New Trail Grand Opening - Reiter Foothills (Nov 17th, 2012) -

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post #1 of 5 Old 11-19-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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New Trail Grand Opening - Reiter Foothills (Nov 17th, 2012)

Hey guys,

This Saturday they had the grand (re?)opening of Reiter Foothills, commonly known at simply Reiter. This is / was an ORV place about 15-20 min east of Monroe, WA near the town of Gold Bar.

there was only a single trail but I was curious to see what it was like as the DNR was trying to "build" a sustainable yet challenging trail as a demonstration project.

Anyways. . .

More on Reiter Foohills here, posted in the Trip Report sub-forum.

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Probably wont happen but I hope they bring back BYS, and Sac Up trails. They were my favorite

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Did they say if that plan was going to create a trail to the wall overlooking Index? Or is that pretty much gone for good now?
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Figure on this when thinking about any particular future trails at Reiter:

1) Any trails that cross a stream or creek need to be bridged. They aren't going to allow water fording because of sediment contamination concerns (these water courses feed into the creeks and streams near a salmon hatchery).


2) Money is tight, I'm surprised Reiter is getting any funding at all given the current budget constraints in Olympia. So, there probably won't be money for bridges. Besides which, bridges will need maintenance over time and the DNR is trying to minimize how many things will need maintenance.

Yes, yes, I know how ridiculous this sounds, they dump piles on engineers, landscape architects, consultants, rock, gravel, and heavy equipment operators to build new trail but nothing for a bridge? Regardless, where they are building a new trail, DNR is trying to harden it to stand up to a lot of trail traffic. Hence the crushed rock trail bed and such. They don't want rigs chewing up the ground and causing a lot of potential erosion and sediment run off problems.

Also, because of #1 above, that is why all the old trails were shut down. Too many water crossings. None of the old trails are going to be reestablished. The zone for the new trials is all over on the eastern end of Reiter, between the Deer Creek and the loop / u-bend in Reiter Rd.

And, no, I don't think they are building a trail out to the overlook again. Remember, there is that water crossing at Deer Creek. It would require a bridge. It would be awesome to cross on a bridge and get close to the wall, that was a great over-look . . . but I don't think it'll happen any time soon. Besides, they had erected a steel barricade closing off the last 150 yrd of trail out to the overlook about 4-5 years ago. Too many people throwing trash over the wall, causing a problem for any rock climbers coming up.

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All new trails at Reiter will be inside a 1000 acre parcel, no water crossings and none of the old trails. And actually it is not open yet, this was just a test drive as I understood it, for DNR to see how the trail works.

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