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A growing collection of photos of the rail corridor
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Ski Day Conditions UPDATEtracks
Due to the above freezing temperature today the groomed ski track is a bit shorter than anticipated. We have 1.3 miles groomed from the Kiwanis Trailhead to Tiffany’s Resort Road and then a flattened deck for the next 1.7 miles South to the Black’s Beach Trailhead. This flat deck is a good multipurpose space to skinny ski, skate ski, snowshoe, run, walk, ski joure, etc.

In more news - we have homemade cookies from Bobbi Weller, Madeline Perry, and Brenda Bracken! We also have Scott Brothers Coffee, spiced cider, and hot cocoa on our menu. All the sugar and caffeine you’ll need for a full day of being outside in the snow.
We are excited for a great Ski Day!!!

Saturday 0 % Precip.
Areas of patchy fog early. Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 32F. Winds light and variable. [perfect!]

Pictured - Curlew Lake’s 770 foot trestle gets groomed Friday. Photo by Keith Wakefield 

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners presents the sixth annual Ski Day!
2016 ski day

Saturday, January 9th from 10 am to 2 pm
Meet at the Kiwanis Trailhead, North end of Curlew Lake

This year’s groomed ski track is 3 miles long. Starting at the Kiwanis Trailhead and going over the trestle bridge, along the lake, to Black’s Beach Trailhead.

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Free ski instructions, from professionals, and free use of skis, poles, and boots are available.

Rail Trail Volunteers will be stationed on site with heaters, free snacks and hot drinks.

Best retro ski outfit has a chance to win a TIMEX Expedition watch!

Download a map (click HERE) or click HERE for Google map

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  • Do not walk, snowshoe or use wide skis on groomed ski track.
  • Hikers & snowshoers use the flattened center deck.
  • Dogs must be on leash, kept off ski track, and cleaned up after.
  • Pack it in - Pack it out

Year-End Donation

Please Consider a TAX DEDUCTIBLE Year-End Donation to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners

We can double your dollars! - Donations will go directly to the trail surfacing and other improvement projects and will be matched $1 for $1 by trail grants from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office.

As an all volunteer federally recognized 501c3 non-profit, FCRTP prides itself on getting things done on-time, on-target and on-budget, Your donations help our volunteers build and maintain the Ferry County Rail Trail, design and print maps and apply for grants. Memberships are crucial to what FCRTP can accomplish and make a great holiday gift. Joining FCRTP helps confirm the large number of people who care about trails.

2015 has been full of accomplishments:

June 2015 – Ferry County is approved for Phase 3 funding by Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office grant. The total budget for this grant is $197,000 which will include completing surfacing along Curlew Lake south to Herron Creek Rd., installation of a vault toilet at Black’s Beach and surfacing from the tunnel north of Curlew south to at least Lundimo Meadow Road. Ranking

May 2015 – Phase 2 surfacing project completed along Curlew Lake including the section from the east side of the trestle to Kiwanis Rd. parking area for a total of 3.2 miles. Phase 2 access control and signage was installed during the summer of 2015. This project was completed with over $35,000 in donated labor, equipment and materials which met Ferry County’s entire match commitment.

September 2015 – Ferry County Rail Trail Partners receives four year $8,000 grant from The Great Northern Railway Historical Society. This grant will provide for four interpretive historical signs.

See the full time line, click here: Time line

To make a year end donation of any amount please click here Donate
We will provide you with a receipt for your tax deductible donation. 

Thank you for your support!

Skateboard Auction Benefits the Rail Trail
An autographed skateboard sold on eBay on 11/22 for $2,605 — money that will benefit the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners. The 43-inch old-school longboard is autographed by an amazing group of international pop and rock icons including Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam vocalist; skateboarding legend Tony Hawk; Nick Zinner, Karen O and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Michael Stipe, REM lead vocalist; and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame.

The longboard by Gordon & Smith was donated by Spokane City Council member Jon Snyder. The money will go to the nonprofit Rail Trail Partners and the current trail surfacing improvement project to be used as matching funds for a grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

FCRTP President Bob Whittaker has worked in the music industry for over 25 years as manager and tour manager for many recording artists. While touring, he was able to get a variety of autographs on this one of- a-kind skateboard to support the Ferry County Rail Trail.

Improvements continue on the Rail Trail
Several members of the Rail Trail Partners, along with other volunteers, recently woWorking on the Trailrked to improve the rail bed. Twenty foot sections at each end of the trestle were upgraded to the Trails hard packed surface. Those sections could not be accessed by heavy equipment when the crushed rock surface was laid this spring. Using a donated plate compactor, specific sized crushed rock was moistened to the proper level, evenly spread using shovels and rakes then compacted. Multiple compacted layers resulted in a firm surface which is ADA complaint. Fred Wert, author of “Washington's Rail Trails” recently called the improved surface on the Ferry County Rail Trail the best soft surface trail he's seen. Using grants from the Washington state Recreation and Conservation Office development continues on the Rail Trail to create a world-class community asset and a proven tourist attraction.

Ferry County Rail Trail
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Watch the video and get a birds-eye view of the Rail Trail

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Timeline of accomplishments on the Rail-Trail
Read this interesting and informative narrative of the creation, planning and continued work to build the Ferry County Rail-Trail. Step-by-step description of volunteer efforts to successfully negotiating a rail banking agreement; gain non-profit status; conduct surveys; and secure funding. This is a useful two page document you can use to answer questions about the rail-triail. Click HERE to view and download the Rail-Trial Timeline.

By Brenda Starkey, Ferry County View

REPUBLIC – A crowd turned out in blustery weather Saturday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the old railroad trestle across the north end of Curlew Lake, part of the Ferry County Rail Trail. County

Commissioner Brad Miller snipped the ceremonial red ribbon with a pair of scissors acquired for the occasion.

The 10-foot-wide, 770-foot long trestle has been decked and railings constructed on the sides. There are also twin, cantilevered observation decks on each side of the trestle.

The trestle is phase one of the long-term rail trail development, and at the ceremony Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Vice President Keith Bell announced that the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office has funded a grant application that will allow $70,000 for surfacing the trail from the trestle south toward Black's Beach trail head.

Kinross is donating $20,000, the Rail Trail Partners is putting up $10,000, and there will be $5,000 in donated labor that will serve as matching funds for the grant, for a total of $70,000.

Joel Fields from Wilbur-Ellis Company also presented the Rail Trail Partners with a check for $1,800 following the ribbon cutting. (photo by: Nick Vacarro)

The project was made possible by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancement Program.

The project was the culmination of several years of collaborative effort between county commissioners, their advisory board—the Rail Corridor Committee—and the local citizens' group Ferry County Rail Trail Partners.

Goldline Construction, a local company owned by Grant Tolton, submitted the winning $163,919 bid for the project. It was the lower of two bids and came in under the grant funding reserved for the project.

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