As of July 28th

Nice weather is definitely here. The only problem is without rain, our fire danger is increasing. This means you must be extra careful out there. The fire danger signs are out to remind you. Fortunately, unlike eastern Washington, the trails are still open for use.

We’ve been trying to keep maps in the map holders at certain trailheads. If the holders are empty, please let us know. The same goes for Mutt Mitts.

Our hard-working crews have cut the vegetation on the trails so you won’t have any difficulty hiking. Since we’ve entered the warmer, drier months, we don’t anticipate much growth interfering with your trail use.

A number of you hike the trails regularly so don’t really need a map or directions. We are always getting new users, though, and especially in the fall when the leaves drop many parts of our trails just blend into the background. For this reason, we have installed confidence markers (or trail markers, whatever you wish to call them). Some people have complained that the markers detract from the Greenway. We like to think that they are useful for those unused to hiking in the woods. We have more to do, but ran out of markers! We’ll continue when we buy more.

This is what our confidence markers look like.

While the markers show a hiker, it does not mean the trail is exclusively for hikers. As you know, most of our trails are open to horses. The little directional signs on the trail number posts show which trails are closed to horses. We could also put up horse trail markers, but we would like to avoid sign pollution and our experience with horse riders has always been good.

Can’t remember where the trail number posts are located? Check out our map in the Visitor Information menu item.  Remember, you can always load the Maprika app on your smart phone and import the Hansville Greenway map. The app works with Android or iOS. With GPS enabled, you should be able to find your way with no problem.

Want to report stuff? Want to volunteer to help? Just e-mail us at info@hansvillegreenway.org or you can contact Art at 360-638-0738  to make your report. You can also comment on our Facebook page. Something we ask you to do when reporting: Tell us what the problem is and approximately where it is. Try to tie your description to a post number. If it is a tree across the trail, tell us approximately how large it is. If we can use a hand saw, it saves us from lugging heavy chain saw into the woods.

We are always short of able-bodied people to help with maintenance so if you’ve ever wanted to volunteer your time for a really good cause, we’d love to have you. Any time you can contribute is really appreciated! And you’ll get bragging rights for working with us! There is no “required” amount of time for volunteers to work.  We are just happy to get any help we can get. Navigate to the “Contact Us” menu item (under “The Greenway” tab) and raise your hand!