First Day Hikes
Participate in ranger and staff-led hikes, bike rides, snowshoe excursions and more offered at 40+ parks on New Year's Day. When you are done, don't forget to pick up your free, collectible Washington State Parks 2024 First Day Hikes pin!
All hikes are free and a Discover Pass is NOT needed to park on state managed lands on Jan. 1, our first Washington State Parks Free Day of 2024. However, you may need to register for some events with participation limits and/or purchase the appropriate Sno-Park permit. Please read hike descriptions carefully and check the park's event descriptions to make sure you are registered and have what you need! Enjoy your New Year's Day State Parks adventure!
Find your hike
For parks east of the Cascades Mountains, in the north central part of the state and along the Idaho border refer to the Eastern Washington table below. For parks west of the Cascades and north of Seattle, refer to the Northwest Washington table. For parks west of the Cascades and south of Seattle, refer to the Southwest Washington table below.
- Eastern Washington First Day Hikes
Park Event Time Event Link Columbia Plateau Trail 1 p.m. First Day Hike - Columbia Plateau Trail Easton Re-load Sno-Park 10 a.m. First Day Snowshoe Hike Fields Spring State Park 10 am - 2 p.m. First Day Snow Play Klickitat Trail- Lyle Trailhead 10 a.m. First Day Hike Lake Chelan State Park 9 a.m. Little Bear Trail Lake Wenatchee State Park 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. First Day Guided Snowshoe Hike Lincoln Rock State Park Noon Winter Critters and What They Eat Mount Spokane State Park 9 a.m. Smith Gap Warming Hut Snowshoe Hike Mount Spokane State Park 9 a.m. Summit Snowshoe Hike Palouse Falls State Park 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Palouse Falls Sketch and Stroll Riverside State Park TBD Riverside First Day Hike Military Cemetery Trailhead Loop Sacajawea State Park 11 a.m. Sacajawea Dog Stroll Steamboat Rock State Park 10 a.m. Steamboat Rock 5K Walk/Jog
- Northwest Washington First Day Hikes
Park Evemt Time Event Link Bridle Trails State Park All day Trotting Into ’24 First Day Ride Cama Beach State Park 9 a.m. Cranberry Lake Camano Island State Park 1 p.m. Howard Adams Trail Dash Point State Park 2 p.m. New Year, New Trail! Deception Pass State Park 10 a.m. First Day Hikes and Scavenger Hunt Fort Casey State Park All day History at Fort Casey Fort Ebey State Park 9 a.m. Medium to advanced biking at Fort Ebey Fort Ebey State Park All day Trail Trivia - Self Guided Hike Fort Townsend State Park 10 a.m. From Fort to Forest: Discover the Transformation of Fort Townsend Lake Sammamish State Park 10:30 -11 a.m. and 11 - 11:30 a.m. Birds and Beavers on the Boardwalk Larrabee State Park 10 a.m. Clayton Beach Lime Kiln Point State Park 10:30 a.m. Hike Lime Kiln Point State with a Park Ranger Millersylvania State Park 10 a.m. Millersylvania Scavenger Hunt Nolte State Park 11 a.m. Nolte First Day Hike Obstruction Pass State Park 10 a.m. Obstruction Pass First Day Hike Rockport State Park 10 a.m. Silent Meditative Hike-West Loop Interpretive Trail Rockport State Park 10 a.m. Evergreen Trail Features Saltwater State Park 10 a.m. Saltwater State Park First Day Hike (North and South Loop Trails) South Whidbey State Park 11 a.m. Little Ones on a Hike Spencer Spit State Park 1 p.m. Spencer Spit to Spencer Spit Preserve Trail Wallace Falls State Park 9:30 a.m. Wallace Falls State Park
- Southwest Washington First Day Hikes
Park Event Time Event Link Battle Ground Lake State Park 10 a.m. Walking in Volcanic Wonderland Battle Ground Lake State Park Noon Walking in Volcanic Wonderland Bottle Beach State Park 12:30 p.m. Explore Bottle Beach Cape Disappointment State Park 11 a.m. Fog Forest Hike Griffiths-Priday Ocean State Park 1 p.m. River to Coast Hike Harstine Island State Park 10 a.m. Harstine Island State Park Loop Ike Kinswa State Park Noon -3 p.m. Paddle at Ike! Lake Mayfield up the Tilton River Channel Lake Sylvia State Parks 1 p.m. First Day Hike Mount Saint Helens Visitor Center - Seaquest State Park 10 a.m. Bird Walk on the Boardwalk (Wetland Haven Trail) Schafer State Park 10 a.m. Schafer New Campground Loop Twanoh State Park 9 a.m. Twanoh Trail
Rules & safety
We at State Parks want you to enjoy all the wonders the winter season has to offer. Preparing for safety on your First Day Hike experience is the first step. Visit our park Rules & Safety pages, pay careful attention to the equipment lists and difficulty level of each event, know your own abilities and limitations and always pack the Ten Essentials.
If you have questions about the difficulty or equipment requirements of any hike, please reach out to the event organizers. Happy New Year from Washington State Parks!
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Map & visitor guide
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