More Than 40 Washington State Parks Will Offer First Day Hikes


On Jan. 1, 2022, at least 42 Washington State Parks will offer scheduled staff-led hikes, self-guided hikes, dog strolls, cross country ski trips or other free opportunities.

No Discovery Pass is required to participate in these New Year’s Day events.

The “First Day” hikes and adventures will range in difficulty from paved, flat ADA-accessible trails to moderate hill climbs. A few parks will host more than one hike with options tailored to various interests and abilities. Additionally, some hikes may include an educational component as rangers will speak on the history or natural features of the area.

At Lewis and Clark State Park, interpretive rangers — the state only has 11 total — lead a guided hike through old growth forest at 10 a.m. that goes for about 2 miles.

There will also be a 1.5 to 2.5 mile hike through Millersylvania State Park at 10 a.m.

To find other First Day hikes in the Southwest Washington region, visit