People looking to stretch their legs after a night of New Year’s Eve revelry can take part in one of the First Day Hikes at a state park.
State Parks and Recreation managers are urging people to ring in 2013 by connecting with nature at one of the hikes. The hikes are a chance to discover the natural beauty of the state as part of a national effort to foster stewardship for natural, cultural and recreational resources.
The First Day Hikes also will serve as a kickoff to a year-long celebration of State Parks’ centennial year.
Here is a look at some of the parks where First Day Hikes are planned for Jan. 1:
Cama Beach: 1:30-3 p.m. This is an easy 11/2-mile hike from the Marine View trailhead to Cama Center. The hike is open to participants of all ages. Friendly dogs are allowed, but must be on-leash at all times. Participants are suggested to take along warm clothing, water and snacks. A shuttle is available to drive participants back to the welcome center after the event. Refreshments are provided. Information: 360-387-1550.
Camano Island: 1-3 p.m. This is a moderate 21/2-mile hike from the Bluff Trail to Cama Center, beginning at the Lowell Point parking lot. The hike is open to participants of all ages. Taking along pets is not recommended; however, friendly dogs are allowed if on-leash at all times. Refreshments are provided. A shuttle is available to drive participants back to Lowell Point from Cama Center. Bring along warm clothes, water and snacks. Information: 360-387-3031.
Lake Sylvia: 1 p.m. This moderate 21/2 mile hike is along the Sylvia Creek Discovery Trail, beginning at the beach shelter. The hike is open to participants 9 years and older. The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks are providing cookies and hot chocolate for participants in the beach shelter. Warm up with refreshments and a cozy fire after the hike. Bring along good hiking shoes, bottled water and weather appropriate clothing. Leave pets at home. Information: 360-249-3621.
Millersylvania: 9 a.m. This is an easy five-mile hike along the Fitness and Nature Trail, beginning at picnic shelter 1. The hike is open to participants of all ages. Participants are suggested to take along sturdy footwear and binoculars, but leave pets at home. Information: 360-753-1519.
Ollallie: 11 a.m. The hike at Olallie and Iron Horse state parks is a moderate three-mile hike along Cedar Butte Trail. The hike is open to participants 10 years and older. Participants will learn about the Boxley Blowout, a pre-Christmas flood in 1918 that wiped the town of Edgewick out of existence. Bring along hiking boots, rain gear, water and snacks. Trekking poles are recommended as the trail is fairly steep and muddy. Please leave pets at home. Registration is required for participation. To register, call 425-455-7010, Ext. 103.
Saltwater: 10 a.m. The interpretive hike at Saltwater State Park is about the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park’s development during the 1930s and native flora within the park. The hike is open to participants age 5 years and older, beginning at the CCC visitor center in the upper parking lot. The first half of the hike is level footing. The second half takes participants down to the beach area and other CCC structures. Participants are suggested to take along weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Please let pets are home. Information: 360-661-4955.