The biggest threat to many of Washington’s trails is not storm damage or overuse, but a lack of funding.
That is the thrust of an annual report released today by the Washington Trails Association that identifies the state’s most threatened trails.
The trail advocacy group called on Congress to turn around more than a decade of inadequate funding that has resulted in a federal trails system near the breaking point, said a WTA news release.
The report names 10 trails that suffer from a deep, systemic problem on Washington’s public lands, the ongoing shortfall in U.S. Forest Service appropriations, the release said.
According to the report, the 10 most endangered hiking trails in Washington are:
Circle Peak/Crystal Lake, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Icicle Gorge Loop, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Headlee Pass, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Gee Point, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Colonel Bob, Olympic National Forest
Loowit Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Middle and South Fork Cascade River, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Miners Ridge, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Foggy Dew Ridge, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Boundary Trail, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Leave a comment if you feel any South Sound trails should have been included on WTA’s list this year.