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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year.
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The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.
January 1, 2018, 1:00 PM @ Alta Lake State Park
Meet Ranger John Whittet at the Alta Lake Fire Road beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 1, 2018 for a 2 mile round trip First Day Hike. There is no costs for this hike and No Discover Pass is needed as this is a Discover Pass Free Day.
Explore the flora, fauna, and geology of Alta Lake and the Goat Mountain location with a Park Ranger! Discuss local history and the recent fire seasons, all while leaving No Trace! The park rests at the bottom of a glacially carved valley and is included in a transition zone of mountain forest to desert. In addition, this location is at the gateway to the gorgeous Methow Valley and near the confluence of the
This hike is rated at easy, is not ADA accessible nor stroller accessible. Dogs are allowed provided they are leashed at all time. Make sure to bring hiking boots, hiking poles and hydration back packs. For more information or to verify hike information contact 509-923-2473
January 1, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Battle Ground Lake State Park
Come join one of our Park Rangers, and start the year off right, with a hike around Battle Ground Lake, a "maar" or crater formed by a volcanic steam explosion. The one mile hike is self-guided and you may proceed at a comfortable pace. Dogs are welcome, but must stay on a leash at all times. This is a Discover Pass Free Day, so there is no fee for this event.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Beacon Rock State Park
Help us kick off the centennial year of the Beacon Rock Trail with a First Day Hike up the rock! 100 years ago, construction of the engineering marvel that is the trail to the top of Beacon Rock was completed (April 1918). A ranger will share a few historical tidbits about the rock itself and the building of the trail. This event is dog friendly, but dogs must remain on leash at all times. The hike is just under two miles round trip, and this event is free and does not require a Discover Pass.
January 1, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Bridgeport State Park
Explore the flora, fauna, and geology of this section of the Columbia River with a Park Ranger - all while Leaving No Trace! Witness evidence of the very powerful natural forces that shaped the area, learning what a “haystack” is. In addition, this location is 2 miles from Chief Joseph Dam and some impressive tree art in the town of Bridgeport. No Discover Pass required on this “free day. This trail is not ADA accessible nor accessible by stroller. Dogs are allowed on leash. Meet at the Bridgeport Group Camp parking lot for an easy to moderate hike. Bring hiking boots, hiking poles, and hydration back packs.
January 1, 2018, 9:15 PM - 10:30 PM @ Cama Beach State Park
Please join the Cama Beach Foundation for a Starlight Beach Walk at Historic Cama Beach State Park. We will meet at the break in the seawall at the south end of the beach 10 minutes prior to start time. Please note sunset is much earlier this time of year so bring a good flashlight with extra batteries. The walk will be on a rocky beach so wear sturdy shoes or boots and be sure to dress for c-c-c-Cold weather. For more information and/or to confirm “iffy weather” dates, you may contact Gary at (360) 572-4130.
Please note a Discover Pass is required for this event.
January 1, 2018, 1:00 PM @ Cape Disappointment State Park
Please join Interpretive Specialist, Aaron Webster, for a look into the Mysteries of the Fog Forest. View a small island that was an important destination for Lewis and Clark, on this mile and a half trek on the Pacific Coast. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on their leash at all times. This is a Discover Pass Free Day, which makes this event free to all.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Ice Harbor Dam Trailhead, outside Pasco, Washington.
The Columbia Plateau Trail is a 4,109 acre, 130 mile long, railbed that traces the original path of the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railroad. Leave No Trace principles will be taught and practiced. Enjoy wonderful Snake River views while learning about the area flora, fauna, and geology. January 1st First Day Hikes do not require a Discover Pass. Post-hike refreshments and prizes! This is a Ranger led guided hike which is both ADA and stroller accessible as well as welcome to dogs on leashes. Dress for the weather and conditions for this 3 to 4 mile hike as it is winter. Binoculars, camera, water, good quality hiking shoes and Yak Tracks for icy conditions are all recommended.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Deception Pass State Park
Starting at the West Beach Shelter, Park staff will guide hikers around the Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail loop. This is a paved trail that is ADA and stroller accessible, with minor bumps along the way. You will find great views of the Salish Sea, travel though dune forests, wetlands, sandy beach, and visit one of the oldest trees in the Park. Afterwards, take a stroll across the parking lot to check out our newly finished amphitheater, and maybe even a self-guided hike through the North Beach Trail to the bridge.
Please bring water, warm clothes and shoes that are good on sidewalk trails that might be slippery.
January 1, 2018, 2:00 PM @ Dosewallips State Park
Come join one of our Park Rangers, and start the year off right, with a 3.5 mile hike through Dosewallips, on the Steam Donkey and Maple Valley Trails. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times. This is a Discover Pass Free Day, so this event is free.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Fields Spring State Park
Fields Spring is a 792 acre forested park located in the Blue Mountains; views on this hike may include the Wallowa Mountains, Hells Canyon, and the Grande Ronde River. Leave No Trace principles will be taught and practiced. Discover who Mr. Fields was and what Mr. and Mrs. Puffer did! January 1st First Day Hikes do not require a Discover Pass; at this Winter Recreation Snow Park a Sno Park Permit will be required. If there is no snow, this outing will become a traditional hike instead. Post-hike refreshments and prizes! This is a staff led guided snow shoe hike. Meet at the trailhead near the Puffer Butte Lodge parking area at the end of Park Road. This outing is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Dogs are welcome on a leash. This is rated a moderate snow shoe hike / traditional hike (weather dependent). Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars, camera, water and snowshoes. A limited number of snowshoes are available to rent on site at least 20 minutes prior to the hike.
January 1, 2018, 9:30 AM @ Fort Ebey State Park
This hike will begin at the Beach Access Parking Lot by the restrooms and will be take you on multiple trails throughout the park. It will be lead by the Park's Interpretive Specialist, Janet Hall.
This hike is not recommended for children under seven years of age. Bring sturdy shoes to hike in and hiking poles if you normally use them.
The Friends of Whidbey State Parks will be providing hot cider, hot chocolate and cookies before and after the hike in the shelter up the hill from the restrooms.
January 1, 2018, 9:30 AM @ Fort Flagler State Park
This will be an educational hike lead by local resident, John Comstock. John is a member of the Friends of Fort Flagler and an Audubon Society member. This informative walk will begin at the spit located at the beach in the Lower Campground area. Visitors will then drive over to Battery Wansboro for a short birding walk, and then end with a walk along Marrowstone Point, with a stop by the park's parade grounds for Plover and Dunlin viewings. 65 different bird species have been recently spotted and we expect a similar amount for the hike.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Lake Chelan State Park
The Little Bear Hike will be led by Ranger Keegan. We will move leisurely through the pine forest talking about forest fire behavior, local wildlife, and random stories that Keegan will recall at any point. The hike will conclude at the park picnic shelter where a fire in the fireplace will have been lit and participants will enjoy refreshments. Meet at the park office for this 1 1/2 mile hike rated moderate. The trail is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Wear hiking clothes appropriate for snowy conditions. Snow conditions may affect the hike.
January 1, 2018, 1:00 PM @ Lake Easton State Park
Join park staff on a guided snowshoe hike and learn about winter wildlife of the beautiful Lake Easton area. Meet at the Lake Easton Day Use Area Parking for this moderate 2.5 mile snowshoe hike. This snowshoe hike is not ADA or stroller accessible and dogs are not allowed. Make sure to bring your own snowshoes
January 1, 2018, 1:00 PM @ Lake Sylvia State Park
Lake Sylvia State Park is a perfect place for lowland hiking anytime during the winter—and why not New Year’s Day? You’ll love the idyllic lake setting and the old-growth forest trails. A park ranger will lead a 2-mile hike along the trail that loops around Lake Sylvia. A volunteer from the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia (FOSLS) will lead a shorter stroll as well. Learn about the history of the Lake Sylvia area and discuss native plants and wildlife. FOSLS will provide coffee, cocoa, and cookies. This event is dog friendly, but they must remain on their leash at all time. This event is free.
January 1, 2018, 11:00 AM @ Lake Wenatchee State Park
Snowshoes are available to rent in limited youth and adult sizes. Please contact the park ahead of time to reserve a pair if needed. This hike will be led by seasoned volunteers Lloyd and Kathy Brodniak, who will guide participants along the Wenatchee River, up to our North Beach for views across Lake Wenatchee, and then through our Pine and Douglas Fir forest, finally ending back at the North Reservation Booth for hot cocoa and light snacks! Along the way, our hike leaders will point out various historical aspects of our park, highlight notable stories and discuss some fun facts! One particular stop at our North Beach is a favorite, where participants tend to take a snack break, and we gather together for a fun group photo opportunity. Meet at the North Park Reservation Booth for this easy 2.5 mile snowshoe hike.This snowshoe hike is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear appropriate winter attire. .
January 1, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Larrabee State Park
This will be a guided hike that starts at the 2 Dollar Trail head on Cleator Road and makes its way to beautiful Fragrance Lake. The trail winds through old growth forest for a few miles before you get sight of the lake, which you can walk all the way around in 0.6 miles.
This trail is great for people who enjoy finding different types of ferns, trees and fungus. The interpretation during this hike will focus on Larrabee State Park history and the flora and fauna found in it.
At the end of the hike, you can enjoy a hot cup of apple cider at the park!
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Lewis & Clark State Park
Come join the Upper Cowlitz Area Park's Interpretive Specialist, and ranger staff, as we explore the beautiful old-growth forest that Lewis and Clark State Park has to offer. Participants will learn about the area's rich history as well as the abundant flora/fauna. This scenic hike takes visitors under towering cedar and fir trees strung with lichen and moss, and through a lush understory teeming with ferns. The hike will begin in the CCC kitchen shelter where a warm fire and drinks/snacks will be provided. A short presentation will take place on the local wildlife as hikers are arriving. All ages are welcome. Dogs are welcome during this event too, but they must remain on a leash at all times.
January 1, 2018, 11:00 AM @ Lime Kiln Point State Park
This hike will be 2.5 miles long and will take you on multiple trails throughout the park.
Meet at the whale in front of the Interpretive Center.
January 1, 2018, 11:00 AM @ Lincoln Rock State park
Come join us and get some history of Lincoln Rock State Park, the area geology, the Rocky Reach Dam, and the Rocky Reach Trail. Bring a camera for an exhilarating view of the dam and its spillways from the interpretive outlook on the Rocky Reach Trail. This easy 2 mile hike is ADA and stroller accessible. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Wear appropriate foot wear and keep in mind that snow may be on the trail, so plan accordingly.
January 1, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Millersylvania State Park
Come join one of our Park Rangers, and start the year off right, with hike through Millersylvania State Park. This hike will include impromptu stops at different points of interest related to natural, and cultural, history of the park. The hike is open to the public, self-guided, and you may continue on your own at a comfortable pace. Dogs are allowed, but must remain on a leash at all times. This event is free.
January 1, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Moran State Park
This hike will begin at the Cascade Lake Day Use Shelter and will take you to Cascade Lake and Cascade Falls. It will be a total of three miles long.
The hike will be followed by the Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Cascade Lake, sponsored by the Orcas Island Rowing Association.
January 1, 2018, 9:30 AM @ Mount Spokane State Park
Cris Currie with Friends of Mount Spokane State Park and Chris McKinney with WA State Parks will lead the snowshoe hike. Participants will hike past the Bald Knob Picnic Shelter to the historic stone Vista House located at 5,883 feet - the highest point of Mt. Spokane. If weather permits, participants will have views of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana, Selkirk Crest in North Idaho, and nearby lakes. Snacks, hot beverages, and other goodies will be provided at the trailhead by REI, WA State Parks, and Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park. Participants can also purchase hot drinks, chili, and snacks at the Vista House. Maximum group size is 30. Please RSVP to Lara Gricar at 509-465-5066 or email@example.com by December 22. Sno-park permit is required and can be purchased at the Mt. Spokane State Park office or online at www.parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation. This is a strenuous 3.5 mile roundtrip hike. This hike is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Sorry, no dogs on this hike.
Holly Weiler with Friends of Mount Spokane State Park & Lara Gricar with WA State Parks will lead the snowshoe hike.This route will take participants west along the Lower Kit Carson Loop Road to Smith Gap and the snowshoe hut which was completed in 2014. Along the way, participants will traverse through a beautiful old growth cedar-hemlock forest and pass several stream crossings. Snacks, hot beverages, and other goodies will be provided at the trail head by REI, WA State Parks, and Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park. Maximum group size is 30.Please RSVP to Lara Gricar at 509-465-5066 or Lara.Gricar@parks.wa.gov by December 22. Sno-park permit is required and can be purchased at the Mt. Spokane State Park office or online at www.parks.state.wa.us/130/winter-recreation. This hike is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Sorry, no dogs on the trail. This 2 mi round trip hike is rated easy.Bring waterproof/water-resistant boots, waterproof pants/gators, snowshoe equipment, sunscreen/sunglasses.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Nolte State Park
Nolte State Park’s Lake Trail around Deep Lake is a lovely, easy 1.25-mile-loop that takes you through lakeside forest. It’s a great pick for families!
Meet at the main bulletin board along the trail. The hike will continue around the lake through the forested Green River Gorge. You’ll likely spot woodland animals along the way! There will be interpretation of Nolte's history and the local flora and fauna.
It is recommended to bring sturdy footwear and dress in layers.
January 1, 2018, 9:00 AM @ Olmstead Place State Park
Start the year out on the right paw! Join park staff for a short, easy hike with your friendly pup. Dog lovers without pups are welcome too. Meet at the North End Parking Area for this easy 1 mile Group Dog Walk. This walk is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Dogs on a leash of not more than 8 feet long are welcome provided they are friendly to people and other dogs.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Palouse Falls State Park
During this Ranger led guided hike, enjoy wonderful views of the official state waterfall created by the Palouse River while learning about area flora, fauna, and geology. Palouse Falls is a 105 acre park featuring dramatic evidence of the Ice Age Floods. Leave No Trace principles will be taught and practiced. January 1st First Day Hikes do not require a Discover Pass. Post-hike refreshments and prizes! This one mile hike is rated easy. This hike is not ADA accessible but is accessible by strollers. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Dress for the weather and conditions; it's winter. Bring binoculars, camera, water, good quality hiking/walking shoes..closed toe. Yak tracks recommended if weather is icy.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Pearrygin Lake State Park
Take a First Day “Bike” ride in the park with local fat tire bike enthusiasts. Ride through the shrub steppe on the Rex Derr Trail with views overlooking Pearrygin Lake. Drop down to tour the park, looking and listening for evidence of winter wildlife—including tracks, bird songs and howls. Prefer to go on foot? Bring your snowshoes, and head out along the same trail ahead of the bikers. Rangers Alexander and Ott will host the event. Each hike or ride will be self-guided, however park staff will be happy to lead either hike or ride. When we’re done riding and snowshoeing, we’ll have a free barbecue-style lunch, cocoa, coffee and social time at the park’s headquarters. You’re welcome to stay and play in the snow following the hike and ride.T he hike or bike ride are rated moderate for difficulty and are from 1 to 6 miles dependent on participant. The paths are not ADA or stroller accessible. Sorry, no dogs. Dress for winter weather. Snow shoes & fat bikes can be rented in Winthrop.
January 1, 2018, 9:30 AM @ Riverside State Park
Danny Murphy with WA State Parks and Ben Baird with the Riverside State Park Foundation will lead the hike. The terrain is primarily flat, but participants should be prepared for some sections of tread that are uneven and rocky. This hike will take participants along the Spokane River amongst towering Ponderosa Pines and massive basalt rock formations in one of the main areas of Riverside State Park called Bowl and Pitcher. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the park's history, flora and fauna, and view many of the distinctive structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, including the iconic swinging bridge. There is a good chance that participants might see some wildlife including osprey, bald eagles, deer, western gray squirrels, and moose. Snacks and other goodies will be provided by the Riverside State Park Foundation and WA State Parks. Weather appropriate clothing /gear, hiking books, sunglasses and snowshoes if warranted. No strollers or dogs please.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Saltwater State Park
This hike will take you on the loop trail in Saltwater State Park, which is about 1.8 miles in length.
Meet at the Civilian Conservation Corp Cabin. It is recommended to wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes.
January 1, 2018, All Day
To celebrate the new year, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park.
Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Sun Lakes - Dry Falls
The day will begin at the Dry Falls Visitor Center for an overview of the geology of Dry Falls & the Ice Age Flood National Geologic Trail, plus a tour of the visitor center. (40 minutes) Then drive down to Sun Lakes to begin a looping hike through the winter wonderland of desert sagebrush and rolling shrub-steppe. 2 hours hiking. Because the weather and road conditions vary I will make the determination of the "best trail" and place to park. This hike is rated east to moderate on the difficulty rating. The hike is not ADA nor stroller accessible. Sorry, no dogs. Make sure to bring as light day pack, boots and proper clothing for weather conditions.
January 1, 2018, 9:30 AM
This hike will begin at the parking lot trailhead and will lead you to the Interpretive Trail in Wallace Falls State Park. The hike will focus on forest ecology, with stops at viewpoints along the way.
It is suggested to bring snacks and water and to dress warm. The hike will be about 1.5 miles round trip.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM
This hike will begin at the parking area trailhead and will take you to the Middle Falls in Wallace Falls State Park. The hike will focus on park features and history and will be about 4.2 miles round trip.
It is suggested that you bring snacks and water and that you wear warm clothing.
January 1, 2018, 10:00 AM @ Westport Light
Come join one of our Park Rangers, and start the year off right, with a hike through Westport Light State Park. Hike to Point Chehalis and take in the sweeping views of Twin harbors Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Hear some history about the area and get some insight on the dynamic coastline. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash at all times. This event is free.