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Ring in the New Year with First Day Hikes in Washington State Parks

Posted by Rachel Wendling at Dec 23, 2019 03:30 PM |

Free, guided hikes and snowshoe trips will be offered all across the state on January 1. Additionally, New Year's Day is a fee-free day in Washington State Parks. No Discover Pass is required.

Another year, another chance to enjoy fee-free entry and guided First Day Hikes at Washington State Parks.

This January 1, all State Parks will continue their tradition of offering free parking, while parks across the state will be hosting guided First Day Hikes led by knowledgeable staff or volunteers. (Sno-Park permits will still be required.) Explore the full list of Washington State Park's First Day for Eastern WashingtonSouthwest Washington, and in Puget Sound and Northwest Washington offerings.

From guided bird walks to history hikes of coastal forts, the First Day Hikes have something for everyone. Learn about mosses at Wallace Falls or snowshoeing basics at Lake Easton or Mount Spokane. Hiking pups-in-training can earn their BARK Ranger badge at Riverside State Park in Spokane or learn new hiking skills at Dash Point State Park.

Trip reporter KatieMae at Griffith-Priday State Park. Explore a new park with a guided hike, or create your own adventure to kick off the new year.

2020 Resolutions

You don't have to visit a state park to create a tradition of hiking on the first day of the year. Create your own, and prepare for a year of hiking resolutions. No matter what hiking goal you're hoping to accomplish this year, we've got some tips and resources to help make the journey a little easier.