Lending a Helping Hand in the Chuckanuts

Heather Carter Community, Story, Volunteer

Helping Hand Grants 2015 Project Update – Chuckanut Mountain Signage Project

What happens when Whatcom Parks & Recreation Foundation participates in a project? MAGIC!
For several years, trail users have been asking for improved signage along the Chuckanut Mountain trail system.
Despite the countless number of people that have become lost and occasionally injured on the trails, the additional signs remained elusive until WPRF contributed funding. WPRF’s generous contribution was the catalyst that brought several organizations together to see the project completed.

The new sign kiosks have been installed at four key trail intersections.
Along with the maps, each kiosk also features an EMS checkpoint system to speed the emergency response when needed for trail users.

Ironically, on one of the days that the kiosks were being installed, a group of visitors from Canada became lost while hiking on the trails.
Although they found their way back to the trailhead, they missed a viewpoint that they had been looking forward to seeing.

These new signs will help improve the enjoyment and safety of trail users as well as protect the park itself from people trampling vegetation when they become off course.

We are especially grateful to Reid Parker of Whatcom County Parks & Recreation and Daniel Probst of Cascade Mountain Runners for working tirelessly on this project.

On behalf of the Bellingham Trail Runners Club, I thank you for your generous assistance!

~Ethel Marie Kitching

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