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 Jack Pass Pit to become trailhead 
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I was checking weather and road conditions for the Wild Sky Wilderness area in preparation for spring/summer shooting, camping and hiking I enjoy.

The conditions noted on the USFS website for FS65 reads an interesting note:

"The Jacks Pass gravel pit will be closed indefinitely due to trail construction of the Frog Mountain trail. Please call the Skykomish District for further information"

I've been shooting at that pit for almost 20 years, and have on a few occasions seen some backpackers head up that mountain. I have not called the ranger district yet. It would be a shame if the pit is closed for shooting and turned into a parking lot for the trailhead.

Quick search found plans for a volunteer work party next month to construct the trail.

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Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:21 pm
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I was checking weather and road conditions for the Wild Sky Wilderness area in preparation for spring/summer shooting, camping and hiking I enjoy.

The conditions noted on the USFS website for FS65 reads an interesting note:

"The Jacks Pass gravel pit will be closed indefinitely due to trail construction of the Frog Mountain trail. Please call the Skykomish District for further information"

I've been shooting at that pit for almost 20 years, and have on a few occasions seen some backpackers head up that mountain. I have not called the ranger district yet. It would be a shame if the pit is closed for shooting and turned into a parking lot for the trailhead.

Quick search found plans for a volunteer work party next month to construct the trail.

Thoughts?


This is a pretty common tactic it would seem... where "multiple use" is used as an excuse to phase out shooting.

They probably had "public" meetings about it to "solicit opinions" but the meeting s were only advertised on REI's website or aired to carefully targeted populations where they could attract only those with the opinions they wanted to hear.

Contact the local rangers and BLM and see what you can find out about it.

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Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:50 pm
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jukk0u wrote:
Contact the local rangers and BLM and see what you can find out about it.


BLM has nothing to do with USFS. Two completely different agencies under different federal departments.

But anyway, disappointing to see this from USFS. They’ve traditionally been “right-friendly” since their mission is business oriented conservation, managing the land for long term timber sales. Since this has been happening more frequently in the past few years, I’m left assuming it’s the result of Clinton’s fascist left hires rising to authoritative positions, while Obama’s fascist left hires have filled the bottom ranks, happily executing those decisions.


Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:51 am
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I'm not certain it is political in nature. I am all for more hiking trails in that area - I have done most of the popular ones already. My issue is taking the one safe, clean shooting pit, that has room for all that want to shoot there and shutting it down with no fault of the firearm patrons.
It is federal land, and shooting is fair game just about anywhere, but people, myself included will be forced to take our shooting to less safe and more disruptive areas.
The Jack Pass pit has long been where the federal sherriff's had recommended shooters go.

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Any Update on this? I've been there once and have a trip planed for July as long as the burn bans don't go crazy again.


Wed May 15, 2019 4:40 pm
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Went to the pass on Memorial Day, business as usual. No signs. No one else at the pit - seemed weird for a Memorial day. Blew my load and left.

Came back to the pit yesterday(June 2nd). Makeshift gate and sign saying volunteer work party. Went down and found a spot near the river to shoot and came back up. Gate had been moved aside so I drove up. Looked like they were packing up for the day. Bunch of WTA volunteer workers only. One guy out of the group holding a clip board came over to talk. The rest - mostly women seemed uneasy at the sight of a holstered gun. The guy seemed quick to try and tell us it was all closed, to which I said I understood but was curious about what he knew about the situation. He said the trail was likely not to be completed for in excess of a year, and agreed with my analysis that when completed the pit would most certainly become the a trailhead parking lot. He really did not have any specifics beyond that and that the USFS ranger trail crew would be out working on weekdays. Everyone in the group was wearing sandals and one girl pulled out a hatchet and started fiddling with it as I spoke to the guy.

Skykomish Ranger station is only open Tue-Fri so I guess I will finally give them a call tomorrow to see what the deal is. There is really no other spot in the area that can accommodate multiple groups of shooters and provide a safe backstop of 75-100 yards like that one did. Hopefully they have another spot in mind to send us before everyone just starts shooting off the road, at campsites or under the power lines.

And yeah, they put the damper on my camping trip last year with a burn ban the day we went out. I wouldn't have brought a half cord of wood and I would have brought a second propane tank. Oh well, we made do.

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Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:17 pm
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I called Skykomish Stationand its permanently closed pit.


Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:01 am
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I've spoke to the ranger station a couple times and have been given very little information. The one woman I talked to who was at all knowledgeable of the district's land said they no longer have a specific spot they refer shooters to, but was quick to remind me that much of the land is fair game as long as you follow a few rules.

I've left a couple messages for the people in charge at the Skykomish Ranger District and have gone several days without my call's being returned.

I'm working on compiling a list of contacts and will write a thorough and thoughtful email this weekend in Hope's of getting someone's attention.

I will let you all know now that I'm not giving up on this pit/District, and I may call on WaGuns help in contacting officials in charge of the district.

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