Here’s an idea to get your new year started off on the right “foot” – participate in a First Day Hike on Tuesday, January 1st at one of nearly 40 state parks across Washington!
These hikes across the state will have something for every fitness level and interest, including guided hikes with rangers, snowshoe treks, fat bike rides, and even a Puget Sound paddle. Most participating parks will offer refreshments following the outings. Plan for winter weather and dress appropriately, including wearing sturdy footwear. Snacks and water are also recommended.
You can check out the full list of events HERE, but here are some highlights:
Nolte State Park: Take an easy 1.25-mile stroll around Deep Lake in the Green River Gorge. Spot woodland animals on this family-friendly hike, and discuss forest and lake ecology with park staff. Meet at 10:30 a.m.
Saltwater State Park: Saltwater’s First Day Hike is actually a First Day Paddle to the boundaries of the Marine Protected Area. Experienced canoeists and kayakers can enjoy the views from the water. Meet at 10 a.m.
Dash Point State Park: Take a 3-mile hike on the beach and through forests with Washington State Parks Foundation staff to learn about the park’s trees, plants and birds. Dash Point staff specifically encourage military veterans and their families to come and enjoy nature in a supportive setting. Meet at 10:30 a.m.
Millersylvania State Park: Enjoy old-growth forest, orchards, wetlands and lakeside views on this 2.5-mile ranger-led amble. Coffee and snacks will be provided before and after the hike. Meet at 9 a.m.
You’ll be able to get in free as there is no Discover Pass needed on January 1st – it’s one of the Free Washington State Parks Entrance Days for 2019.