National Forest Foundation

Mountain Loop Trails Restoration

Supported by REI

The Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest lies on the western slopes of the Cascade mountain range, spanning 1.7 million acres between Mt. Rainier National Park and the Canadian border. As the backyard National Forest to more than 5 million people, the Forest not only provides refuge for hundreds of species of wildlife, but also for people, both residents and visitors, seeking recreational opportunities surrounded by jagged peaks, wild rivers, high alpine lakes, and majestic conifers.

The Mount-Baker Snoqualmie also provides natural capital to the communities of Puget Sound that go far beyond the Forest boundaries. Drinking water, power, and economic impacts are all critical resources that the Forest drives.

As one of the most visited National Forests in the nation, the front-country trails and campgrounds of the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest receive extremely heavy use. As the population of the Seattle area grows, so does Forest visitation and adverse impacts that result from over-use. This decreases the user experience and results in degraded habitat and water quality.

The Lake Twentytwo and Heather Lake Trails are popular trails about 60 miles north of Seattle on the Forest’s Mountain Loop Highway. Both trails lead to amazing views of lakes and are easily accessible for most people during one day. We will work with the Forest Service, a youth group and volunteers to replace both a boardwalk and a bridge, improve drainage and conduct other maintenance work.

These two trail restoration projects with REI will launch our five-year restoration effort on the Darrington Ranger District. Through a Treasured Landscapes suite of restoration work, the NFF seeks to protect the economic and social development opportunities the Forest offers for both urban and rural communities, while at the same time promoting environmental restoration efforts.