Lower Reach One Trail Achieves Final Approval

Lower Reach One Trail Achieves Final Approval

The Shorelines Permit for the Lower Reach One Trail was formally approved by the Chelan County Hearings Examiner in the spring of 2019. The permit application was submitted in late 2018 by the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance. “Obtaining the Shoreline Permit is the final step in our planning process”, reported LCTA president, Guy Evans. The approval advances the Lower Reach One Trail project to the fundraising and construction stages.

The total budget for the new trail is $10,000 with a majority of the construction to be done by volunteers. Planning, signage, and rental expenses account for the primary project expenses. Fundraising efforts will begin during the summer of 2019.

The Lower Reach One Trail is a partnership project between the Chelan County PUD, City of Chelan, and the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance. It will add 2.4 miles of single-track trail downriver from the existing Reach One Trail. The layout will offer a “stacked loop” design resulting in a number of route possibilities. Completion of the trail is planned for 2020.


The Butte Brand Outdoor Apparel Company donated $800 to the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance at the July Lake Chelan Chamber After Hours event .  Butte Brand sells apparel featuring the iconic Butte label.  The company donates a portion of its profits to North Central Washington non-profit causes.  

“The Trails Alliance is a natural fit for us”, said Daniel Zavala, Butte Brand co-founder.  “The Alliance’s mission to build trails in the Lake Chelan valley is directly in line with our customers’ lifestyles.”

Founded in 2015, the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance is currently designing a trail in the Chelan River’s Reach One.  The project recently received preliminary approval from the Chelan County Public Utility District.  Permitting is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2019.  


LCTA Board Member, Paul Willard (right), thanks Butte Brand co-founder, Arturo Zavala (left), for $800 donation.

LCTA Board Member, Paul Willard (right), thanks Butte Brand co-founder, Arturo Zavala (left), for $800 donation.

Trails Alliance Receives Preliminary Approval for Reach One Trail

Trails Alliance Receives Preliminary Approval for Reach One Trail

The Trails Alliance has received preliminary approval from the Chelan County Public Utility District to begin the permitting process for a new trail in the Chelan River's Reach One.   The Alliance, working in concert with the City of Chelan, will permit, build, and maintain the trail.  Construction is expected to begin in 2019.  The Reach One project is the first of many trails planned for the Chelan Butte area.  


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Join the Trails Alliance Board

LCTA Board opportunities - There are several upcoming vacancies to the LCTA board that offer the chance for new board members to get involved.  We are specifically looking for a Vice President, a Secretary Treasurer, and an Outreach and Events board member.  See the board responsibilities outlined below.

We adopt a ‘slow and steady’ approach towards trail creation and so the work load is not great in terms of civic involvement.  However the impact to the valley long term is incredibly significant.  Thank you for sharing this opportunity with those who may feel a calling to get involved.  The Board will be reviewing and selecting new members this fall.

Read the LCTA Vision, Mission, & Core Values



  • Focus on project specific goals and priorities including fundraising and grant writing.
  • Assist the president in leadership of board

Outreach & Events

  • Expansion of LCTA email list via SM outreach
  • Quarterly E-newsletter to email list with happenings & events.
  • Planning and execution of events.


  • Creation of meeting agendas & meeting minutes
  • Management of LCTA finances

Please contact us if you are interested in serving on the LCTA board.


My great-great grandpa and grandma came to Chelan over a hundred years ago.  Their generation and those that followed had it rough.   By the time the chores were finished at night and the family was fed there wasn’t much left in terms of time and money.

They and their generation didn’t have the margin to consider lofty ideas such as ‘open space’.  As a result, five generations later, we have a valley with scant public access to Lake Chelan.   Can I fault my great-great Grandpa Frank Lucas?  Or his son-in-law Ray O’Neal?  Not really.  I know enough of their farming lifestyle to know they had their hands full.

But the recognition that we missed the mark a hundred years ago in planning for our future motivates me today.  While we may have missed the best chances in terms of lake access, there still exist many opportunities in terms of our foothills.  The Chelan Butte, Deer Mountain, Bear Mountain, Fourth of July Mountain – all of these iconic peaks that ring the lower lake basin could be incredible recreational and conservational resources for the generations to follow.

That is, if we had a plan. 

Luckily, the Trust for Public Land, a national organization who has been assisting communities like ours for decades has teamed up with the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance, the City of Chelan, and the Chelan Douglas Land Trust to lead the community in just such a planning process.  It is called the Lake Chelan Community Open Space Vision, and we need your input, your voice to craft the way ahead. 

There are two easy steps you can take to make sure your voice is heard.  First, go online and take a five-minute survey.   It will provide baseline input for the project team.  And second, attend the first Open Space Vision stakeholder meeting on October 5th at 5:30 p.m., in the City of Chelan Council Chambers.  At this meeting you will hear the results of the survey and see some of the initial maps defining the project bounds. 

In both the survey and the first stakeholder meeting, you will be able to weigh in on questions such as:

·      Where should we devote our time and resources as a community in the years to come as it relates to open space? 

·      Should we focus on the water quality of Lake Chelan? 

·      Should we secure access and create trails to some of the iconic peaks mentioned above? 

·      Should we improve the few remaining options for public access to the lake? 

·      What about farmland?  Should we strive to preserve our fertile soils?

We need your voice to ensure the community’s efforts in the years to come are in line with our collective intent.

I’m proud of our valley’s evolution and proud of our heritage.   We live and play in a blessed part of the world, but it can be tempting to just keep on living and playing.  The time has come to craft a comprehensive vision for our open spaces.  Someday our own descendants will refer to us as great-grandpa and grandma.  Let’s leave them a legacy of merit. 

Please take the survey and show up on October 5th.

Guy Evans is a founding member of the Lake Chelan Trails Alliance.