Reiter Foothills Forest
Updated: December 4, 2013
What's Happening at Reiter Foothills Forest?.
ORV Trails at Reiter Foothills Forest Open for Weekends
The newly completed motorized recreation trails in Reiter Foothills Forest on weekends. DNR has completed almost 4 miles of single-track motorcycle trail, 2 miles of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail, and over half a mile of challenging 4x4 trails with obstacles.
The trails will be closed Monday through Friday for crews to continue to construct new trails and to protect public safety. Completed trails will be open Saturdays and Sundays on the following schedule:
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Print maps and rules of open trails before you visit:
Reiter Overall Map
Single-track Motorcycle Map
Motorized Trail Rules
4x4 Technical Trail Guidelines
Check out DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog for more information on Reiter Foothills
Reiter Foothills Focus Group meetings
The Reiter Foothills Focus Group meetings are open for all to attend. These are a great way to hear firsthand about the progress at Reiter and to provide your input on recreation planning. This month's meeting will be an update on the work we are doing in the area.
Reiter Foothills Forest Focus Group meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month (except September, November, and December). Meetings are held in the East Public Meeting Room in the Snohomish County Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
Volunteers: An integral part of reopening Reiter Foothills Forest
"Opening the Reiter Foothills trails would not have been possible without the efforts of the recreational community,” said Mark Mauren, DNR’s Recreation Program Manager. “From volunteering to providing input on how DNR can improve trails, their feedback shaped the superior riding experience users will find on the trails today."
Volunteers have and will play a major role in reopening Reiter Foothills Forest. DNR is scheduling work parties, field visits, trainings, and trail devlopment meetings. If you'd like to help in any of these efforts, please send an email to email@example.com, or sign up to get regular updates and visit DNR's volunteer calendar about Reiter and announcements about volunteer opportunities.
For the safety of trail users, DNR stresses the importance of staying on designated trails. Trails without signage are not designated trails and, therefore, are illegal to ride. Use of trails still under construction will add to the cost of construction and pose a dangerous risk to riders and DNR staff. It is important that riders obey posted signs and stay off unsigned trail or trails that are not posted as open on the trail map.
Please report illegal activity to DNR’s Forest Watch program at 1-855-883-8368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions To Reiter Foothills
- From Gold Bar, Washington, east on State Highway 2.
- Turn left on Reiter Road. After 1 mile stay to the right at the ‘Y’ in the road and continue on Reiter Road.
- Left after 3.2 miles onto a DNR forest road commonly known as Deer Flats Road.
- Continue to the parking area, which will be marked.
Stay in the loop with Reiter Updates
Would you like to keep current on the progress with recreation development at Reiter Foothills Forest? Then check out our regular updates and even subscribe to get them delivered to your inbox. You can also attend our monthly focus group meetings, which take place the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m., at East Public Meeting Room in the Snohomish County Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., in Everett.
Reiter Foothills Forest Temporarily Closed
In November 2009, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) temporarily closed recreation access to the Reiter Foothills Forest to all but foot traffic. The closure enabled staff and volunteers to restore environmental damage from unauthorized trails and to plan, design and build trails in more sustainable locations.
>> News release about temporary closure
>> Fact Sheet about temporary closure
Where is Reiter Foothills?
The 10,000-acre Reiter Foothills State Forest is a continuous block of forest land located in Snohomish County 30 miles east of Everett between Gold Bar and Index. The state forest is sandwiched between Highway 2 and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Recreation Plan will help guide management in the area
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released the final Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan on April 22, 2010. The plan will guide the sustainable management of recreation in the area, while providing a variety of enjoyable, safe, and challenging recreation experiences.
>> Download the Reiter Foothills Forest Recreation Plan (3.4 MB PDF)
>> Concept map of planning area (4.3 MB PDF)
>> Reiter Foothill Forest Recreation Plan — Final SEPA determination documents >
>> Reiter Foothills Forest proposed motorized trail system — Final SEPA determination documents
Why the focus on recreation planning in Reiter?
Thousands of visitors annually use the trails and facilities in Reiter Foothills Forest to enjoy off-road vehicle riding, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. The southern portion, in particular, has become increasingly popular for ATV, motorcycle, and 4x4 use.
The popularity of this undeveloped area has led to overuse, with a great deal of environmental damage occurring in stream and streamside habitats. DNR, the Departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife, and the Tulalip Tribes have jointly identified some interim measures to protect the area against further damage. But the area has a pressing need for well-planned recreation facilities and trails.
Reiter Foothills Maps
Reiter Foothills and Surrounding Area (1119KB PDF)
Reiter Foothills Planning Area (2762KB PDF)
Reiter Foothills Aerial Photo (19270KB PDF)