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Volunteer for Palisades Park cleanup Saturday

TRAILS – Volunteers are needed for the annual Palisades Park Cleanup starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Meet at the intersection of Greenwood, Rimrock and Basalt roads.

A tailgate party lunch for volunteers is set for noon.

The city park, which is near Indian Canyon, features Rimrock Drive, now a non-motorized route overlooking Spokane, plus hiking trails in a natural conservation area.

RSVP: membership@palisadesnw.com.

Mineral Ridge Trail a quick fix for hikers

HIKING — David Taylor, who's already sampled some of the region's choice early season trails, made an early morning hike today on the Mineral Ridge Trail, which starts from the Beauty Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene.  (Head south from I-90 at the Wolf Lodge Bay exit).

The trail was in good shape and the view, as always, didn't disappoint.

Ferry County Rail Trail trestle decked, ready to ride

TRAILS — The Ferry County Rail Trail's Curlew Lake Trestle across the north end of the great fishing lake has been re-decked and is being opened for public use.

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and the county commissioner’s Rail Corridor Committee will dedicate the bridge at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the east end of the trestle.

The Ferry County Rail Trail runs 28.5 miles on an abandoned railway from the U.S.-Canada border to an existing trail at Republic, the county seat. Some portions of the trail are in good condition for mountain biking while some stretches are still rough.  The stretch north from Curlew is especially nice as it follows the Kettle River.

"This project represents the culmination of several years of planning and effort by local, state and federal agencies and volunteers who are working together to improve the Ferry County Rail-Trail," the Rail Trail Partners said in a media release.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony refreshments followed by a group hike on the trail 2.5 miles to Black’s Beach.

BLM opens Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS — The gate has been opened temporarily at Escure Ranch to allow motor vehicles to drive the road less than three miles into Towell Falls, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Spokane office has announced. 

The 14,000-acre BLM Rock Creek Recreation Area site south of Sprague is the realm of hikers and mountain bikers for most of the year, but the road is opened to the scenic falls in the window between the winter and spring mud season and the fire-danger season, which starts sometime in June.

BLM spokesman Steve Smith said:

The Towell Falls gate is now open at BLM's Rock Creek Recreation Site, and that Towell Falls Road has been very recently mowed.  As usual, the gate will remain open until we decide there is too much risk of wildland fire ignition for vehicle travel to continue on that road.

Wenaha River trail in full bloom for hikers

BACKPACKING — This has been a perfect week to backpack the Wenaha River trail into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

Here's what Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner, had to say after returning from a weekend trek into the area

Went down to the Wenaha this weekend. Perfect timing! No rattlers, ticks, or poison ivy yet and an incredible color show!

The Wenaha River Trail was mentioned in my Sunday Outdoors story on April hiking opportunities as one of my top early-season picks for hikers looking to stretch their legs for a day or several days.

You'll find more details on the hike and the area in 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.

Deep Creek hike has potential for discovery

HIKING — My story about the visual pleasures of day hiking in April was published in the Sunday Outdoors section.  One of the hikes mentioned was Deep Creek Canyon in Riverside State Park.

As if to emphasize the timeliness of hiking that area, Crystal Gartner and members of the Upper Columbia River Group of Sierra Club were on the trail finding more to see than spring wildflowers.

If nesting bald eagles might tickle your fancy, take this hike — No. 82 in Day Hiking Eastern Washington — and be sure to hike all the way to the benches on Pine Bluff.

Hint:  Bring binoculars!

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS — Washington State Parks have a couple of fee-free access days coming up. 

Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014:

  • Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday.
  • March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday.
  • April 19 – Spring Saturday Free Day.
  • April 22 – Earth Day.
  • May 11 – Spring Sunday Free Day.
  • June 7 and 8 – National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend.
  • June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day.
  • Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday.
  • Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day.
  • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day holiday.

Federal land fee-free entry days also are scheduled in 2014 to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged. 

Looking for solitude? Head for a nordic ski trail in April

WINTERSPORTS — A glorious day was to be found on the Schweitzer Mountain Nordic Trails on Sunday.

What wasn't to be found?  Many people.

"Glorious day of spring skiing at Schweitzer," said Jette Thorslund Benedetto, who was skiing with Kurt Stellwagen. "We had the XC trails all to ourselves. Views were everywhere and the snow wasn't bad at all."


Hikers find forest trails still plugged with snow

HIKING — April is prime time for exploring lowland river trails or routes through Eastern Washington's scablands.

Here are just a few suggestions, with details in the guidebook, Day Hiking Eastern Washington or 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest:

Short trips:

Spokane River trails, Fishtrap Lake and Hog Canyon, Z Lake, Crab Creek, Rocks of Sharon, South Hill Bluff, Saltese Uplands, Palisades, Slavin Conservation Area.

Longer trips: 

Lake Chelan Shoreline Trail, Northrup Canyon and Steamboat Rock, Escure Ranch, North Fork Asotin Creek, Snake River trail in Hells Canyon.

Flowers are blossoming and the vegetation is greening in these lower elevation areas.  By late June some of these areas will be starting to turn brown.

In the forests, however, trails are weeks from prime conditions because the trees and higher elevations translate into lingering snow cover.

Reports from the mountains above Lake Thomas in the Pend Oreille Chain of Lakes east of  Colville told of deep snow and ice not far from the Valley floor.

The Inland Northwest Hikers ventured Sunday to Marie Creek Trail in the Wolf Lodge area north of I-90 just east of Coeur d'Alene (see photo above and directions in 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest Bonus Hikes).  Sunny areas were fine, but shaded areas were snow-packed.

As Natalia Ruiz put it, "It's a wonderful hike, but at this time trail conditions are atrocious in some areas."

Dishman Hills trail project needs volunteers

TRAILS — There's still time to join group that's reworking a trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Sunday, March 30.

The Washington Trails Association is teaming with the Dishman Hills Conservancy to get the job done

Get details and sign-up here.  

WTA will provide guidance and tools to the volunteers.

Workers will establish a designated trail between Camp Caro and Deep Ravine to the east of the Camp Caro Lodge. 

More WTA trail projects are planned for the Rocks of Sharon area in April and later at Mount Spokane and the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.  

Read on for details about the projects and how you can be involved.

Landers hiking program featured at county libraries

TRAILS — I'll be at Spokane County Libraries tonight and Thursday night to present free programs on "Hiking, the Perfect Sport" based on my latest trail guidebook, "Day Hiking Eastern Washington." 

I'll be sharing tips from the trails and, while I'll cover some great places to go hiking, I'll also explain why I can't easily answer the question "What's your favorite hike?" 

The programs start at 7 p.m. as follows:

Group seeks official status for Canada’s Great Divide Trail

TRAILS — It's hard to imagine why Alberta wouldn't want to promote one of the world's great trails through unmatched scenery.  Some Canadians have stopped wondering why and are regrouping to get the Great Divide Trail officially on the map.

Alberta seeks official recognition for Great Divide Trail
The nearly 746-mile Great Divide Trail runs from Waterton Lakes National Park on the Canada-United States border, follows the continental divide north and ends at Kakwa Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia, and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources Development is seeking a consultant to help get the entire length of the trail officially designated.
—Calgary Herald

Annual Spokane backpacking school starts March 28

HIKING — The highly regarded annual Backpacking School presented by the Spokane Mountaineers starts March 28 — and there may still be a few openings.

  • Two of the instructors, Holly Weiler and Samantha Journot, are pictured above on a 2013 club backpacking trip in the Glacier Peak Wilderness

The weekly evening sessions are on Fridays starting at  6:30 p.m. running through May, when the school concludes with a three day "graduation" backpacking trip in Idaho over the Memorial Day weekend. The classroom sessions are held at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley.

This course covers clothing and boots, map and compass skills, trip planning, major equipment, first-aid, meal preparation and leave-no-trace practices. By the time the class ends, participants should have the knowledge and skills to plan and execute backpacking adventures safely and thoughtfully.

Additionally, the club offers weekday evening hikes and weekend club outings to help hikers get in shape for the season and connect with other backpackers.

Info: David Sorg, (509) 924-6593.

Jewell lends ear to Boulder-White Cloud monument proposal

PUBLIC LANDS — This is promising in an era of deadlock:

Interior secretary seeks invite from Idaho on Boulder-White Clouds plan
While visiting Stanley on Monday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she'd welcome an opportunity to discuss the proposal to designate the Boulder-White Clouds area as a national monument, an invite that's more likely to come from local officials rather than the state's federal delegation of lawmakers given that all four have said they would oppose President Barack Obama's use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create the national monument.
— Idaho Statesman

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS — Washington State Parks have a fee-free access day coming up. 

Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014:

  • Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday.
  • March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday.
  • April 19 – Spring Saturday Free Day.
  • April 22 – Earth Day.
  • May 11 – Spring Sunday Free Day.
  • June 7 and 8 – National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend.
  • June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day.
  • Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday.
  • Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day.
  • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day holiday.

Remember, Mount Spokane is a notable exception during winter season, when the Discover Pass is not valid. Until April 1, visitors are required to have a Sno-Park vehicle permit at Mount Spokane unless you are a patron of the alpine ski area on days the ski area is open.

Federal land fee-free entry days also are scheduled in 2014 to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged. 

Volunteers sought to evaluate grants for parks, trails, boating, farm preservation

CONSERVATION — The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is looking for volunteers to evaluate grant applications and help decide where the next parks, trails and boat launches will go in the state, as well as help prioritize farmlands to conserve.

Volunteers will serve on advisory committees that will rank grant proposals in the spring and summer for farmland preservation and all types of recreation around the state.

“This is a great opportunity for people interested in the outdoors,” said Kaleen Cottingham, RCO director. “The volunteers get to see firsthand what will be happening around the state – what great new parks and trails will be proposed – and help the state decide the wisest places to invest state and federal dollars.”

Volunteers with expertise in project design or project management, landscape architecture, planning or engineering, permitting or property acquisition especially are encouraged to apply. Volunteers serve 4 years. Applications for the advisory committees will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Parks: Seven volunteers are needed to evaluate grant proposals in two different park grant programs.

  • Two volunteers are needed to evaluate grant requests in the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account program, which provides money to buy, improve and protect tidelands and shorelines for the public. The volunteers should be familiar with aquatic lands protection and restoration. Learn more about this committee.
  • Five volunteers are needed to evaluate grant proposals in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s State Parks Category, which provides money to buy, develop and protect lands for state parks. Volunteers should have a statewide perspective on parks and recreation and come from nonprofit organizations, government agencies or be unaffiliated. The volunteers will evaluate grant requests from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and will serve on the State Parks Advisory Committee. Fill out the online application.

Farmlands: Two volunteers are needed to evaluate grant proposals to preserve working farms in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Farmland Preservation category. Volunteers should be farmers actively managing farms or rangeland. They will serve on the Farmlands Preservation Advisory Committee. Learn more about this committee.

Trails: Three volunteers are needed to evaluate grant requests in two different trail grant programs.

Boating: Four volunteers are needed to evaluate grant requests in two programs that provide money to acquire or develop land for boating facilities. The volunteers should be active in motorized recreational boating. The volunteers are needed to evaluate grant proposals in the Boating Facilities Program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant program. Learn more about this committee.

To Apply: Submit a completed application and support materials to RCO by April 11. Online applications are available at www.rco.wa.gov/grants/advisory_cmte.shtml.

Information: Lorinda Anderson at 360-902-3009 

Cyclists, wilderness groups agree on Boulder-White Clouds monument

PUBLIC LANDS — Progress!

Groups reach agreement on protecting Idaho area as national monument
The Idaho Conservation League, Wood River Bicycle Coalition, International Mountain Bicycling Association and The Wilderness Society have hammered out a proposal to submit to President Obama on designating the Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument in Idaho.
— Idaho Statesman

Free cross-country ski day in Methow Valley

WINTER SPORTS — The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association and community partners are sponsoring a free cross-country ski day on Friday, March 14 for people to explore the region's most expansive and varied system of groomed nordic trails.

Trail passes will not be required on Backyard Ski Day and the event even includes free ski rentals and free ski lessons.

Details of the event include:

  • Free trail access all day on all the MVSTA ski trails. 
  • Free ski rentals can be obtained from Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle & Sport, and the Mazama Ski School.  Reservations recommended. 
  • Free, one hour cross-country ski lesson courtesy of Methow Valley Ski School will begin at 10:00am at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama.
  • Free snow cat rides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama
  • Free beverages and s'mores at the Corral Trailhead in Mazama from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dogs also enjoy complementary trail access (with free deer carcasses here and there.)  

Local job openings: land trust, trails association looking to hire

OUTDOORS — Two outdoors/conservation groups — Inland Northwest Land Trust and Washington Trails Association — are advertising this week for job openings in the Spokane area.

Inland NW Land Trust: Executive Director Chris DeForest will transition into the role of Conservation Director by June. During the interim, our Board will conduct a search for his successor and Chris will occupy both positions until the right candidate is hired. Chris was hired in 1997 as the Land Trust’s first full-time staff member and he has been our sole Executive Director.

Staff transition will not affect the conservation work of the Land Trust or its responsibilities to monitor the 47 easements entrusted to it. The Board and staff are poised for a future as successful as its rich history with a transition team ready to invite the next Executive Director’s vision.
More information will be available by the end of March. Questions:  Chris at cdeforest@inlandnwlandtrust.org or  (509) 328-2939.

Washington Trails Association is hiring its first staff position in Spokane.  WTA’s Eastern Washington Regional Coordinator is a temporary, part-time position focused on growing WTA’s presence in the Spokane area. The coordinator will create regional content for WTA publications, develop partnerships, lead outreach and engagement efforts within communities and on the trails and oversee a high quality trail maintenance program in the region.

See the full job description here.

Today is prime for off-trail nordic ski route at Mount Spokane

WINTER SPORTS — If I weren't forced at knife-point to be here in the office today, I'd be taking advantage of the prime conditions presented by the weekend's dump of 10 inches of new snow to be skiing Art's Boogie and other off-trail routes at Mount Spokane State Park.

See Sunday's story (also click the Photos button for photos) about Art Bookstrom, who helped blaze an off-the-groomed-trails route for people who sometimes long for a peaceful trek through the woods.

Extension:  Art's Boogie is about 3Ks one-way from the Selkirk Lodge area to the Nova Hut.  Extend your pleasure by continuing up the access road to the Quartz Mountain Lookout (see photo).

On the other hand, there's freezing rain in the area, so driving would be tricky and the temperatures will be warming as the day advances.

Maybe the office isn't such a bad place to be?

Lessons from rafting the Grand Canyon: for anglers

ADVENTURING — My recent multi-week winter rafting-hiking adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (see story here) prompts a few hints to people planning similar river trips as well as to anglers planning multi-day trips to places such as Alaska:

CARE FOR YOUR HANDS.  River trips suck the moisture out of your skin, especially your hands. I've come home with cracked, bleeding hands after week-long float-fishing trips in Alaska, my fingers so sore it was difficult to stuff a sleeping bag in its sack.

Colorado River rafters emphasize this point and recommend preventive treatment.  

Based on a recommendation from an experienced Canyon boater, I started using ProKera lotion (available at RiteAid stores) twice a day several days before we launched.  

During the trip, I wore paddling gloves as much as possible while on the boat and especially while loading and tending bow lines.

And I applied the extreme-care ProKera lotion two or three times a day. This is the kind of lotion (Tiger Balm also works well) that takes several minutes of rubbing to absorb into your hands. The time is well spent. My hands came out of the desert river trip in excellent condition.

Lessons from rafting the Grand Canyon: for groups

ADVENTURING — My recent multi-week winter rafting-hiking adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (see story here) with a private group prompts me to share some observations to people planning similar group river trips. For example:

BAG THE GROUP KITCHEN: If your trip is long and the group is larger than about six members, rafting guide Brian Burns recommends letting every rafter, couple or family bring and prepare their own meals on their own cooking equipment.

"The group kitchen thing can cause problems on trips longer than a week or so," he said. "People eat different quantities and have different food preferences and the chores can become a sense of friction if some people think others in the group are slacking."

And it can be a big bummer to get up at 5 a.m. on a bad-weather day to get the group meal going so the coffee's ready by 7 — especially if several in the group want tea.  

The do-it-yourself method worked beautifully on our Grand Canyon trip. It gave people time to chill on their own and then mingle as they wished during breakfast and dinner, sometimes sharing with the group treats such as cocktails, chocolate, smoked oysters and wine before and after mealtime.

Even after a couple weeks, the only person you could blame for inadequate food was yourself.

Geologists lead hike through time in Palouse canyon

HIKING — Geologists with the Ice Age Floods Institute are organizing a rigorous full-day hike to explore the geology of the Palouse Canyon from Lyons Ferry  State Park upstream to Palouse Falls on March 15.

Gene Kiver and Lloyd Stoess will lead the eight-mile hike near Washtucna emphasizing the impact of the great Missoula floods in shaping the landscape as well as the history of native Americans and settlements in the area.

Pre-register by email lindakl@centurytel.net or call (509) 235-4251.

In addition:

Tuesday, March 18, 7-9 p.m. Spokane Community College,  Free Public Lecture “Geologic Crossroads in Central Washington” by Nick Zentner, Geology Professor at Central Washington University. 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Science at Spokane Community College and the lecture is scheduled  at SCC’s Lair Auditorium, Building #6, 1810 Greene Street, Spokane.  Zentner will discuss that Central Washington is a crossroads for many important geologic forces—Ice Age Floods from the northeast, Columbia River Basalts from the southeast, and Cascades Ice, ash, and mudflows from the west.  Photos, maps, and short videos will be featured.

Regional Trails Plan is foundation for growth

TRAILS — The big effort recently invested in updating Spokane County's 2008 Regional Trails Plan has resulted in maps and details important to everyone from hikers to developers.

The Spokane County Commissioners approved the updated plan on Tuesday.

The goal of the plan has always been to develop an interconnected system of trails, whether they're simple single tracks or major rail-trail projects such as the Fish Lake Trail.  The plan also seeks to assure adequate maintenance and high standards while promoting the growing trail system as an economic development tool.

The updated plan, with input from Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff and the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, includes a mapped inventory of 677 miles of trails, new trail strategies, an analysis of demand and needs and much more detail throughout.

Skiers, snowshoers to play best hands

WINTER SPORTS – Take a gamble on the hand you’re dealt to win prizes at the Panhandle Nordic Club’s 23rd annual Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe event Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at noon at Fourth of July Pass.

Skiers will do an 8-kilometer course and snowshowers will trek the shortrer Jeanette’s Jaunt route.

Cost: $10 or $5 for youths under 14. Family rate: $25.

Idaho Park and Ski Passes will not be required for participants in this event. 

Landers returns from wild time in Grand Canyon

About 50 hours ago I snapped this photo after hiking out 10 miles and nearly a mile in elevation to the Grand Canyon's  South Rim Village.

I'd been rafting the Colorado River and exploring the side canyons for two weeks. But I had to leave my rafting buddies and return to Spokane as they continue downstream on one of the greatest 30-day adventures one can have in the USA.

Two things motivated me to put the pedal to the metal for the 1,240-mile return drive from the Canyon:

  • Shop-stuff, such as catching up on the news, preparing the next Spokesman-Review Sunday Outdoors package and updating my blog.
  • Being on time for tonight's dinner date with my Valentine, the beauty I kissed good-by on Jan. 27.

Stories to come.  Stay tuned.

Roosevelt Lake shore ideal for winter hikes with dogs

HIKING — Hikers looking for a long winter walk where they can let their dog romp a bit might consider the shores of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area that are away from houses and buildings.

Be smart: If there's anyone around — anglers, walkers or anyone else — use a leash.

Snow rarely lingers long on the Roosevelt shoreline after a storm, and the water level is low from winter through early spring leaving a large beach area for roaming.

Local hiker Karen Jurasin snapped the photo above of her dog, Scout, during a romp on the shore line at the Hawk Creek area northwest of Davenport (page 315 in 100 Hikes of the Inland Northwest).

Trail Cam proves wildlife around when hikers aren’t

WILDLIFE WATCHING — In December, Parks Canada posted this time-lapse video from a trail camera in Waterton Lakes National Park spanning over a four-month period when the area was closed to hikers as a result of flood damage.

See how the animals took advantage of a human-free trail and used it for an easy travel route.

How many species do you count?  

10 tips for safer snowmobiling

WINTER SPORTS — An insurance company compiled this list of safety tips for snowmobilers based on data of what most often goes wrong. Heed these guidelines and you'll stay out of the wrong column of the insurance company's statistics.

  1. Be aware of the conditions and slow down at night. Check out the weather forecast prior to riding. Slow down at night, especially around frozen water and in the mountains.
  2. Be smart. Use the proper signals to identify your intentions to other drivers around you. Keep your speed in line with the conditions and with your level of experience.
  3. Be prepared. Always bring a first-aid kit and survival items such as a flashlight, knife, compass, flares, and a fire starting kit.
  4. Don't drink and drive. There is a misconception that alcohol will keep you warm. In reality, it increases your risk of hypothermia and also slows your reaction time and decreases your ability to make good decisions.
  5. Don't ride solo. Snowmobiling is more fun when you can enjoy the adventure with friends and family. If you decide to ride alone, be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  6. Dress properly. Wear protective gear such as a safety-certified helmet, warm gloves, a windproof outer layer and boots.
  7. Know the laws and regulations. State laws and regulations may vary; therefore, you should check with the local Department of Natural Resources or law enforcement agencies to familiarize yourself with the rules in your area.
  8.  Know you're protected. Be sure you have proper insurance coverage to protect your vehicle and provide liability coverage in case someone gets injured or property is damaged during the use of your machine.
  9. Maintain your snowmobile. When you pull your sled out of storage, perform a thorough check to make sure that everything is working properly. Before each ride, it is important to follow a checklist in your owner's manual.
  10. Tread lightly and respect nature. Ride only in areas where it's permitted. Wait for enough snow to cover vegetation, avoid running over trees and shrubs and don't disturb wildlife around you.

Roskelley keynotes Riverside Park Foundation meeting

PUBLIC LANDS — John Roskelley, a Spokane mountaineer and former county commissioner, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual meeting of the Riverside State Park Foundation.

The public is invited to the meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29,  at the Mountain Gear retail store, 2002 N. Division.

The foundation,  a nonprofit group that supports Riverside State Park, also will feature Chris Guidotti, park manager, and Lucinda Whaley, Washington State Parks and Recreation commissioner from Spokane, speaking about the status and future of Riverside and the state's century-old parks system.

 Riverside, which borders the city of Spokane, is Washington's largest state park with two rivers, several campgrounds, an equestrian area, ORV area, cultural sites, boating and paddling access, miles and miles of mixed use trails, plus wildlife and stunning scenery. Riverside rangers also manage the Little Spokane River Natural Area, Columbia Plateau Trail and the Centennial Trail, among other duties.


Now is a great time to join the Riverside State Park Foundation as it introduces its newly created membership packages. The Foundation is instrumental with the fundraising for Riverside State Park through project support, education, volunteerism and events. For more information about the Riverside State Park Foundation, visit .