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Celebrate New Year’s Day with a Lake Sylvia hike

By The Vidette Staff

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2014 with First Day Hikes, an event available at select state parks on Jan. 1.

In the spirit of the new year, Washingtonians are encouraged to start 2014 with a healthy hike and connect with the diverse natural resources and recreation opportunities found at state parks across Washington on New Year’s Day. Fifteen state parks are offering guided hikes ranging from interpretive strolls through military batteries and Puget Sound coastal forests, to snowshoe walks in the Selkirk and Cascade mountains.

One of the featured hikes is at Lake Sylvia State Park in Montesano.

At Lake Sylvia, Park ranger Darrel Hopkins will lead a 2.5-mile hike along the Sylvia Creek/Forestry Trail, while hikers will learn about area logging history, wildlife and plant life. Meet at 12:45 p.m. at the day-use area parking lot near the swimming area. On-leash pets are welcome. There will also be a shorter hike led by a volunteer from the Friends of Schafer & Lake Sylvia.

There will be hot drinks and cookies provided by FOSLS at the park kitchen after the hike.

The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the parks for the event.

Participants of all ages are welcome. For more information about specific First Day Hikes at Washington state parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events. For more information about the Lake Sylvia call (360) 249-3621 or (360) 612-3479.