First Day Hike

1/1/2022 | Washington State Park | De Soto, MO

Washington State Park will host a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2022, at 1 p.m. starting at the Thunderbird Lodge! This year's theme is "Hike, Bike and Trike," with a choice of two options. Participants can either take part in an interpreter-led guided hike along the base of the rugged 1,000 Steps Trail, or they can bring any human-powered wheeled equipment (bike, trike or stroller), to pedal or walk along the Big River Day-Use Area/Shelter #2 access road. Both groups will meet up at Shelter #2, where snacks will be provided.

Each option is approximately 0.5 mile (one way) to the shelter location. Please note that the 1,000 Steps Trail portion is only for hiking (no equipment allowed). The 1,000 Steps Trail option is a natural trail hiking surface, whereas the Big River Day-Use Area/Shelter #2 access road is a vehicle road surface (for all equipment or a more accessible hiking option). However, motorized vehicles, including ATVs, will not be permitted on this road during the event.

This event is free and open to all ages. Participants are encouraged to dress accordingly for this outdoor winter experience. For more information or to check the status of the event, call the park office at 636-586-5768. 

Registration for this event is required, and a signup link will be available here: https://icampmo1.usedirect.com/MSPWeb/Activities/Search.aspx.

Hike Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: Thunderbird Lodge

First Day Hikes are promoted by America's State Parks. Click here to view more First Day Hikes at Missouri State Parks.

Washington State Park is located at:

13041 State Highway 104, De Soto, MO | 636-586-5768

Associated activities

  • Hiking