I love the 200,000 miles of trail that we have in the US and I use them religiously. There’s my after work walks through the old growth in Schmitz Park in my neighborhood or the midweek bike ride on one of the regional trails nearby.
Saturday is National Trails Day
Then there are my pilgrimages on trails to special places. I backpacked into the Pasayten Wilderness and straddled the US-Canadian border. I slapped on a pair of skis and followed snow covered paths into the winter wonderland of Mount Rainier National Park. I pedaled and pushed my bike to abandoned mines and ghost town sites in the Cascades.
I’m not alone in my love for trails. In fact, we Americans will celebrate our love of trails this Saturday on National Trails Day. Organized hikes, bike rides, work parties and celebrations are planned all across this country on trails.
In Spokane, REI and the InlandNorthwest Trails Coalition are hosting the Fish Lake Trail Family Adventure. Families are invited to come out to the trail to do some clean up, then bike or walk one of the most scenic paved trails in Eastern Washington.
The North Kitsap Trails Association is hosting a Bike, Hike and Paddle event. Volunteers will lead a family mountain bike ride on the Port Gamble Trails, a guided walk through the North Kitsap Heritage Park, and a sunset paddle on Port Gamble Bay.
Check here for a listing of registered National Trails Day events in Washington. Then go enjoy your local trails!