Much of NKTA's work involves promoting trails and obtaining grants to expand or improve them. It is a relief to get out and actually work on them. We are looking forward to several opportunities to do so this year, so get out your trails tools and be ready to go! REI grants will provide funding for the following projects in the Port Gamble Heritage Park this summer:
- Aug. 13 Beaver Pond Trail Boardwalk Construction
- Aug. 27 Beach Access Trail improvements
- Sept. 10 Shoreline Trail improvements
- Oct. 1 Stumps Extension Trail construction
Beaver Pond Trail Boardwalk: Last year NKTA received an REI Grant to replace a substandard boardwalk on the Beaver Pond Trail near Port Gamble. We have been delayed doing that work while permits were obtained but expect to receive them sometime soon. When we get them we will work with the Great Peninsula Conservancy and the Back Country Horsemen to construct a 40 foot log boardwalk across the Creek.
Stumps Trail and Extension: The trails in the vicinity of the Bayview Trailhead in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park (PGFHP) have received increased recreational traffic since the parking area was restored. They are especially nice for families and children that like a gentle walk on a foot path through the woods. This project would renovate those trails, fixing tread and improving drainage, to provide a pleasant year around recreational experience. Sign posts will be erected at intersections to provide directions and distances and a map created to show the trails in the immediate area of the trailhead. The project will also create up about 1.2 miles of new trail just south of there to provide additional hiking and biking through relatively level forested terrain. The combined work will add or improve over 2 miles of easily assessable hiking and biking trails. We have applied for an REI Grant to fund this work and hope to complete most of it before the rains come in the fall.