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Hike for free at Stub Stewart State Park Jan. 1

For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day.

Information about the special hike to take place at L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park in Buxton (western Washington County) is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website. Go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for “First Day Hikes” in the “event” category.

n Hike time: 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for snacks and refreshments

n Starting location: Hilltop Day-Use Area picnic shelter

n Terrain and length of trail: Three miles on a gravel and dirt trail with 2 to 8 percent elevation gains

n Contact information: Ranger Allie Westfall, 503-724-8429

n Additional details: Ranger-led hike on the Unfit Settlement View Trail to the highest point in the park. For a self-guided option, visit the Discovery Depot at the Welcome Center. Learn a secret phrase at the viewpoint that can be passed on for a memento.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.

For more information, contact Ranger Allie Westfall at 503-724-8429.

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