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First Stage Work On Trail Begins

SWITMO (Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization) members Doug Shepherd and Jerry Granahan help make the dream become a reality.


After many years of discussion, planning, negotiating, and fundraising, work on the first stage of the Guemes Island Ferry Trail (GIFT) began on July 19. 

The 1.5-mile trail, from the Guemes Island ferry landing to Schoolhouse Park, will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to stay safely away from the increasing vehicular traffic along Guemes Island Road. 

The GIFT Committee is excited to have completed this first stage. Continued fundraising is required to secure the required County-specified drawings and permits before new trail ground-breaking can proceed.

GIFT falls under the Guemes Island Library's 501 (c) 3 status. To make a tax-deductible donation, checks can be made payable to the Guemes Island Library and mailed to the library at 7549 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes, WA 98221. Please add 'Guemes Trail Project' in the memo field. To donate online click here.

GIFT is sincerely grateful for the generous financial contributions from community members and for the dedication of the hardworking volunteers who pitched in over the course of 3 hot-and-dirty days to help complete this first stage. With your ongoing support, this trail will continue to grow!

Click here to read the Skagit Valley Herald (July 30) article, "Guemes Island Ferry Trail takes shape"



Hard-working volunteers pictured above are GIFT Committee members Lu LeMieux, Lorrie Steele, Christy Simonton, Maryam Schutz, and Jack Hart and community members Luther Schutz, Carol Steffy, John Strathman, and Larry Verbano. To our great delight, also pictured is an anonymous trail-walker on this newly-refurbished trail segment (even as the refurbishing was still in progress!).

Other hard-working volunteers (not pictured but much appreciated!) are GIFT Committee members MJ Andrak and Deb Strathman and community members Randy Schnabel, Doug Charnock, and Dana Andrak.

Special thanks to Tom Fouts and the Guemes Island Fire Department who provided their water truck to wet down the trail prior to compacting and to Jonah Petrick, Michael Farley, and Tim Hanby for allowing the use of their dump trucks to move the dirt excavated from the trail to the community stage at Schoolhouse Park, to be used as fill, where needed.

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