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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Alaska State Parks encourages Alaskans to celebrate the New Year by “enjoying the great outdoors in their local state parks,” and as such, local volunteer groups are hosting five hiking/skiing excursions in Delta Junction, Homer, Sitka, Juneau and Ketchikan on New Year’s Day.
The free, guided events are a part of the national First Day hikes initiative sponsored by state park systems throughout the United States. The half-mile loop hike in Ketchikan will take place at 11 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Refuge Cove Beach Trail in the Refuge Cove State Recreation Site.
According to a press release from the state of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, anyone wishing to attend the First Day hike in the First City should meet at the parking area at Refuge Cove State Park. The difficulty of the hike is ranked “easy,” and all ages are welcome. There is no minimum age for children, and well-behaved dogs on a leash are also welcome.
The press release states to dress for the weather and to bring binoculars if interested in birding, as a local bird expert will be there to answer questions.
The First Day hike, ski or snowshoe event in Delta Junction will take place in the Quartz Lake State Recreation Area. In Homer, there will also be an opportunity to hike, ski or snowshoe at the Eveline State Recreation Site.
In Sitka, the First Day hike will be on Mosquito Cove trail, in Old Sitka State Historical Park; and in Juneau, the First Day hike will be on Airport Dike Trail in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.