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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.
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.
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.”
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.
A choice natural area preserve for hikers was preserved with the help of a man who makes his living securing choice areas for development.
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.
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.
He showed up at the trailhead with the usual things you’d bring for a hike: a small daypack, snacks, water. But the tree-pruning shears set him apart.
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.
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.
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.
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.