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Deception Pass State Park to open for First Day Hike

A "First Day Hike" will be held on New Year's Day at Deception Pass State Park.

The park is one of four Washington state parks that will be open for guided tours on the holiday as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

The hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Day by connecting with the outdoors while supporting healthy lifestyle habits in the natural settings of Washington.

The other hikes will be in Fields Spring State Park in Anatone; Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano; and Squilchuck State Park in Wenatchee.

At Deception Pass Park, the mile-and-a-half hike will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bowman Bay parking area. The trail is moderate, and children must be 5 years or older to participate.

Hot chocolate will be provided after the hike. It is recommended that participants take along water.

First Day Hikes first started at Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Mass., more than 20 years ago.

Washington state park officials said this is the first year all 50 state park systems have offered First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes national campaigns. The program promotes both healthy lifestyles and year-round recreation at state parks.

More information about First Day Hikes in Washington is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/events. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.

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