If you have a New Years Resolution of exercising more or spending more time with your family outdoors, spending the day hiking would be a great way to start off your year! Did you know that all 50 states offer First Day Hikes in their state parks?
For those of you in the Northwest, both Washington and Oregon State Parks are offering FREE admission/Free day-use parking to the state parks. Normally you’d need a Discover pass for WA State Parks or have to pay parking fees in some OR state parks, but not on January 1. It’s a Fee-Free Day to get out & enjoy your local state park!
If you’re looking for some ideas, here are some lists of scheduled, guided hikes available::
We took part in this tradition last year with our family and hope to do it again this year. We headed to Flaming Geyser State Park to do a hike around the park & had a great time even in the chilly temps. It kicked off our goal of doing one family hike a month for the year. Unfortunately we did not make it every month, we missed a total of 3 months (mainly the busy fall months when school/work caught up with us), but we loved having that as a goal as it really did encourage us to try to get out more – some months we were able to do more multiple hikes, too. It was a way to try out new hikes around the NW as well.
What are your favorite hikes around the Northwest? We’d love to hear some great family-friendly hikes that you enjoy so we can check them out ourselves!