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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. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. 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.

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  4. Calendar Overlay Columbia Plateau Trail State Park (1)
  5. Calendar Overlay Fields Spring State Park (1)
  6. Calendar Overlay Fort Casey State Park (2)
  7. Calendar Overlay Fort Worden State Park (1)
  8. Calendar Overlay Kopachuck State Park (1)
  9. Calendar Overlay Lake Chelan State Park (1)
  10. Calendar Overlay Lake Easton State Park (1)
  11. Calendar Overlay Lake Sammamish State Park (1)
  12. Calendar Overlay Lake Wenatchee State Park (1)
  13. Calendar Overlay Larrabee State Park (1)
  14. Calendar Overlay Lewis and Clark State Park (1)
  15. Calendar Overlay Lincoln Rock State Park (1)
  16. Calendar Overlay Mount Spokane State Park (3)
  17. Calendar Overlay Riverside State Park (3)
  18. Calendar Overlay Squilchuck State Park (1)
  19. Calendar Overlay Twanoh State Park (1)

Alta Lake State Park

  1. First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM @ Alta Lake State Park

    Enjoy a fascinating look into the geological history of this glacially carved valley on a brisk 2-mile hike with a park ranger. Learn about the local flora and fauna and how the region recovered from wildfire.

    Stick around for coffee, cocoa and snacks following the hike. This is a moderately difficult hike, dogs on leash are welcome. Bring gear and wear appropriate dress for weather conditions, including hiking boots, poles, snowshoes or traction cleats.

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Bridle Trails State Park

  1. First Day Hike & Trail Ride 2020

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Bridle Trails State Park

    Please join us for a 3-mile hike or a 3.5-mile trail ride in the park on New Year’s Day!

    We will meet in the event area for a welcome by Washington State Parks Ranger Daryl Kline and enjoy some pre-adventure treats! Pedestrians will gather in the picnic area, and equestrians will gather in the big ring

    This event is rain or shine, please dress accordingly.

    Please note that the main entrance to the park is at 5300 116th Ave NE in Kirkland. Jan. 1 is a FREE day in all Washington state parks. A Discover Pass is not needed for this event.

    This is a FREE event for the community. Please let us know if you, your family, and friends will be joining us - for optimal cocoa and carrot treat planning.

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Cama Beach State Park

  1. First day hike 2020

    January 1, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Cama Beach State Park

    Hike will be lead to Cranberry Lake by volunteers from Friends of Camano Island Parks and head ranger Jeff Wheeler. All ages are welcome as are leashed dogs.

    Degree of difficulty - Easy

    Meet at the drop off shelter.

    ADA accessible? No

    Questions - (360) 387-1550

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Columbia Plateau Trail State Park

  1. First Day Bike 2020 - Bike the CPT

    January 1, 2020, 9:00 AM @ Columbia Plateau State Park Trail

    This will be a no drop gravel ride led by Ranger Nic Roberts along the Snake River. Very flat out and back route. At the Snake River junction of the trail (1/2 way point) there will be snacks and coffee/hot cocoa/tea. ** Snow will cancel ride**

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Fields Spring State Park

  1. First Day Hike 2020 - FIelds Spring

    January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Wohelo Retreat Center

    Ring in the new year on snowshoes at the annual Fields Spring First Day Hike! We will meet at the Wohelo Lodge at 10 AM for an introduction, then we’ll hike a moderate 1.5 mile loop together. If you feel like you’re just getting warmed up, head to the top of the butte on a longer staff-guided hike, or take the trail back to Wohelo and warm up by the fire with snacks and hot drinks. Kids will receive free goodie bags and can earn their Junior Ranger badges. As always, the tubing hill next to the lodge will be open for more fun in the snow. This is event is free to attend. Snowshoes are available for rent for $5 at the park office; please call the office and leave a message to reserve your pair. A Sno-Park Pass is required for daytime parking at Fields Spring during the winter season. Parking is available at the Fields Spring North parking lot near the campground. Please dress warmly for the winter weather and call the park office if you have any questions.

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Fort Casey State Park

  1. First Day Hike - ADA interpretive trail

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Fort Casey State Park

    This one-mile hike will be led by well-versed volunteer, Isaac, who will guide participants through the history of Fort Casey along our interpretive trail. Visitors will explore portions of the fort that are usually closed. Bring weather-appropriate clothing, water bottle, hiking shoes and a flashlight. The hike will be easy, flat, and ADA accessible. For walking age or in stroller/carrier backpack. Meet in the north corner of the fort parking lot, and be sure to join us for refreshments after the hike. Refreshments for this event are made possible by Friends of Whidbey State Parks and Manufactured Home and RV Show Association.

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  2. First Day Hike - explore the fort

    January 1, 2020, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Casey State Park

    Have you ever wondered about the wandering dark rooms of Fort Casey? Join Isaac, a well-versed volunteer, who will guide participants to explore the masterpieces that make Fort Casey historic. The hike will traverse up, down, and all throughout the fort and its many dark rooms. Bring weather appropriate-clothing, water bottle, hiking shoes and a flashlight. The terrain is moderate and will vary throughout the one-mile hike. For ages 8+; children must be accompanied by an adult. Not ADA/stroller accessible. Please meet in the north corner of the fort parking lot, and be sure to join us for refreshments after the hike. Refreshments for this event are made possible by Friends of Whidbey State Parks and Manufactured Home and RV Show Association.

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Fort Worden State Park

  1. First day hikes

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM

    Start the year off right. Come join us for a choice of three different hikes. One will be a self guided hike with stations along the way where docents will provide information and answer questions. The second hike will be a military history hike led by a park ranger. The third hike is a natural history hike and will also be led by a park ranger. Meet at the USO parking lot. Please wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.

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Kopachuck State Park

  1. 2020 First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM @ Kopachuck State Park

    Welcome 2020 with your first hike of the New Year! Join a ranger for a 60-minute walk through our beautiful forest. Bring water and appropriate shoes as we walk down the hills and through the forest trails.

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Lake Chelan State Park

  1. First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM @ Lake Chelan State Park

    Join us on a 2.5-mile easy hike for New Years! Take a turn along the interpretive Little Bear Loop Trail through ponderosa pine forest and learn about the park’s unique position on the convergence of four ecological zones ranging from mountains to desert plateau. Ask the ranger anything you want — he’s a pretty knowledgeable guy! Be prepared to spend some time in the snow, and bring a camera — you’re sure to find some beautiful views of crystal-clear Lake Chelan!

    Meet at the Trailer Loop comfort station. Dogs on leash are welcome. At this time of year, trail conditions typically consist of hard-pack snow with some ice. Traction cleats or snowshoes are advised.

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Lake Easton State Park

  1. First Day Hike: Guided snowshoe hike

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Lake Easton State Park

    Hikes will be about 3 miles on moderate terrain and last approximately 2.5 hours. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Guides will share tidbits on natural history, snowshoeing basics and safety information during the hikes. Snowshoers should arrive early enough to prepare for the 1 p.m. departure. Bring snowshoes, poles, layered clothing, boots and water.

    For more information about the snowshoe hikes, call (509) 925-1943. Participants should call after 9 a.m. on the day of the hike for status updates. Cancellations may occur due to road closures or other winter access issues.

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Lake Sammamish State Park

  1. Polar Plunge 2020

    January 1, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Lake Sammamish State Park

    Start the new year with a big splash!

    The festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration, music and merriment on the shore. The plunge is at 11 a.m. Warm up afterwards with hot drinks, concessions and Ivar's clam chowder. The first 200 registered participants will receive a Polar Plunge knitted hat and a choice of coffee or hot cocoa.

    Get your friends or colleagues together and organize a team. Costumes and team t-shirts are encouraged! Spectators are encouraged to come out to cheer on the athletes as they dunk in the cold waters of Lake Sammamish.

    Entry fee is a minimum $10 donation to Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park. NOTE: $10 Discover Pass is normally required to enter the park, but Jan. 1 is a State Parks free day, so a Discover Pass is not needed!

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Lake Wenatchee State Park

  1. First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 11:00 AM @ Lake Wenatchee State Park

    Kick off the New Year with a FIRST DAY HIKE! Join volunteers and park staff for a brisk snowshoe hike around our frosty winter wonderland as we ring in the New Year in the great outdoors. This is a fantastic hike for first-timers in snowshoes or adults with children. The hike is easy with varying views, plenty of opportunities for snowball fights and memorable photos. A limited number of snowshoes are available to rent. Please call ahead to reserve. Following the hike, hot cocoa and light snacks will be available for participants in the North Reservation Booth. Gear: Wear warm clothes and dress in layers. Bring snowshoes, water, snacks, hiking poles, gloves, cameras and an adventurous spirit! A limited number of snowshoes are available to rent. Please call ahead to reserve.

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Larrabee State Park

  1. First Day Hike at Larrabee State Park

    January 1, 2020, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Larrabee State Park

    Kick off the New Year with a FIRST DAY HIKE! Hike with park staff to Lost Lake, one of the many beautiful lakes found along Chuckanut Mountain.
    During this hike, you will walk along a trail covered in trees and greenery, along with impressive tafoni, also known as honeycomb rock formations. Once at the lake, participants will have the option of strolling around the lake or heading back down the trail.
    Along the hike, you will learn about the history of Larrabee State Park, as well as the flora and fauna of the area.

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Lewis and Clark State Park

  1. First Day Hike 2020

    January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM @ Lewis & Clark State Park

    Come join park 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 under-story 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.

    The park is closed to cars in the winter. Participants will need to park across the road (Jackson Highway), by the park office. Participants will then need to walk past the main gate, up the roadway to the kitchen shelter where the hike begins. There will be a sign at the main gate directing participants.

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Lincoln Rock State Park

  1. First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 11:00 AM @ Lincoln Rock State park

    Come join our ranger for the First Day Hike down the Rocky Reach Trail. It will be an easy 2 mile hike (ADA accessible), and leashed pets are allowed. We will have light refreshments after the hike, including hot cocoa, cider, chips & dip, and cookies. Come join the fun!

    Meet at 11 a.m. at the monument in the day-use/view area.

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Mount Spokane State Park

  1. First Day Hike - beginner snowshoe hike

    January 1, 2020, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Kit Carson Loop parking lot (Hairpin Turn parking lot)

    Washington State Parks, The Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park and Spokane Mountaineers are partnering to host this First Day beginner snowshoe hike. It is approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Participants will snowshoe 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.

    Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Lower Kit Carson Loop Road parking lot at the first hairpin turn. Non-motorized Sno-park Permit is required and can be purchased at the Mount Spokane State Park office or online at www.parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation.

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  2. First Day Hike - Summit Snowshoe Hike

    January 1, 2020, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM @ Lower Selkirk parking lot (Snowmobile parking lot)

    Washington State Parks and The Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park are partnering to host this advanced First Day Snowshoe Hike. It is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with approximately 1,400 feet of elevation gain. Participants will snowshoe past the Bald Knob Picnic Shelter to the historic stone Vista House located at 5,883 feet – the highest point of Mount Spokane. If weather permits, participants will have views of the Cabinet Mountains in Montana, Selkirk Crest in North Idaho, and nearby lakes.

    Participants can purchase hot drinks, chili and snacks at the Vista House.

    Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Lower Selkirk parking lot also known as the snowmobile parking lot. Non-motorized Sno-Park Permit is required and can be purchased at the Mount Spokane State Park office or online at www.parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation.

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  3. First Day Hike - cross-country ski

    January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Selkirk Lodge parking lot

    Washington State Parks and Spokane Nordic Ski Association (SNSA) are partnering to host a First Day Ski in the Nordic area of Mt. Spokane State Park. Participants will enjoy a beginner to moderate ski to the Nordic Hut (~2.5 miles round trip) where they can relax by the wood stove and enjoy a snack. There will also be a longer moderate loop option to ski out to Shadow Mountain (~2.5 additional miles) before returning to the Selkirk Lodge.

    Participants should meet in front of the Selkirk Lodge at 1 p.m. Cross-country ski rentals are available from Fitness Fanatics located at Mount Spokane State Park in the Selkirk Lodge parking area. You can reserve your skis in advance by calling Fitness Fanatics at (509) 922-6080. Non-motorized Sno-Park and Special Groomed Trail permits are required to park in the Selkirk Lodge parking lot. Passes can be purchased at the Mount Spokane State Park office or online at www.parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-recreation.

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Riverside State Park

  1. First Day Hike - Knothead Valley

    January 1, 2020, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM @ Painted Rocks Trailhead

    Washington State Parks, REI and the Riverside State Park Foundation are partnering to host this moderate First Day Hike. It is approximately 7 miles round trip with more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Participants will hike through the Knothead Valley and enjoy astonishing views from several overlooks. A portion of the hike follows along the Little Spokane River, where participants can enjoy sites of waterfowl and potentially other wildlife such as deer, moose and turkeys. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s history, flora and fauna.

    Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Painted Rocks Trailhead located at 5626 W Rutter Pkwy, Spokane. Enjoy a hot beverage and light snack with REI after the hike. Visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass as it is a State Parks free day.

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  2. First Day Hike - Pine Bluff

    January 1, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Carlson Road Trailhead (behind the park headquarter's office)

    Washington State Parks and the Riverside State Park Foundation are partnering to host this moderate First Day Hike. It is approximately 3 miles round trip. Participants will hike amongst towering Ponderosa pines to the Pine Bluff overlooks. At the overlooks, participants will be able to view some of the massive basalt rock formations located in the Deep Creek area. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the park’s history, flora and fauna.

    Dogs are welcome on a leash and can learn more about how to join our BARK Ranger Program.

    Participants should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Carlson Trailhead off Carlson Road .5 miles from the Park Headquarters located at 9711 W Charles Road, Nine Mile Falls. Visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass as it is a State Parks free day.

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  3. First Day Hike - Painted Rocks

    January 1, 2020, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Painted Rocks Trailhead

    Washington State Parks, REI and the Riverside State Park Foundation are partnering to host this beginner and kid-friendly First Day Hike. It is approximately 3 miles round trip. Participants will hike along the Little Spokane River and enjoy sites of waterfowl and potentially other wildlife such as deer, moose and turkeys. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the park’s history, flora and fauna.

    Participants should meet at 1:30 p.m. at the Painted Rocks Trailhead located at 5626 W Rutter Pkwy, Spokane. Enjoy a hot beverage and light snack with REI before the hike. Visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass as it is a State Parks free day.

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Squilchuck State Park

  1. First Day Hike

    January 1, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Squilchuck State Park

    Come join the fun for a 1.5 to 2 mile hike through Squilchuck. This hike is of moderate difficulty and snowshoes are recommended. Leashed pets are welcome. After the hike we will have hot cocoa, cider, chips & dip, veggies and cookies for you to enjoy as you warm up by the blazing fire in the lodge.

    Park at the lodge but meet at the lower bulletin board in the parking lot to begin the hike.

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Twanoh State Park

  1. 2020 first day hike

    January 1, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Meet at the Contact Station, entrance to the campground

    Discover Hood Canal in winter! Get a feel for the natural and cultural history of Twanoh State Park by hiking out on 2.25 miles of forested trail. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, boots or weather-proof shoes (athletic shoes are not recommended), water, camera and a desire to have a great time. Pets on leashes are welcome. This hike is suitable to everyone in the family.

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