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 build the last 2 miles of trail built on the historic 1918 Spruce Railroad grade between the McFee Tunnel and Daley-Rankin Tunnel. The entire 4 miles of the Spruce Railroad Trail in Olympic National Park will receive a refreshed gravel surface and paving. The County also will extend the trail .2 mile north down the Lyre River ravine. This project will provide a safe, 10-mile trail for all non-motorized visitors, bypassing U.S. Route 101 around Lake Crescent. The federal highway has no safe shoulders for bicyclists, equestrians, or visitors in wheelchairs. The restored trail includes measures to enhance rock fall safety and a new bridge near the Daley-Rankin Tunnel. Clallam County will contribute more than $2.1 million in a federal appropriation, cash, and a private grant.