Update 10/5/17: Grant funding approved for developing the trail system at Mica Peak is currently on hold until the Washington State Legislature approves the state capital budget. Anticipated project start date will be Spring 2018 (Originally Fall 2017).
The development of the Mica Peak Trail Plan was made possible through a NOVA grant from the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) and matching Conservation Futures M&O funds. Throughout 2016, Spokane County worked with Alta Planning & Design and various stakeholders to develop a non-motorized recreational trail plan for the 911-acre Mica Peak Conservation Area. The trail plan involved numerous public meetings, volunteer mapping days and stakeholder interviews throughout 2016. The outcome of this effort was the creation of a blue print for Mica Peak that includes renovation of existing trail, development of new trail, restoration of habitat and the installation of four season trail signage.
Critical partners in the project included: Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance, Washington Trails Association, the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (Inland Empire and Ponderosa Chapters), Inland Empire Paper and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
What are the next steps for this project? Spokane County is currently applying for a NOVA grant to fund the development of the trail system. If successful, much of the plan will be implemented by Fall 2019. Stay tuned for updates!