Over 40 WA State Parks Offer ‘Day One Hikes’ on New Years Day

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WASHINGTON – A plethora of vacation adventures are planned for the Washington state park system on New Years Day, with at least 42 parks participating in the “First Day Hikes” program on January 1, 2022.

Planned excursions include staff-led hikes, self-guided hikes, snowshoeing, bike rides, dog walks, and skiing at various parks in Northwest, Southwest, and Eastern Washington. . All events are free and entrance fees are waived, but some may require pre-registration or a Sno-Park permit.

Here are some events highlighted by Washington State Parks:

  • A 5.5 mile ranger-led hike on the Columbia Plateau Trail in southeast Washington.
  • A 0.25 mile staff-led trip over a paved walkway offering views of Palouse Falls with geological information.
  • A dog friendly walk in Sacajawea State Park.
  • Guided snowshoeing at Lake Wenatchee with snowshoe rentals available.
  • A stroller accessible hike through an old growth forest in Millersylvania.

Park officials have said the difficulty will depend on the event, but several parks will be hosting more than one outing to cater for visitors of all interests and abilities. A few staff-led hikes will also serve as an educational opportunity, with rangers on hand to talk about the history and importance of the area.

The Washington Day 1 hikes are part of a larger national program led by US state parks to encourage outdoor recreation on New Years Day. Officials said more than 85,000 people participated in the hikes. United States in 2020.


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