Outdoors

Adventure briefs for July 11

Swan Creek

REI grant aids mountain bike trail work

A $20,000 grant from REI will help with the second phase of the mountain bike trail system in Metro Parks Tacoma’s Swan Creek Park.

The money will be used to construct about 2½ miles of additional trails in the park’s 50-acre woodland area. The existing 2-mile trail system opened in March 2014.

With the expansion, the park district plans to create a regional attraction that will lure mountain bike enthusiasts with the opportunity for hourlong rides through progressively challenging terrain, according to a news release.

The trail system has already proved popular, attracting an estimated 7,800 visits.

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the state’s largest mountain bike organization, is assisting with the design, construction and maintenance of the trails.

The REI grant will pay for construction materials, oversight, and recruitment and management of volunteer trail builders. Other capital expenses related to the second phase of construction will come from the $198 million bond issue approved by Metro Parks voters in April 2014, according to the release.

Besides the trail system, the 373-acre park includes a wooded canyon, pedestrian trails, the city’s largest community garden and a 1-acre permaculture plot or food forest.

Hiking

Take a trip through Quinault Rain Forest

The Lacey Parks and Recreation Department is leading a trip to the Quinault Rain Forest July 25.

Participants will be go through the old-growth forests that surround the South Shore of Lake Quinault, get a glimpse of the world’s largest Sitka spruce, as well as waterfalls, the lake and the Quinault River.

The day will start on the Rain Forest Nature Trail, an easy 0.5-mile loop. The group will be travel to the famed Lake Quinault Lodge with an opportunity to hike the 0.9-mile Lakeshore Trail to the Willaby Campground and back, or just relax at the lodge.

Participants should bring money to purchase lunch at the lodge or bring a picnic lunch.

The trip will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and is for ages 8 and older.

The cost is $35 per person, plus tax.

Register at 360-491-0857 or ci.lacey.wa.us.

Conservation

Building rock dams in streams harms fish

On hot summer days like the ones we’ve been experiencing, heading to a local stream to cool off is a good option.

Unfortunately, people are using rocks to dam the streams. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding people that rock dams like these block fish and are illegal.

Fish can’t move upstream to find cool water, spawn and feed, the department said in a news release.

“We need your help to maintain good fish habitat. Please be a responsible recreationist and do not leave dams or other structures in the stream,” the release said.

You can report dams you discover by calling toll free 877-933-9847 or sending an email to wildcomm@dfw.wa.gov.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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