Blue Mountain Region Trails
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Anonymous
9 months, 1 week ago

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The map seems focused on WW north and east from what I could make out....at least at this time. What are the plans for WW south: connecting the wine regions specifically....utilization of RR ROW...and up the WW River into the N/S Forks of the River? As you know, the Napa Valley has successfully created trails from Napa to Calistoga...considerable federal dollars have been captured in this pursuit via Congressman Mike Thompson (CA 5th District)...perhaps he could be a resource?
Response from Mike Hendricks
Open up a Rail With Trail along the Rail Tracks that head south out Walla Walla through Spofford and link to the Walla Walla River at the Milton Nursery where you could use the foundation built to control the river back in the 1960's by the Corp of Engineers. It could then go either way to link to the Walla Walla River Forks let alone head north along the river and go through the vines etc from that link. I have considered this before and the only problem is that the property owners own to the middle of the river. If you could somehow convince them to allow a trail to improve the area I feel you would open up the region to more tourist dollars and enhance the health of those that would use this path to Bike Run Walk or even Commute at times. Keep thinking how we might open up the area to travel without a motorized vehicle . Three Wheeled bikes could be used to visit the wineries and haul products to and fro. Maybe even bike to the wines and vines tours!!!! I have seen many a trail along a river open up communities to getting involved in maintaining and protecting what they receive in allowing all to see the river banks from a path. Keep thinking about how to link the valley together.
Response from Kevin Pogue
Great ideas Mike!
Response from Mike Hendricks
Come Visit the Yakima Greenway and see what has happened up here to enhance the river access and watch all those that enjoy it on a daily basis. This can be done in the Walla Walla Valley as well. Plus there are many more links to various types of trails that are available in your area !!!
Response from Eric P
Terrific ideas -- thanks Mike
Bob Carson
9 months, 1 week ago

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What about the old railroad line stretching northeast and southwest from Dixie? Could it be part of the trail connecting Walla Walla and Waitsburg?
Teri Zipf
9 months, 1 week ago

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I'm happy about any new trails, sidewalks, and bike paths and I'm glad we're thinking forward. However, commenting on this map is extremely difficult. It opens with it not even centered on Walla Walla. But the main thing I would say about the city, is please get these bike lanes within the city linked up. Don't abandon bikes in the middle of a busy road.
Kevin Pogue
9 months ago

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As I suspected, there are almost no TRAILS proposed on this map - mostly just "routes" that follow existing roads. Really doesn't add much of anything to what we already have. Putting a sign that says "scenic trail" along a road doesn't turn it into a trail. What we need are REAL trails - dirt paths away from roads that allow us to get away from cars, etc.
Response from RC Horne
Agree. We need more "trails" for walking, hiking, and trail biking away from traffic.
Sue Parrish
9 months ago

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Widening of the bike routes close to town is so appreciated. Also opening up Bluewood to summer biking and hiking. But how about making sure there is some good signage to trails in the Blues...just to name two examples, up tiger canyon the trail down the N fork of the WW river as well as a trail out to Yellowjacket point are not well marked. And opening up the trail that goes around the perimeter of the watershed would be great. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work.
Eric Pfeifer
9 months ago

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I echo the previous comments that have focused on using existing rail or county road corridors as possible new options. One big problem/solution is private land ownership. We have to use existing platforms (rail or road prisms) that don't require a lot of work for use. Many of those places are privately owned, so we have to work with those owners to find the access and use that is good for the community. This is hard to do, but as this effort has pointed out, many communities have done this, and we can, too!
RC Horne
9 months ago

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I love to walk and hike. I wish we had more "trails" away from automobiles. Thankfully we have the Mill Creek Trail and Bennington Lake close to town. South Fork of the Walla Walla is great too, but further to drive.
Mike Hendricks
8 months 4 weeks ago

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I took some pictures this last weekend while visiting the Walla Walla Valley. I will attempt to forward them to assist in your future planning for the trails of the area. I took pictures of the Rail line from the Stateline Road area to the Nursery Bridge. While I was doing this a man and his leashed dog were walking along the tracks just north of Stateline. Could the power company allow for use under some of the power lines I saw east of the Walla Walla River at the top of the hill north and west of the Milton Cemetery and or those along the tracks ??? From the weeds I saw I feel a multi-use path would enhance the area rather than the height of the weeds. I also took pictures along the Walla Walla River Dikes at different locations and even saw where a multi-use path could allow for foot and bike travel to the New School being built in Milton-Freewater as well as access to the Frazier Farmstead. If Locked ground posts were put at road intersections like we have on the Greenway here in Yakima the gates could be removed and still allow for maintenance crews to clean, repair the rails,power poles, dikes etc. I will forward these photos soon. Thanks , Mike
Joy Bader
8 months 3 weeks ago

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Like many commenters, I'm most excited by the prospect of multi-use trails (non-motorized), separated from vehicular traffic. I hope we will re-look at only considering areas on public land in the near-future and keep trying for a path on the levees, paths to and near the rivers, on Port property, on property owned by Whitman, etc. I like all the ideas to improve the system as a whole, but when it's time to set priorities and pursue funding here are my votes: 1) long-distance regional non-motorized path, like a rails to trails, wherever we can get one. If you build it we will use it. 2) Fill in ALL the gaps around ALL the schools. We need fully accessible walk-routes around all the schools, and the state and cities and counties should be pursuing this. We should make sure they know it's a priority. Schools serve the communities in so many ways, especially in small towns. This will provide the best return on investment, in terms of number of people using the improvements AND in terms of turning the next generations onto walkers & cyclists. 3) Making safety improvements like paved shoulders on roads heavily used by cyclists. This can make the roads safer for all users.
Response from Mike Hendricks
I agree 100% on pursuing multi-use trails for all ages to potentially use. From students who would be able to travel safely to and from school or sporting events as well as the elderly to just get out and be safe if they desire to use wheelchairs etc. There are many spots to be considered and permission to use public as well as private lands is the key to developing what I see as a fantastic effort to improve the trails you already enjoy. Please keep this effort in place and keep this remarks page open to us all for future use. Use my email as you need. Regards Mike Hendricks
Rhonda & Jim
8 months 3 weeks ago

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Kudos to all for a fantastic job! We love the added sidewalks to WW, esp. to E. WW, as noted by others, but would also love to see some more south of Prospect/Reecer, since so much building is going on here (and prejudiced for ourselves, too!). As others have noted: yes, we do need to keep cars and bikes/pedestrians separated as much as possible because neither groups are paying attention to the others, or the dangers they pose while not paying attention!
Jon
8 months 3 weeks ago

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In the 2015 Community Council Study Enhancing Outdoor Recitation Opportunities, the first resource speaker provided a long-range planning vision by encouraged us to look at outdoor recreation as a catalyst for economic development across the region. Noting that the region already has name recognition from its wine reputation; it could further benefit by establishing a recreational trail network that served as a “backbone” of activity to unite the communities and offer a more diverse tourism experience. He observed that the existing and abandoned railroad network in the region might provide a starting point to build from and much like the light-rail lines in metropolitan areas, a trail network can provide “activity nodes” where economic development can be focused to create synergies of use. The Blue Mountain Regional Trails project has focused on identification of publicly held land only for trail development; which was clearly stated by organizers many times. Perhaps a future effort could focus on working with rail line operators to investigate a mutually beneficial arraignment where the community could share portions of the right of way for recreational use also. Please see the attached links for additional information.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcA_i-CnB0s#action=share ; https://vimeo.com/204098231
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