Volunteers working with the Washington Trails Association contributed nearly 100,000 hours of work across the state this year. The nearly 2,700 volunteers contributed $2 million worth of service to state’s public lands, according to the group.
Among the numbers from this year’s effort, work was done on a record 170 different trails. The effort included 636 day trips, 26 week-long Volunteer Vacations and 46 multi-day backcountry response teams.
Work took place in two national parks, five national forests, nine state parks, on state Department of Natural Resources land, two county park systems, a national wildlife refuge, two city parks and a land trust.
Among the work, backcountry response teams and day crews spent 21 days logging extensive stretches of burned trees, repairing tread and removing rock on the fire-stricken Duckabush Trail in the Olympics. At Mount Rainier National Park, association crews helped repair a landslide on the Comet Falls Trail that took out a chunk of trail 10 feet across and 30 feet deep. More than 190 volunteers spent 30 days working to reopen this popular trail.