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WTA - Little Mountain Work Party

Feb 2017 24

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Darville Trail

This is a Washington Trails Association event. If you have questions please contact WTA (info below).

Help out Mount Vernon Parks and WTA as we work on trail improvements on an important connector leading into Little Mountain Park. A partnership with a private land owner and Skagit Land Trust provides a trail easement into this amazing Park.

About the Area
Aptly named Little Mountain is easily accessible year-round. This 522-acre forested park—just a few miles from Mount Vernon’s downtown area—feels much farther from the city. A narrow road leads to the sub-1,000-foot summit, where Skagit Valley views await. While driving to the top is pleasant, it is far more rewarding to hike.

What to Expect
We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description
We will be replacing the decking on some elevated walkways and building some new ones as well. This will involve removing the old wooden decking and replacing it and setting new stringers, blocking and decking on the new sections. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills! There will also be plenty of general maintenance and trail improvement opportunities as well.

Hiking Information
Our hike to the project site is expected to be 1-3 miles  roundtrip over hilly terrain


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information
Get ready for a great day outside!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Wear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

What to Bring

  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide
See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.

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