This weekend, hike or bike the Stillaguamish

September 9, 2014


Photo by Monty Vanderbilt.

Washingtonians know outdoor recreation is good for our economy. Our outdoors generate $22.5 billion in spending each year and attract businesses because top employees desire the high quality of life our state has to offer.

But did you know that outdoor recreation can also be an essential tool for economic recovery? Join us this Saturday, September 13, and you can help communities affected by the SR 530 landslide earlier this year.

Here’s more information from Washington Bikes:

Completing the 27-mile Whitehorse Trail will connect Arlington and Darrington through the stunning Stillaguamish Valley and will tie into the Snohomish County Centennial Trail system. Activity to complete the Whitehorse Trail has gained traction in response to the SR 530 slide near Oso. As the residents of the Stillaguamish Valley seek to recover from the tragedy, completing the Whitehorse Trail serves as one economic redevelopment strategy to attract bike travel and tourism to the area.

Join us at the Fortson Mill Trailhead at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 13 to celebrate the partnerships, progress, and potential of the Whitehorse Trail for helping to redevelop the Stillaguamish Valley’s economy.We’ll be joined by elected officials and staff, as well as leaders from Darrington and Arlington to recognize the great work already accomplished and the task ahead.

Your support for the Coalition has helped secure past funding in the Stillaguamish Valley through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund:

This year, multiple projects are proposed along the Whitehorse Trail and local youth in Darrington need a place to skate. But these projects will only be funded if the legislature commits robust funding for the WWRP.

Join us with Washington Bikes this Saturday to enjoy the last days of summer and show support for these community-driven projects!