Chiloquin, Ore. – The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks for free guided First Day Hikes in state parks on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1.

Information about the hike hosted at Collier Memorial State Park is below:

  • This flat 2.5-mile hike on the Williamson River Trail Loop includes great river and forest views and possible views of nesting eagles. Check the morning weather conditions—the hike could turn into a snowshoe hike if there’s snow. Bring your own snowshoes or rent them at Sky Lake Wilderness in Chiloquin, The Ledge, Klamath Basin Sports, or Bullet Rentals in Klamath Falls.
  • Please register for the hike by calling the park office at 541-783-2471 ext. 21 by Dec. 30, between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Or, leave a message if the office is closed.
  • The hike starts at 10 a.m. and begins at the Collier Logging Museum parking lot.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Dogs are welcome on six-foot leashes.
  • Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy hiking boots, and bring water and snacks, as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.
  • For more information, call 541-783-2471 ext. 21.

The $5 day-use parking fee is waived that day for all state parks that require a parking permit and are open.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes.

First Day Hikes is a national initiative to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, promote exercise and encourage connecting with nature. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has participated since 2012.