The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) used this grant to finalize development on a non-motorized trail to the summit of Mailbox Peak in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area, located in east King County. This grant provided project funding for materials and construction of the fourth and final 1.3 mile upper section of the 5-mile length trail to Mailbox Peak. Development activities included excavation, surfacing, water drainage features, and installation of high-elevation alpine trail features such as rock steps and viewpoints. By completing this project DNR has provided an improved trail that has increased public safety, reduced natural resource damage with a more sustainable alignment, while better meeting the increasing public demand for hiking access to Mailbox Peak. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is a safe and sustainable non-motorized hiking trail. This project helps complete a high priority trail development project identified in the Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan and was strongly supported from local recreation groups and volunteers.