Action Alert: SB 5452 – Ebikes on non-motorized state lands

Photo compliments of the Back Country Horsemen of America

This bill would mandate that state land managers allow class 1 ebikes where the nonmotorized trail or road is open to bicycles. This bill would mandate that state land managers consider class 1 ebikes as a nonmotorized vehicle as bicycles are. This bill would mandate that the state land manager …

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Make Your Big 2021 Riding Plans Now – Prepare, Research, and Reserve Soon!

Olympic Chapter members on a deluxe pack trip in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Photo by Sue Sundahl.

You’ve been on Facebook and Instagram and seen all the wonderful places others have been riding and you’ve thought to yourself, I want to go there. So, why not? Just do it! Start your 2021 plans now for most destinations. Get some dates and reservations set so you don’t find …

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Two Washington Regions Remain Active in Trail Projects – Updates from Ponderosa Chapter and Mt. St. Helens Chapter

WTRA before. Photo by BCHW.

Riverside State Park Equestrian Area    By Ken Carmichael The equestrian area at Riverside State Park near Spokane, Washington provides a wonderful venue for horsemen. Many of us take advantage of the campground, arena, round pen, and trail obstacle course. Groups use it for events, individuals use it for training and …

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Fall Riding Opportunities in Washington – Rock Creek Horse Camp, Riverside State Park, and Les Hilde Trailhead

Photo by Patti Sanders Carmichael

Note: A decision on whether to hold the 2020 BCHW Winery and Halloween Costume & Prize Ride is being made on September 1, the same day this edition is released. Please visit for the announcement of that decision.   Rock Creek Horse Camp on NE Dole Valley Road in Yacolt, …

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Alice Yancey and Angie Schutte – Goodbye, Dear Alice Yancey

Photo by Pat Leedy

NWHS Editor’s Note: Alice Yancey, a Whatcom County, Washington, horsewoman, volunteer, and trail rider extraordinaire passed away on June 7, 2020. I first met Alice many years ago (at least 25) when we were both members of the Bellingham Riding Club (BRC). Alice, along with long-time best friend and partner …

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In the Year of COVID Nothing is Sure – Back Country Horsemen of Washington Continue to Plan and Work

The last several months have heavily impacted BCHW. Rendezvous, the Great Gravel Pack-In, State Wide Work Party and Board of Director meetings were all canceled. So were all spring and early summer chapter fundraising events. Luckily, we had a very well attended leadership training for all the BCHW officers in …

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Skagit BCHW Plans Fundraisers – Good Times Ahead at Les Hilde Trailhead in Skagit County

2019 used tack sale. Photo by Marilyn Pineda.

This spring has been difficult for people who are anxious to get out and enjoy the recreational lands of our beautiful Washington State. We can, however, look forward to better days in the near future, and Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) continues to move forward in their efforts to …

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