CHELAN — The Chelan Ranger District is proposing to build 6.5 miles of new trails and reconstruct 4.4 miles of ski trails at Echo Ridge for summer use.
The proposal would improve the quality of non-motorized summer trails at the area, which are now used mostly for cross country skiing. Echo Ridge is about eight miles northwest of Chelan.
According to the proposed action report, the trails would help meet the increased demand for mountain biking in the area. The proposal increases the miles of single-track trails for mountain bikers and hikers, add trails that would appeal to riders of intermediate to expert ability, complementing those already developed for beginner to intermediate ability.
According to the proposal, the trail development would have no impact on endangered or sensitive fish or wildlife, and there are no sensitive plants in the area.
Forest Service officials will decide whether to implement the plan, and what design features to include if the trails are developed.
Comments will be accepted until late November, either online at fs.usda.gov/okawen by finding Echo Ridge Summer Trails under Land & Resource Management project. Letters can also be sent to Paul Willard, Chelan Ranger District, 428 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA, 98816.
More information is available from Willard at 682-4960.