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‘State of Our Trails’ program set for Thursday

Hikers explore the Dishman Hills Natural Area in Spokane Valley. (Rich Landers)
Hikers explore the Dishman Hills Natural Area in Spokane Valley. (Rich Landers)

TRAILS– Efforts to maintain and develop some of the region’s standout trails will be presented at the annual “state of our trails” program organized by the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition Thursday, 6 p.m., at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley.  (See map)

Groups and agencies will share information on what’s happening at Mount Spokane and Riverside state parks, Spokane County Parks and Conservation Futures areas, Spokane city parks and the Fish Lake rail trail.

Get a summary on area bicycle trails and river trails as well as the effort to secure a “Dream Trail” through the entire Dishman Hills area to the Iller Creek and Rocks of Sharon conservation areas.

Washington Trails Association members will update on volunteer trail work to improve routes in Iller Creek, Liberty Lake and the Colville National Forest.

Read on for a detailed list of the trails to be covered.

  • Centennial Trail - Kaye Turner, friends group executive director.
  • Beacon Hill/Merkle Trail  - Mike Aho, Spokane Parks and Recreation.
  • Spokane River - Andy Dunau, Spokane River Forum.
  • Spokane Valley Bike and Pedestrian Plan - Mike Basinger, city development director.
  • Washington Trails Association - Laurie Fleming, trail work assistant.
  • Dream Trail Update - Jeff Lambert, Spokane Mountaineers or Michael Hamilton of Dishman Hills Natural Area Association
  • Camp Sekani Day - Erika Prins
  • Mount Spokane and Riverside State Park - Ken Carmichael, Inland Empire Chapter, Backcountry Horsemen.
  • Wilderness proposals - Crystal Gartner, Conservatiion Northwest 
  • Fish Lake Trail  Status Report

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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