Morning Star Trails and Campground Renovation

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to fund the renovation of one mile of backcountry hiking trail, six backcountry campsites, and the new construction of three small pedestrian bridges. This work will occur on the Walt Bailey Trail and Cutthroat Lakes Campground, located in Eastern Snohomish County and accessed from the Mountain Loop Highway via Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest 4032 Road. Trail renovation activities will include excavation, surfacing, water drainage features, rock steps, timber trail cribbing, and installation of signage. Renovation of the backcountry campsites will include constructed tent pads, benches, and the installation of drainage features. The construction of the bridges will require purchase, permitting, site prep, and assembly of bridges. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is improved nonmotorized hiking trail and camping facilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Development & Renovation WWRP Grant: 146200 Applicant Match: 41000 Project Type: Development County: Snohomish Legislative District: 39 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1541

Location Details

From the town of Verlot, continue east on the Mountain Loop Highway for approximately 6 miles. Turn right onto USFS 4030 Rd (Malardy Ridge Road). Continue about 2 miles and turn right onto USFS 4032 Rd. Continue another 4.5 miles to find the trailhead located at the end of the road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.