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This remarkable project came about as a result of collaboration between Mazama area climbers, the National Forest Foundation, and the Methow District of the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo courtesy of Goat's Bear Mountain Supply.

Matrix trail project 2015
On May 30, 2015, volunteers built a new access trail serving a brand new crag near Mazama, Washington.

A variety of regulations and a management agreement between the Forest Service and the Department of Fish and Wildlife make the addition of new trails in the North Cascades region very difficult.

Simply put, the Forest Service cannot allow users to build trails. In 2014 a cimber was working on an access trail at The Matrix when he was ticketed for building an unapproved trail. Local climbers leapt to his defense, however, and discussion with the local District Ranger and support from the National Forest Foundation lead to a collaborative effort to complete environmental review and other efforts necessary to formally approve a new trail serving the crag.


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