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Projects, hikes celebrate National Trails Day

Volunteers help with a revegetation project at the former Sunrise Campground at Mount Rainier National Park during the 2015 celebration of National Trails Day.
Volunteers help with a revegetation project at the former Sunrise Campground at Mount Rainier National Park during the 2015 celebration of National Trails Day. Courtesy

The celebration of hiking, National Trails Day, will take place Saturday with work projects, hikes and other trips in the South Sound and around the nation.

The American Hiking Society began the event in 1993, and now draws more than 175,000 participants at more than 2,300 events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

116 The number of National Trails Day events held in Washington in 2015, fifth highest in the nation.

During 2015 events, volunteers helped improve and maintain 1,488 miles of trails. More than 79,000 hikers and trail runners covered more than 354,000 miles on foot. Washington was fifth in the nation with 116 events, trailing leader Connecticut’s 260 activities. Last year, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis added 10 trails to the National Trails System, including the Mount Si Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

Here are some of the events taking place in the region:

Eatonville: Hike It Baby Eatonville will lead a 2.5-mile hike to the base of Middle Falls from the Bud Blancher Trail at Smallwood Park.

Elbe: The Pierce County Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington will be hosting a work party at the Sahara Creek Campground and clearing trails in the Nicholson Horse Trail System in Elbe Hills State Forest.

Lacey: This city-led work party will be at Woodland Creek Community Park. Help is needed to spread wood chips on trails and footpaths on the disc golf course.

Mount Rainier National Park: Volunteer projects will include cleaning up debris from last winter’s storms at the Longmire Stewardship Campground.

Olympic National Forest: The Olympia Mountaineers will lead a work party on Church Creek Trail. Participants will clear downed trees, cut back vegetation and repair the trail. The group will carpool from the Mud Bay Park & Ride.

Tacoma: Metro Parks Tacoma will be hosting work parties to improve the the safety and accessibility of the trails at Point Defiance Park. For details, see metroparkstacoma.org.

Tumwater: The city is hosting a work party at Tumwater Hill Park. Work will include removing invasive plants, shrubs and brush along the trail, and hauling and spreading materials on a new section of trail.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

Need to know

Learn more about the celebration, and get details on area projects at nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org.

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