If weather patterns continue as they have of late, both of these New Year’s Day events will be stunning escapes into winter wonderlands. To encourage residents to get outdoors and enjoy Washington’s diverse natural landscapes, the state Parks and Recreation Commission has organized hosted events in parks across the state, including our own backyard. At Mount Spokane, take the family out for a guided snowshoe hike (a Sno-Park permit is required for this event, which meets at Trail 130). At lower elevation, park rangers are hosting a guided hike along Deep Creek or the Centennial Trail, depending on how much snow is on the ground. Join that event by meeting at the Deep Creek parking lot, just past the Nine Mile Dam.
Fri, Jan. 1, at 10 am (Mt. Spokane) and 1 pm (Riverside) • Free; no Discover Pass required • Mt. Spokane and Riverside State Parks • parks.wa.gov
— Chey Scott