Work is progressing on a project to upgrade facilities at the Mazama Corral Trailhead, Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this week.
Grading, utility, and landscape work is currently underway that will eventually bring improved amenities and increased capacity to the popular trailhead, which currently serves over 15,000 users annually, DeSalvo said in a press release.
The project includes expanded parking and new restrooms. When completed the trailhead should have a capacity of 133 vehicles. This winter just under 100 spaces will be completed, DeSalvo said. Previously the trailhead could park only 40-50 vehicles, he said.
Additionally, one-fourth of a mile of new trail will be surfaced this spring to connect the parking areas to the trailhead and Mazama store. Flush toilets and beginner year-round terrain features (for skiers and mountain bikers) will be installed in the next one to two years, depending on further funding support, DeSalvo said.
The trailhead has served trail users including skiers, equestrian, hikers, bikers, runners, birders and general visitors to the Mazama community for over 20 years, DeSalvo said.
“This project and the broader trail system is a powerful example of many diverse community partners coming together to support a valued community resource,” DeSalvo said. “A project like this required years of strong support, gracious concessions, and work from the Mazama Advisory Committee, Okanogan County, the state Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO), local landowners and neighbors, local businesses, and our trail users.”
The project was launched by the Methow Advisory Council, led by Jim Gregg, and was made possible through recent donations of land by Bill Pope and his previous partners, Bob and Delene Monetta, and by the planning efforts of John Hayes, DeSalvo said. Methow Trails is funding and coordinating project implementation with support from the RCO and Okanogan County.