Ring in new year by taking a hike

Staff reportDecember 15, 2013 

Visitors take part in a First Day Hike at Deception Pass State Park on Jan 1. Washington State Parks is offering the New Year’s Day hikes again to ring in 2014.


Some people want to ring in the new year by taking a plunge into frigid water. While we won’t question the sanity of such revelers, there is a more tame but still energetic way to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Washington State Parks is encouraging people to get outdoors and take part in one of the First Day Hikes to take place at parks across the state Jan. 1.

There are hikes planned at parks including Lake Sylvia, Twanoh, Nolte and Millersylvania.

Here are some of the hikes, all considered moderately difficult:

Camano Island: 1 p.m. This will be a hike of 2-4 miles, with a free return shuttle. Bring winter clothing, hats and gloves. Walk will be primarily for exercise, with limited stops to learn abut flora and fauna of the area. Meet at the Lowell Point kitchen shelter. 360-387-1550

Cama Beach: 1 p.m. This hike will cover 11/2 miles, with a free return shuttle. Walk will be primarily for exercise, limited stops to learn about flora and fauna of the area. There are three overlooks at view points along the way. Meet at the welcome center. 360-387-1550

Deception Pass: 10 a.m. This will be a walk of 2-3 miles. Dogs on a leash are allowed. Bring winter shoes and clothing, water, snacks and a camera. Visit the Coastal Artillery Museum at noon for directions to the Memories Vault. Deception Pass Foundation will provide hot drinks and snacks at the end of the hike. Meet at the Cornet Bay Retreat Center. 360-675-3767, Ext. 31

Fort Ebey: 10 a.m. This hike will follow the 3.6-mile Bluff Trail. Dogs on leashes area allowed. Bring layered clothing, drinking water, snacks. Meet at the trailhead past the parking lot. 360-678-4519

Fort Flagler: 1 p.m. This will be an easy hike of 0.75-2 miles on the Bluff Trail. Bring water, comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing. The museum and gift shop will be open. Meet at the museum. 360-385-3701

Fort Worden: 12:30 p.m. Take part in a guided historical tour of Artillery Hill Bunker. This is a 11/2-mile hike. The minimum age is 10 years old, and no dogs are allowed. Hikers should bring flashlight to see in bunkers. 360-385-0373

Goldendale Observatory: 6:30 p.m. Walk along the 0.5-mile Goldendale City trail. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on leash. Bring star map and home telescope if you have them. 509-773-3141

Lake Sylvia: 1 p.m. Participants will hike 21/2 miles on the Sylvia Creek-Forestry Trail: moderate difficulty. Bring water bottle, warm clothing, good hiking shoes or boots and umbrella as needed. Hike will consist of historical information and discussion of plants and wildlife in the area. Meet at the day use parking lot. 360-249-3621

Lake Wenatchee: 10 a.m. Trek along the 1-mile North Lake Loop. The minimum age is 10, and no dogs are allowed. Snowshoes required. Bring layered winter clothing, snacks and water. A Sno-Park Pass is required. It is possible that there will be insufficient snow for snowshoeing, but not likely. Check with park on local weather conditions. Meet at the north park Sno-Park. 509-763-3101

Millersylvania: 9 a.m. This will be a 3.8-mile ranger led fun run/walk that is easy to moderate in difficulty. No dogs are allowed. Meet at Kitchen Shelter 1. 360-753-1519

Mount Spokane: 10 a.m. This hike will be on Trail 130 and is a 2- to 4-mile round trip. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Bring snowshoes and any gear for being in the snow for a half day. Don’t forget sunglasses. Each vehicle must have a Sno-Park Permit. Meet at the Mount Spokane snowmobile parking lot. 509-238-4258

Nolte: 11 a.m. This will follow the 11/4-mile Lake Trail loop, an easy hike. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Bring sturdy footwear, layered clothing, food and water. Meet in the parking lot. 253-266-1107

Twanoh: 9:30 a.m. This will be a 21/4-mile hike. Do not wear tennis shoes. Bring water, snacks and layered warm clothing. Meet at the lower parking area. 360-275-2222

Wallace Falls: 11 a.m. This is an out-and-back hike, 2.3 miles each way, on the Woody Trail. Dogs are allowed on leash,. Bring sturdy footwear, layered clothing, food and water. Meet at the trailhead. 360-793-0420

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For details on hikes in the state, go to parks.wa.gov/events.

First Day Hikes are presented in partnership with America’s State Parks. For more information about hikes across the country, visit americasstateparks.org.

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