Reiter Foothills Forest

Updated: May 13, 2015

ORV Trails at Reiter Foothills Forest Open for Weekends!
Completed motorized recreation trails in Reiter Foothills Forest are open on weekends.  We have started summer hours early and are open until Labor Day according to the schedule below.

Fridays 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sundays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

We will also be open on the following holidays from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m:

- Memorial Day, Monday, May 25
- Independence Day, Friday, July 3
- Labor Day, Monday, September 7

We currently have about 3 miles of ATV/single track trail, 3.5 miles of single track trail, and about 2 1/3 miles of challenging 4x4 trail.  We also have an 8.9-acre area dedicated for trials bikes.  All trails and access will be closed for public safety Monday through Thursday due to construction activities on new trails.

New trails planned for construction this season include:
- An additional 2 miles of more challenging Single-Track Trail.
- The most advanced 4x4 challenge trail we have built to date (about 1/3rd mile).
- Two more green level trails (about 1 mile each).

Print maps and rules of open trails before you visit:
Reiter Overall Map
Single-track Motorcycle Map 
4x4 Map
Motorized Trail Rules
4x4 Technical Trail Guidelines

Check out DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog for more information on Reiter Foothills.

Where is Reiter Foothills?
The 10,000-acre Reiter Foothills State Forest is a continuous block of forest land located in Snohomish County 30 miles east of Everett between Gold Bar and Index. The state forest is sandwiched between Highway 2 and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Directions To Reiter Foothills
  -  From Gold Bar, Washington, east on State Highway 2.
  -  Turn left on Reiter Road. After 1 mile stay to the right at the ‘Y’ in the road and continue on Reiter Road.
  -  Left after 3.2 miles onto a DNR forest road commonly known as Deer Flats Road.
  -  Continue to the parking area, which will be marked.

Important Safety Message
For the safety of trail users, and resource protection, DNR stresses the importance of staying on designated trails. Trails without signage are not designated trails and, therefore, are illegal to ride. Use of trails still under construction will add to the cost of construction and pose a dangerous risk to riders and DNR staff. It is important that riders obey posted signs and stay off unsigned or closed trails. Check kiosks upon arrival for updated openings and closures.

Please report illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or

Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers have been an integral part of planning, designing, and reopening Reiter Foothills Forest and will continue to play a major role in its ongoing development. DNR routinely schedules work parties, field visits, trainings, and trail development meetings. If you would like to help in any of these efforts, please send an email to, or sign up to get regular updates and visit the DNR volunteer calendar for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Focus Group Meetings
The Reiter Foothills Focus Group meetings are open for all to attend. These are a great way to hear firsthand about the progress at Reiter and to provide your input on recreation planning. Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month. They are held in the East Public Meeting Room in the Snohomish County Building at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett.

Recreation Planning

Recreation Plan guides management in the area
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released the final Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan on April 22, 2010. The plan guides the sustainable management of recreation in the area, while providing a variety of enjoyable, safe, and challenging recreation experiences.

>> Download the Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan (3.4 MB PDF)  
>> Concept map of planning area (4.3 MB PDF)
>> Reiter Foothill Forest Recreation Plan — Final SEPA determination documents
>> Reiter Foothills Forest proposed motorized trail system — Final SEPA determination documents
>> Reiter Foothills Forest proposed non-motorized trail system -- Final SEPA determination documents

Why the focus on recreation planning in Reiter?
Thousands of visitors annually use the trails and facilities in Reiter Foothills Forest to enjoy off-road vehicle riding, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. The southern portion, in particular, has been increasingly popular for ATV, motorcycle, and 4x4 use.

The popularity of this undeveloped area led to overuse, with a great deal of environmental damage occurring in stream and streamside habitats. DNR, the Departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife, and the Tulalip Tribes have jointly identified some interim measures to protect the area against further damage.

More on Trail Design
As part of the trail design for Reiter Foothills Forest, DNR is using rock – as needed – for surfacing the new motorized trails. Rock surfacing helps reduce the potential for resource damage, protects water quality, allows for the maximum season of use, and decreases the cost to maintain the trails.

We don’t expect that every section of every trail at Reiter will need to be rocked. Engineers and planners will determine how much rock will be needed and where it will be applied as they stake out each trail. Trail segments that have enough native rock in the soil to be stable will remain native surface.  When using rock, our goal is to avoid resource damage such as trail braiding, soil compaction, erosion, and sediment delivery.

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Daniel Christian
Recreation Maintenance & Construction Steward

Benjamin Hale
Cascade District Recreation Manager