First Day Hikes set attendance record

01/09/2018

Did the weather entice a record 1,182 hikers to this year’s First Day Hikes? Beautiful, sunny skies—warm on the coast, a bit nippier east and mixed with fog— welcomed hikers.

Elijah Bristow State Park Ranger Sean Stewart didn’t have time for a weather check. At least 60 horseback riders joined Stewart and his Kiger mustang Nocha for the event. Stewart said the equestrian parking lot was filled with trucks and horse trailers. The Collier Memorial State Park hike split into two groups to accommodate 81 hikers. One group took the 2.5-hile trek at a brisk pace with no stops, while the other group strolled at a leisurely pace and stopped for interpretive talks.

Champoeg State Heritage Site held two hikes, and it was a good thing because 100 people were up early for the morning hike and 150 late sleepers joined the afternoon hike. “That is THE record to date,” said Interpretive Park Ranger Daniel Klug.

See the list below for state parks that hosted First Day Hikes, number of hikers and total miles hiked per park.

First Day Hikes - 2018  

Park Attendees    Hikes offered  Total miles hiked
Banks-Vernonia State Trail 75 1 150
Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint 56 1 308
Cape Lookout State Park 48 1 240
Champoeg State Heritage Area 250 2 1,000
Collier Memorial State Park 81 1 203
Cottonwood Canyon State Park 35 1 105
Crissey Field State Recreation Site 25 1 38
Elijah Bristow State Park (horseback ride) 60 1 120
Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area 16 1 16
Historic Columbia River Highway
State Trail (east)
27 1 108
Humbug Mountain State Park 19 1 38
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park 28 1 196
Milo McIver State Park 50 1 90
Oswald West State Park 18 1 36
Silver Falls State Park 58 1 58
Smith Rock State Park 26 1 104
South Beach State Park 31 1 62
State Capitol State Park 55 1 55
Sunset Bay State Park 23 1 65
Sunset Beach State Recreation Site 31 1 124
TouVelle State Recreation Site 38 1 38
Tryon Creek State Natural Area 79 4 158
Valley of the Rogue State Park 40 1 40
William M. Tugman State Park 13 1 39
Total 1182 27 3,390