Reiter Foothills Forest
Updated: April 25, 2013
What's Happening at Reiter Foothills Forest?
New! Submit your comments about the non-motorized SEPA through the SEPA website.
A public meeting about the Reiter Foothills Non-Motorized Trail System (phase 1 development) is scheduled:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Park Place Middle School
1408 W. Main Street, Monroe, WA
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Single-track and 4x4 trail test rides
Test rides will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Riders leave first tracks at Reiter Foothills in August! The first 1.4 mile of single track motorcycle trail is completed.
Construction of the Reiter Foothills Forest motorized system is moving quickly! In April 2013, two Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) crews will be joining DNR to continue trail work through the summer.
Non-motorized trail system: DNR trail designers are getting the non-motorized plan ready for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review process. They also have begun the permit process for the non-motorized trails. Trail construction for the non-motorized trails should begin summer of 2013.
Volunteers: An integral part of reopening Reiter Foothills Forest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up to get regular updates and visit DNR's volunteer calendar about Reiter and announcements about volunteer opportunities.
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.