There’s really nothing like being able to shoot outdoors. There are times where target retrievers and benches are nice, but other times it feels great to shoot tin cans outdoors without feeling walls around you. For shooters that live in the city, these types of outdoor shooting areas can be extremely difficult to find. Even when a place is found, it may take a long time to get there and back. More driving time means less shooting time!
For quite a while, shooters have driven from the greater Seattle area to an area off the I-90 highway up towards Snoqualmie pass in order to shoot outdoors. Up in the hills off Tinkham road is a shooting pit called “Hansen Creek Gravel Pit”. This shooting area has been a popular destination because it is relatively close for many people, and is close to the highway.
Unfortunately, this shooting area was closed recently.
From the Forest Service post on the subject:
Forest Service Closes Hansen Creek Gravel Pit to Target Shooting
New Trailhead, Mountain Bike Trail Being Built
The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is closing the target shooting area today at Hansen Creek gravel pit to build a new trailhead off the I-90 corridor in the Snoqualmie Ranger District. The Hansen Creek Trailhead will access a new bike trail system expected to be finished next spring. Mountains to Sound Greenway and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance are building the mountain bike trails, converting many old logging roads.
Forest Service regulations prohibit discharging a firearm within 150 yards of a residence, campsite, or developed recreation site. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and/or imprisoned up to six months in jail. For more information contact Snoqualmie Ranger District at 425-888-1421.
This news is unfortunate for shooters who are now left to find other areas to shoot in the area. Since the terrain is wooded and and combined with the steep nature of the mountains in this area, shooters will have difficulty finding a comparable area. Ironically, this comes just after Obama’s effort to drastically restrict shooting on public lands (500,000 acres) was abandoned (good for us shooters!).
If you feel strongly about this matter, please contact the Forest Service.