TRAILS -- Saturday is Washington Trails Day, with groups organizing to give a little TLC to popular paths across the state.
But Sunday is another enticing day to hit a trail especially in Riverside and Mount Spokane state parks, since Aug. 4 is one of the 12 days a year designated for fee-free access to Washington State Parks. Vehicles will not be required to have a Discover Pass for access to state parks on Sunday.
The Washington Trails Association has organized volunteers to repair and improve 140 trails across the state this year, including a backpacking group that will be out this weekend on the Shedroof Divide Trail in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness of northeastern Washington.
The association's website offers a hiking guide and trip reports about current conditions that are submitted by hikers – more than 4,500 submitted in 2013 alone. WTA also offers many hiking suggestions for hikers of all abilities.