National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28) a Fee-Free Day
Public lands are lands we hold in common. They are ours to enjoy, to explore, to steward. Washington state is rich in the variety and beauty of our public lands -- something we can all be proud to celebrate.
This Saturday, Sept. 28, marks National Public Lands Day, a national day honoring public lands across the country. Coming at the very end of summer, it's the perfect day for hikers, climbers, trail runners, birders, and nature photographers to get outside. Below are a few great ways to spend your Saturday.
Try out a new hike, for free
With so much funding slashed from public lands budgets in recent years, the parks need your help, and the pass will make it easier for you to explore the 100+ state parks that stay open all winter long.
Visit a National Park. Pack an extra fleece, grab your camera and a thermos of hot chocolate or spiced cider, and get ready to fill your lungs with cool, crisp autumn air and take in a wonderful palette of Washington’s fall color (fee-free) at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park or North Cascades National Park.
Hike on National Forest Lands. From aspens in the Colville National Forest to larches in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the huckleberries bushes in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, there are no shortage of spectacular autumn trails to try, fee-free, on Saturday.
Update: The Gifford Pinchot National Forest has cancelled it's National Public Lands Day events due to a severe weather warning. Take extra precautions and check with a ranger if you had planned to visit trails on this forest.
Give back to public lands on a WTA work party
From Mount Rainier to Wallace Falls, we're hosting six work parties on National Public Lands Day. WTA volunteers give back to trails all year round, but Sept. 28 is the perfect opportunity to come together with other volunteers all across America and give back to trails!
Join other hikers and trail users at one of these beautiful locations. You'll meet other great folks, have fun and spend the day learning how to maintain one of Washington's trails, helping to keep it hikable and safe for trail users all over the state.
Updated Sept. 27, 2013.