First Day Hikes

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Ring in the new year with Washington State Parks!

First Day Hikes offer an experience for everyone to get outside and enjoy our beautiful state parks. 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 2023 First Day Hikes pin!

Find your hike! 

For parks east of the Cascades Mountains, in the north central area and along the Idaho border click on the Eastern Washington link below. For parks west of the Cascades and north of Seattle click on the Northwest Washington link below. For parks west of the Cascades and south of Seattle, click on the Southwest Washington link below.

Hikes are listed alphabetically and divided into three tabs on each page. Scroll down to open the tabs and browse for a park near you.

A few important notes...

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 2023. 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!

People on skis and wearing winter clothes trek through snow toward mountains
An adult and three children examine an interpretive sign with ocean and islands in the distance
A park ranger in a snowy forest touches a tree and addresses two children