Projects to enhance your outdoor experiences


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Current DNR recreation projects
DNR is hard at work planning and developing recreation across millions of acres of state trust lands. Here are some of our current projects on some of your favorite landscapes. To stay up to date with all our recreation efforts, subscribe to our free monthly recreation e-newsletter and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area, Near North Bend

Mount TeneriffeDNR opened a new trailhead in July 2017 to provide hiking access to the Mount Teneriffe Trail, which includes a summit viewpoint and access to a waterfall. The trailhead also helps connect hikers to the broader Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area trail system.

The department is seeking to acquire funding in order to develop a connector trail east from the Mount Teneriffe Trailhead location, which would provide access to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Trail leading visitors further into the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River valley on the slopes north of the river. This trail connection is currently being designed.
In addition, in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the new Oxbow Loop Trail located up the Middle Fork River valley opened Spring 2019. The new family-friendly hiking opportunity provides opportunities for views of the Oxbow, Middle Fork River, and surrounding mountains. 
DNR is also in the trail design process for a new hiking trail opportunity located east of Mount Teneriffe, on Green Mountain. The department was awarded grant funds to design and construct a new trail that will provide a designated hiking trail to the Last Chance Promontory viewpoint and potentially offer a loop hike. Trail development is targeted to break ground by late Spring 2020 after full design and outreach to stakeholders.
For more information contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Capitol State Forest, near Olympia

DNR is bringing enhanced amenities to Capitol State Forest campgrounds and trailheads. We will be putting two new toilets and expanded parking at Mima Falls Trailheads, popular for horseback riding; new toilets at Fall Creek Campground and trailhead; and a new shelter and unloading ramp at Middle Waddle day-use area. Middle Waddel Campground and trailhead improvements will also include paved approaches and parking areas.

For more information contact Phil Wolff by phone at 360-902-1435 or by email at

Dragoon Creek Campground, near Spokane

A 23-campsite campground north of Spokane, Dragoon Creek Campground is surrounded by 140 of forested state trust lands. Dragoon Creek runs through the campground, making water quality critically important. DNR is replacing six outdated outhouses with three new CXTs. Other enhanced amenities will also include gravel for campsites, trails, and fire pits.

For more information contact Kyle Pomrankey by phone at 509-685-2719 or by email at

East Tiger Mountain, near North Issaquah

In the third phase of trail building on East Tiger Mountain, in collaboration with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, DNR has recently developed 5 miles of additional trail to complete trail connections and provide loop opportunities with diverse difficulty levels. Recent trail additions include Master Link, Inside Passage, The Legend, Megafauna, East Bound & Down, and N.O.T.G. to bring the system’s total mileage to over 25 miles. Grants have been secured to help develop a portion of a future trail connection to the Preston Community, a new viewpoint shelter and ascent trail connection to the top of east Tiger Summit, and equestrian connection between Tiger Summit Trailhead and the South Tiger Mountain trail network.

In addition, future work will seek to develop 2-miles of additional trail that will provide an ascent alternative to the Crossover Road improving central trail system connectivity, as well as a descent option at the western end of Inside Passage Trail.  In addition, DNR, in collaboration with the Back Country Horseman of Washington and Issaquah Alps Trails Club, will seek to develop trail connections from Tiger Summit Trailhead directly to equestrian and hiking trail system areas on Tiger Mountain State Forest. Design work has also began to renovate and expand the current Tiger Summit Trailhead to accommodate more parking.  Construction will occur once trailhead development funds are secured.
For more information contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Elbe Hills State Forest, near Eatonville

With 14 miles of off-road-vehicle trails open year-round, the Elbe Hills Off-Road Vehicle trail system in our Elbe Hills State Forest draws about 10,000 visitors annually. DNR is building a new 10-site, 7-acre ORV campground with amenities like toilets, picnic shelters, fire rings, and picnic tables.

For more information contact Joe Chavez by phone at 360-825-1631 or by email at

Green Mountain State Forest, Near Bremerton

This project involves implementing the Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests Recreation Plan, a broad public planning process resulting from feedback and engagement with multiple stakeholders and user groups, completed December 2013. Green Mountain State Forest trail system planning efforts have been underway for the past couple of years, in partnership with a trail planning advisory committee providing feedback in order to meet specific recreation management objectives and strategies for the planning area. Trail system concept planning, design, and field layout is targeted for completion and groundbreaking by winter/spring 2020, seeking to expand and enhance trail opportunities for equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers with motorized trail development on the western side of the mountain as a secondary use. Grant funding has been secured to develop ten trail miles and renovate fou additional trail miles in the non-motorized primary recreation management objective zone.
For more information, contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Manastash Ridge trails, near Ellensburg

DNR and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are beginning to plan for the future of recreation on the Manastash Ridge trails outside Ellensburg. View a roster of our volunteer-based committee helping to make trail planning recommendations. View the committee ground rules. Meetings occur from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at DNR's Southeast Region office, located at 713 Bowers Road in Ellensburg.

For more information, email

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, near North Bend

In collaboration with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, DNR is expanding recreation opportunities in the 10,828-acre Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, which protects native habitats and provides some of the state's most popular trailheads, like Mailbox Peak. DNR will be collaborating with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to complete the upper alpine 0.5 miles of the 5-mile hiking trail that accesses Mailbox Peak summit, summer 2020. Added features will include finishing rock steps and tread work. 

Another project within this natural area and a high priority in our Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, DNR opened the Granite Creek Trailhead July 2017 to provide access to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Granite and Thomson Lakes, located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. DNR recently reconstructed the Dirty Harry’s Peak Trail to improve hiking and rock climbing access in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and the Access Fund. This project opened in Fall 2018.  Future potential recreation-related work will focus on collaborating with the USFS on better trail connectivity to the Ira Spring Trail and possibly other U.S. Forest Service network trails.
For more information, contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

North Mountain, near Darrington

In collaboration with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Darrington community, DNR opened the new Darrington North Mountain Bike Skills Area July 2017, offering 4-miles of new trails with a variety of difficulty levels, including family-friendly options. Approximately ten miles of upper elevation North Mountain bike trails are currently under development for more experienced riders. The upper mountain bike trail system on North Mountain near Darrington had a soft opening Fall 2019 with a grand opening to follow Spring/Summer 2020. View a map of the trail system here. To learn more about the project, visit our Web page.

For more information, contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Olallie Trail, near North Bend

In partnership with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, DNR teamed with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to develop the 9.2-mile Olallie Trail within Olallie State Park, on the north slopes of Mount Washington just east of North Bend. This new trail opened to the public in October 2017.  Agencies and partners are underway with exploring expanded opportunities to improve the current shared use out-and-back trail experience to offer multiple lower elevation loop opportunities as part of a larger trail system on the western end of the Olallie Trail.  New grant funding has been secured to add additional trails on the western end of the Olallie Trail.  In addition, future Olallie Trail expansion to the east will continue to be explored – if funding sources are secured.

For more information contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Raging River State Forest, near North Bend

This project involves designing parking expansion of Snoqualmie Point Trailhead to accommodate an anticipated increase in visitation and developing a trail system for hikers, equestrian, and mountain bikers with approximately 45 total trail miles.  Recently, Phase 1 trail system development resulted in opening 17 miles of new trail in the Raging River State Forest, May 2018. Directly across Highway 18 from Tiger Mountain and in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, this trail system will continue to expand and provide one of the most popular destinations for mountain bikers in the entire state. Future connector trails will link to our existing 25-mile mountain bike trail system in East Tiger Mountain, King County's Taylor Mountain Forest, and the communities of Snoqualmie and North Bend.  Phase two trail system development efforts, which will expand the trail system with an additional 10 trail miles, is underway, with staggered trail openings expected to begin by late Fall 2019.  Phase 3 funding, which will also include an additional 10 miles of trail, has been secured.

For more information contact Sam Jarrett by phone at 206-375-0448 or by email at

Sadie Creek Trail System, near Port Angeles

DNR is planning to add a campground of eight to ten campsites to the Sadie Creek trailhead, which provides access to a 30-mile trail and road system with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver, and the San Juan Islands. Future sites will accomodate RVs and camper trailers.

For more information contact Justin Zarzeczny by phone at 360-460-2075 or by email at

Tahuya State Forest, near Belfair

DNR's Tahuya State Forest, near Belfair, is open year-round with 15 miles of exisitng 4x4 trail. DNR will be adding 3 miles of new 4x4 trail and making renovations to 5 miles of 4x4 trails. In addition, we'll be adding 800 tons of rock piles for challenge trails and adding new signage and fencing.

For more information contact Andy Aschenbrenner by phone at 360-275-0189 or by email at

Walker Valley Off road vehicle Area, near Sedro Woolley

DNR is replacing an old trail bridge in the Walker Valley Off-road-vehicle Area, which has about 36 miles of motorcycle, ATV, 4x4, and UTV trail. The new bridge will serve ATV and motorcycle trail riders on a major loop trail in southern Walker Valley. Being installed by Washington Conservation Corps crews, the new bridge will enhance water quality protection and ensure rider safety by providing alternate options from navigating forest roads.

Recreation Alert: A section of the popular Kim and Monica trail at the Walker Valley Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) Trails Area will be temporarily closed from mid-January to approximately mid-March of this year while a new bridge is constructed.  The project will improve user safety and help protect water quality and wildlife habitat. This project was made possible with funding from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), volunteers, and with the Department of Ecology Washington Conservation Crews sponsored by DNR. ORV users can still ride on the Kim and Monica trail up to the construction site on either side but will need to turn around at that point since riding through or in the stream area is not permitted. See the map here

For more information contact Jim Cahill by phone at 360-854-2874 or by email at

Yacolt Burn State Forest, near Vancouver

DNR is adding 6 miles to the Hagen Creek Trail System, which opened in May 2015 as the first 4x4 trail system in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. The Hagen Creek Trail System also accommodates multiple types of off-road vehicles and features a rock gallery and amazing hilltop views.

For more information contact Sharon Steriti by phone at 360-852-3390 or by email at