7 Inspiring Ways to Celebrate National Trails Day in the Northwest

Hiking Friday, June 6, 2014 Written by

Thousands of miles of trails extend across the Northwest for us to enjoy. But how do you think they got here? As you might expect, trails don’t just appear – they take countless hours of volunteer work to construct and maintain throughout the year.

On Saturday, June 7, you can celebrate your local trail maintenance volunteers and your favorite Northwest trails on National Trails Day. Organizations across the Northwest will be offering a number of fun and active opportunities to get involved. So get outside and show our Northwest trails some love!

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY IN Washington

Cleaning Trails Day
1. Team up for trails across Washington with the WTA
The Washington Trails Association (WTA) will host volunteer work parties across the state where you can clean up trails and help get them into shape for the busy summer hiking season. On June 7, join cleanups on the following trails:

  • Vancouver Lake
  • Horseshoe Bend Trail
  • McClellan Butte Trail
  • South Fork Skokomish Trail at Lebar Camp
  • West Boundary Trail
  • Iller Creek Trail
  • Evans Creek Preserve – This one is great for kids!

Can’t volunteer on June 7? The WTA hosts work parties all year round. Visit www.wta.org to sign up!

2. Meet The Mountaineers in the Methow Valley
Join the Mountaineers for a weekend in the Methow Valley. Hike the Sun Mountain trails and celebrate National Trails Day at Sun Mountain Lodge. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

3. Clean up Spokane-area trails with the Riverside State Park Foundation
Help the Riverside State Park Foundation and REI clean up the Knothead Trail on the Little Spokane River on June 1. This event is great for families and volunteers of all ages. Learn more and register on the Riverside State Park Foundation website.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY IN Oregon

Running Trails Day4. Trail ride in Salem with the Northwest Trail Alliance
Help maintain the Sandy Ridge Trail System by fundraising and riding your mountain bike with the Northwest Trail Alliance. Shuttle trucks will be provided to take riders to the beginning of the top of the trailhead every 10 to 20 minutes. All proceeds will help to provide new trail access and maintenance for Salem’s Sandy Ridge Trail System. Visit www.nw-trail.org to sign up and for more information.

5. Run to benefit Eastern Oregon’s Trail Tenders
What better way to celebrate National Trails Day than on a trail run that helps your favorite trails? Benefit the trails of the National Historic Oregon Trails Interpretive Center in the Run to the Ruts 5K run/walk or 10K run. It’s also a “Free Fee Day” at the Interpretive Center, so be sure to stop by after the race!

6. Improve Beaverton-area trails at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Join the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District to resurface and improve drainage along trails in Beaverton’s Tualatin Hills Nature Park. Tools, gloves, snacks and more will be provided for this National Trails Day volunteer event.

7. Celebrate a new trail in the Applegate Valley
Help dedicate the new Long Gulch Trailhead with ribbon cutting ceremony performed by the Applegate Trails Association, plus hike The Heart Trail through the heart of the 5700-acre Wellington Wild Lands. Enjoy free snacks, incredible views and National Trails Day fun!

To find more National Trails Day events in a Northwest city near you, visit the American Hiking Society website.