Eastern Region First Day Hikes

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From snow shoeing to water falls, fat bike snow rides to dog walks -- Eastern Region First Day Hikes have a bevy of winter wonderland fun waiting for you! Scroll down to find your hike or snow sports adventure at parks (by alphabetical order) east of the Cascades in the North Central region, and in Northeast and Southeast Washington to the Idaho border. 

Please note: There is no charge for hikes and a Discover Pass is not required on Jan. 1, a State Parks Free Day. But some hikes do have limited participation and require registration and/or may require a Sno-Park permit. Be sure to save your spot and get your permit(s) following the links included in the Additional Information sections of hikes with these restrictions.

  1. Parks A - F
  2. Parks L - M
  3. Parks P - S

Alta Lake State Park

  • Name of hike: Alta Lake
  • Name of trail: Alta Lake Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 1 mile
  • Where to meet: Alta Lake State Park Office
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: All ages, youth accompanied by parent.
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes  
  • Restrictions: Trail is rated as moderate. Although a 1-mile hike, it can have a short, but steep elevation.    
  • What to bring:  Hiking boots, hiking poles, if cold icy weather you should bring Yak Traks.
  • Contact/organizer: Joe Giampietri. Call (509) 923-2473 or email joseph.giampietri@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: Park Ranger Joseph Giampietri will be leading the group of hikers through our Alta Lake Trail. During the 1 mile out and back hike you can expect to see a scenic view of Alta Lake with terrain consisting of a dirt trail and an elevation shortly over 700ft. Following the hike we will discuss the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 and how it changed much of the geography of the area. For kids, we will host a small activity of camping etiquette in the campgrounds.  
  • Contact Number: Alta Lake State Park Office: 509-423-2473

Columbia Plateau Trail

  • Name of hike: Ice Harbor to Levey Park
  • Name of trail: Columbia Plateau Trail
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 5.5 miles out and back 
  • Where to meet: North Shore Recreation Area and Boat Ramp, Columbia Plateau Trail, Pasco, WA 99301 at Ice Harbor Dam
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age of participant: None
  • ADA accessible? Yes
  • Stroller accessible? Yes
  • Dogs allowed on leash? Yes 
  • Restrictions: Trail surface is gravel and uneven in places.
  • What to bring: Shoes/boots with a heavy rubber outsole. 
  • Contact/Organizer: Travis Gabriel Call: (509) 670-3987 or email at Travis.Gabriel@Parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: This is a guided hike with Ranger Gabriel! The trail winds its way along the Snake River with unique scenery that includes views of the basalt formations along with potential viewing of local wildlife (waterfowl, deer, rabbits...etc).
  • Contact Number: (509) 670-3987

Easton Reload Sno-Park

  • Name of hike: Snowshoe Hike
  • Name of trail: Easton Reload Snowshoe Trail
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 3 miles
  • Where to meet: Parking lot for Easton Reload Sno-Park
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age of participant: N/A
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Dogs allowed on leash? No
  • What to bring:  Snowshoes, warm clothes, water
  • Contact/organizer: Kevin Lieske. Call (509) 859-3016 or email kevin.lieske@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information:  Each participant is required to register for this hike. Please click on the following link and follow the directions for registration. This hike is limited to 15 people and spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE to register. A daily or seasonal Sno-Park Permit is required for each vehicle entering Easton Reload Sno-Park. Buy online or go  here to find out where to purchase your permit in person.
  • Contact Number: 509-859-3016

Fields Spring State Park

  • Name of hike: Fields Spring First Day Hike
  • Name of trail: Multiple, depends on group you go with
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Length of hike: 1 or 4 miles depending on the group you go with. There will be a group with a shorter/easier hike, and a group with a longer/moderate hike.
  • Where to meet: Snowflake Shelter, at the main parking lot near the campground
  • Difficulty: Easy, Moderate
  • Minimum age of participant: None
  • ADA accessible? No
  • Stroller accessible? No
  • Restrictions:A daily or seasonal Sno-Park Permit is required for each vehicle entering Fields Spring Sno-Park. Buy online or go  here to find out where to purchase your permit in person.
  • Dogs allowed on leash?  Yes
  • What to bring:  Snowshoes, with hiking poles if desired. If there is no snow, this outing will become a traditional hike instead.
  • Contact/Organizer: Ann Freeman Call  509-256-3332 or email Ann.Freeman@parks.wa.gov
  • Additional Information: Before and during the hike, visitors will learn about our ongoing forest health thinning project and see the results along the trails. Fields Spring staff will first lead a one mile loop hike on easy, groomed trails, then participants can choose to return to the Snowflake shelter for refreshments or continue the guided hike to the summit of the butte and back. The park office has a dozen pairs of snowshoes for rent for $10 each, including two sized for small children. Please call the office and leave a message to reserve a pair.

    A daily or seasonal Sno-Park Permit is required for each vehicle entering Fields Spring Sno-Park. Buy online or go  here to find out where to purchase your permit in person.
  • Contact Number: (509 )256-3332.