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Three O'Clock Rock

2013 Sustainable Roads Process: The WCC participated in a 2013 public meeting and discussion process hosted by the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and a cadre of interested parties.

Visit the Sustainable Roads web page for more information about the 2013 process and partners:


Friends for Public Use: The WCC has partnered with the Darrington Area Friends for Public Use, a local group dedicated to helping the Forest Service keep their roads open for public access to the Forest lands around Darrington.

Visit Friends for Public Use at their website here:


Ian Lauder on Big Tree 1. Matt Perkins photo.

Funding Needed for Roads
The Forest Service is facing ongoing budget cuts and roadway maintenance is suffering as a result. The Darrington District in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest faces a particularly challenging situation in this regard due to factors related to terrain and climate in addition to the fact that visitor patterns are changing and there is no longer much active timber harvest on the District.

The Washington Climbers Coalition works to keep roads open at climbing areas accross the state. The Clear Creek Road in Darrington is an example of where we have employed a combination of direct advocacy, volunteerism, and participation in public process toward this goal. This road would have been closed ten years ago if not for ongoing attention and effort.

In 2013 and 2014, a Forest Service Contractor ran a mower up and down the road serving the Three O'Clock Rock trailhead. In 2014 the Access Fund, the Mountaineers, and the Washington Climbers Coalition worked with the Forest Service to complete volunteer trail maintenance on the Eightmile Creek Trail.

2014 Blue Ribbon Task Force on Recreation:
Governor Inslee has indicated that outdoor recreation is a priority.


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