First Day Hike 2019

The first day hike tradition is a relaxing, beautiful and healthy way to start the new year! We’ve kept this tradition for many years and we always look forward to it. If you’re following along #getoutallwinter then you already have some ideas for how to get outside on New Year’s Day. Make sure to check the weather forecast and dress for a winter outing! If you’re heading to the snow, make sure to also check the avalanche forecast and mountain pass road conditions. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are my top 5 suggestions for getting out for First day hike 2019:

  1. Enjoy a hike in any of Washington’s state parks, which are free on New Year’s day and some even have guided ranger walks!
  2. Visit Mt Rainier National Park-usually the snowplay area at Paradise is open by then, or you could enjoy some snowshoeing at Paradise or a hike or snowshoe at Longmire (depending on the snow level). If you really want to get away from crowds and have some real solitude, try snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the east side of the park.
  3. Visit Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge is a fantastic winter destination for snowshoeing and photography and they even have a small downhill ski hill! It can also be a good destination for cross country skiing if it’s not too icy.
  4. Check out a city park such as Seward Park which has an impressive stand of Old Growth Trees
  5. Check out my list of hikes that are good in any weather, any time of year!
First day hike
Last year’s first day hike at Mt Finlayson on San Juan Island

I wish you much adventure, joy and courage in 2019!

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Jennie Flaming
Jennie Thwing Flaming, Chief Adventure Officer: Jennie's life has been a continual quest for adventure (of the non-adrenalin inducing kind) from birth till now. Professionally, she pursues adventures in teaching, counseling and working to obliterate institutional racism for students in our region's public schools and also works as a tour and hiking guide. Previous professional adventures include working in schools in Seattle and Alaska, leading tours and managing tour guides and presenting traveling science shows and lessons with Pacific Science Center. She believes in sharing her beloved Pacific Northwest home with visitors. She likes to be outdoors and spend time with the people she loves. Jennie is born and raised in Seattle and has also lived in Alaska and the Netherlands.