Volunteers building Stevens Pass, WA hiking trail

Dennis and Sandy Evans are so dedicated to the construction of the Iron Goat Trail near Stevens Pass, they even got married on the hiking trail back in 1995.

The Marysville couple, now in their late 60s, have spent the past 20 years volunteering their “free” time each summer to help build and maintain the popular 10-mile trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

In January, Dennis was named the U.S. Forest Service’s top trail volunteer in all of Washington and Oregon, an honor that recognized nearly 5,000 hours of donated work, much of it as the chief trail crew leader.

Since his retirement as an electrical engineer at the Bremerton shipyards, Evans has spent at least two days a week for five months out of each year working on the Iron Goat Trail. In the winter, he catches up on grant applications to help fund the trail project, work party scheduling and the paperwork he keeps as project coordinator under the auspices of the Volunteers for Outdoor Washington and the Forest Service.

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