7 great guided hikes near Seattle to help kick-start your the new year

Dec 11 2019, 1:23 pm

Not everyone has to start the New Year with a hangover. Kick-off the new year with a hike and breath of fresh Washington air during the first day of the State Parks Free Days, a day in which you don’t need a Discover Pass to fully enjoy the parks.

Start the next decade right by taking part in this year’s First Day Hikes, a program of America’s State Parks which encourages folks to start their year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature.

Opt for a guided first-day hike at one of these seven gorgeous Washington state parks.

Griffiths-Priday State Park

 

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Set on the Pacific coast, this park is perfect for beach lovers. Sure, it’s too chilly to enter the water, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the ocean as well as the river at this gorgeous state park. Dogs are not allowed on the guided stroll, and hikers must be at least eight-years-old. The hike begins at 10 am and the meeting point is at the kitchen shelter. Rubber boots and wet-weather clothing is highly recommended.

Where: Ocean Shores, WA
Approximate distance from Seattle: 2.5 hours
Phone: 360-289-3553

Lake Sylvia State Park

 

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Set in a former logging camp, enjoy wandering around the five-mile loop that revolves around the large swimming and fishing lake. While hiking, keep on the lookout for the dam that provided hydro-electric power to the logging camp in the early 1900s. The guided hike begins at 12:30 pm and meets at the legacy pavilion. Hikers on the tour are required to be age eight and up.

Where: 1812 North Lake Sylvia Road, Montesanto
Approximate distance from Seattle: 2 hours
Phone: 360-249-3621

Bottle Beach State Park 

 

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Bottle Beach State Park is a perfect spot for birdwatchers. The guided hike takes place at 10 am at the Bottle Beach Interpretive Trail, and meets at the Bottle Beach State Park parking lots. This hike is stroller accessible and dog-friendly.

Where: 33 Ocosta 3rd Street, Aberdeen
Approximate distance from Seattle: 2 hours
Phone: 360-268-1457

Twanoh State Park

 

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Enjoy a moderate guided hike through the beautiful forest on Hood Canal. The park has an old-timey feel but with modern amenities. The 2.5-mile child-friendly hike meets at the campground entrance at 9 am.

Where: 12190 East SR 106, Union
Approximate distance from Seattle: 1.5 hours
Phone: 360-275-2222

Nolte State Park

 

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The forested, lakeside park is a perfect pick for those looking to encounter small woodland animals. The park includes 1.4 miles of bike trails and 1.4 miles of hiking trails. This is the perfect family park, with a playground as well as a large, grassy field. The guided hike will meet at the main bulletin board at 10:30 am and last 1.25 miles.

Where: 36921 Veazie Cumberland Road, Enumclaw
Approximate distance from Seattle:
1 hour
Phone: 360-825-4646

Schafer State Park

 

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Schafer State Park is best for those wanting to camp out. The national historic and heritage site offers great fishing spots, as well as a two-mile trail.

Where: 1365 W Schafer Park Road, Elma
Approximate distance from Seattle: 2 hours
Phone: 360-482-3852

Lake Easton State Park

 

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Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake and watch for wildlife while trekking through the forest. This hike is for avid snowshoers and those who hold a snow park permit with a groomed sticker. Snowshoes, hiking poles, water, and warm clothing are all required. The hike will meet at the day-use area at 1 pm.

Where: 150 Lake Easton State Park Road, Easton
Approximate distance from Seattle: 1 hour
Phone: 509-656-7688