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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Landers: Clyde Anderson remains as sentinel of Centennial Trail

A key player in the creation of the Spokane River Centennial Trail will have a mile of the 37-mile route dedicated in his honor today. “Guess whose name is on the mile next to mine – Tom Foley,” said a grinning Clyde Anderson, who will be 89 in May.

Local trail angel: Holly Weiler walks the talk

Holly Weiler, 34, has a trail addiction. If she’s not hiking, running, pedaling or skiing trails, she’s building or maintaining them. Her enthusiasm extends to collecting pulaskis and other trail tools. She counts her cross-cut saws among her family and she knows how to pack and use them.

Local Trail Angel: Lynn Smith

Lynn Smith, 64, takes as much pride in the region’s public lands as he does in his Hayden-area backyard. During the Spokane Mountaineers’ Wednesday evening hikes he’s led for 15 years, Smith often wears a large frame pack, leaving the top open and lined with a garbage bag. Like a roving recycling center, he invites hikers on his treks to pick up litter as they go and deposit the debris in his “bin.”

Local Trail Angel: Peter Jantz digs for downhill mountain bikers

The caretaker at Camp Sekani digs his job beyond the call of duty. Peter Jantz, 33, moved into the Spokane City Parks facility at the foot of Beacon Hill in 2008 at the peak of a push to develop a comprehensive trails plan for city and private lands on Beacon Hill.

Local Trail Angel: Mark Pinch

A choice natural area preserve for hikers was preserved with the help of a man who makes his living securing choice areas for development.

Local trail angels: Vic and Robbi Castleberry

Vic and Robbi Castleberry have been stalwarts of Spokane land and river conservation for a half a century. Perhaps none of their causes stands so tall for the public as Palisades Park. They are founding members of Palisades, the nonprofit group originating from the Indian Canyon-area neighborhood that organized to take care of the park.

Local trail angel: Cris Currie

Cris Currie, 58, puts more than muscle into building trails at Mount Spokane. He donates his experience to planning trails, his leadership to getting consensus and his patience to plodding through red tape to get local and state permits.

Back Country Horsemen tend Pend Oreille park trails

Land managers were in high gear last week, working to get Inland Northwest campgrounds open for Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally ushers out the season’s first big wave of outdoor recreation. Pend Oreille County Park was no exception. County crews were using heavy equipment in the 485-acre park adjacent to U.S. Highway 2. The front-loader was followed by a road sweeper and water truck to clean the entrance road.

Washington Trails volunteers clear way for hikers, bikers

A group of volunteers has blazed the way for hikers and bikers to enjoy the burst of autumn colors in the Iller Creek Conservation Area. The Washington Trails Association has worked for three years with other local groups to maintain, rebuild and reroute trails in the popular Valley natural area secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.

Volunteers have created wildly popular trail system on bluff

For more than two decades, a don’t-ask, don’t-tell volunteer trail-building effort has been wildly successful on the South Hill bluff below High Drive. Spokane has a premier neighborhood recreation area with more than 22 miles of routes heavily used by walkers, runners and mountain bikers. And the trails were developed at virtually no cost to the city.

Bike enthusiasts to cut new trails

Devil's Down is a heavenly challenge for the very best mountain bikers and horseback riders. But for average folks it's a hellish section of trail in Riverside State Park.