Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.
The Clallam County Public Works Department will use this grant to buy 196.3 acres to complete the 12-mile western end of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The new trail segment will connect Forks to the Quileute Tribe land in La Push and the popular second and third beach trailheads in Olympic National Park. The new section will run on undeveloped forestland along the south side of State Route 110 between U.S. Highway 101 in Forks and the national park boundary. The trail will provide a buffer to the highway and logging areas. The trail will be 10 feet wide and paved with a 4-foot-wide gravel equestrian path and a 2-foot-wide gravel shoulder. The Olympic Discovery Trail is planned to run 130 miles from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean at La Push, connecting communities, parks, and other destinations. The trail is 61 percent complete. Clallam County will contribute $301,819.