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Mount Si Trail Faces Closures

January 6th, 2010 at Wed, 6th, 2010 at 2:54 pm by Chad Coleman

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A shortfall in state funding has made the Washington Department of Natural Resources look to close amenities, and possibly access, at several popular trails in the Snoqualmie Valley and Cascade foothills. I recently photographed the Mount Si trailhead and facilites for a story in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. More images after the jump…

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Bathrooms at the Mount Si trailhead are currently serviced by cleaner contracted by the DNR.

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At left, Kelly Heintz, Natural Areas Manager for Washington Department of Natural Resources, visits the newly installed pedestrian bridge at the Mount Si trailhead. She predicts deterioration of trails and bridges in the event of a long-term closure. “People would still come,” Heintz said. “There would be quite a bit of litter and a lot of human waste.”

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Bridges, such as this one constructed last year at the Mount Si trailhead, could fall into disrepair and users may then trek through streams cuasing concern for environmental damage.

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Moss covered branches are plentiful at the Mount Si trailhead.


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