Hiker Headlines: Refuge Outdoor Festival, Closures and Fire Restrictions, New Park
Refuge Outdoor Festival is this weekend! Be aware of a few trail and vehicle access closures. New campfire restrictions have been put into place. And, a new park in Spokane has been opened.
It’s August 11. Refuge Outdoor Festival is this weekend! Be aware of a few trail and vehicle access closures. New campfire restrictions have been put into place. And, a new park in Spokane is now open. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Refuge: Refuge Outdoor Festival is this weekend, August 12 through 14! Join Golden Bricks Events for an overnight camping experience geared toward Black, Indigenous, People of Color and allies to build community through outdoor recreation, music, art and conversations at Tolt-McDonald Campground. WTA will also be presenting multiple workshops at the festival this year!
Closures: The Mount Teneriffe trailhead, trail and all access to Teneriffe Falls will be closed August 16 and 17 for hazard tree removal to prepare for a future bridge. Per King County Parks, the Coal Creek Falls trail on Cougar Mountain will be closed from August 15 through September 1 to replace the Coal Creek Falls bridge; all other trailheads and trails on Cougar Mountain will remain open. And, vehicle access around the Sumas Mountain area has been temporarily closed.
Fire restrictions: Due to wildfire risk, campfires are now banned in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and restricted to metal rings at designated sites in both Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, as well as in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
New park: The Upriver Park along the Spokane River is open! The three-acre park provides public river access and a new green space. The segment of the Centennial Trail along the park has been widened as well.
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