Two types of trails are provided at Sylvan Habitat. Three miles of multiuse
trails are under construction or presently in place. Mostly, they are old
logging roads, so they have ideal grades and widths for multiple uses,
including horses, mountain bike, or people on foot. Probably 5 miles of
these private trails will be in place within Sylvan Habitat before we are
finished, and they connect via old logging roads, through a spectacular
mountain valley, southward to Dupont State Forest. We plan to bridge all
stream crossings on this multiuse trail system using 10 foot wide
high-quality timber bridges. The trail system presently exits Sylvan
Habitat at Cascade Lake Road. It is contiguous to the Dupont State Forest
at this point. A Dupont State Forest Trailhead appropriate for multiple
uses is within about a mile of this exit.
Also planned is a separate 3 to 5 mile pedestrian trail system, which will
wind its way between rhododendrons in the intimate coves between the ridges,
and follow near streams to provide another kind of natural experience.
These trails will also provide access to the several waterfalls of Sylvan
Habitat. Pedestrian trails will also be designed to minimize impact,so we
will keep them at least 25 feet from streams, and we will cross streams, if
possible, where they channel underground (not unusual in these mountains).
Typical multiuse trail
Noon, February 18,2001 - 2004.