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Hit a trail this weekend; no Discover Pass needed Sunday

Miles Breneman leads a group of Spokane Mountaineers on a Mount Spokane trail. (Rich Landers)
Miles Breneman leads a group of Spokane Mountaineers on a Mount Spokane trail. (Rich Landers)

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




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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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