REI has announced the results of an online vote determining how the national outdoor retail co-op will distribute $500,000 for 10 new U.S. trails.
In the Pacific Northwest, REI will grant $58,790 to Washington's Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, based on 11,758 votes.
An hour's drive from downtown Seattle, this 15-mile trail provides access from the lower reaches of the valley all the way up to the mountain peaks and old-growth forests of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Over the years, parts of the trail have been washed away by the river. In 2015 and 2016, the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and Washington Trails Association will work with the U.S. Forest Service to decommission unsafe or washed-out sections and rebuild new ones.
The nine other trails being funded are in Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Georgia, California, Texas and Minnesota. View the complete list on REI's website.