Numerous events will mark National Trails Day

Staff reportJune 1, 2014 

Saturday will mark the 22nd annual celebration National Trails Day, with more than 2,000 events taking place nationwide.

As part of the celebration, agencies around the South Sound will host events to improve trails in the region.

The idea for National Trails Day developed around the idea that one day each year people should come together outdoors and give back to their favorite trails, said Gregory Miller, American Hiking Society president.

“Since then, people from all walks of life have been coming out in increasing numbers on National Trails Day to celebrate our trails and the great outdoors,” Miller said in a prepared statement.

Among the planned events set for Saturday are:

Backcountry Horsemen of Washington: The Pierce County chapter is leading a trail work party based at Sahara Creek Campground near Elbe. For information, contact 360-832-2451 or peg2@mashell.com.

City of DuPont: The city is hosting events at DuPont Civic Center and Sequalitchew Creek Trail. Activities include a pancake breakfast, a guided bird walk and presentations on the history of the area. For details, go to ci.dupont.wa.us.

City of Lacey: Work will take place at Woodland Creek Community Park. For information, contact 360-491-0857 or ci.lacey.wa.us/volunteeropportunities/link.

Metro Parks Tacoma: Volunteers will gather at Point Defiance Park to improve trails and clean up after winter storms. For information, go to metroparkstacoma.org.

Monte Trails Appreciation Day: The city of Montesano is hosting a trail work party at Lake Sylvia State Park. For information, contact 360-249-5424 or lhinen@montesano.us.

Olympic National Forest: Hosted by the Olympia Mountaineers, this work party will take place on the Church Creek Trail, if snow levels allow, or the Wynoochee Lake shore. Registration is required; contact jimfrenchwa@comcast.net or 360-259-3351.

Washington Trails Association: The group will hold trail work parties statewide, including the West Boundary Trail at Mount Rainier National Park and the South Fork Skokomish Trail. Sign up at wta.org.

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