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Jack London Park to host ‘First Day Hike’ on Jan. 1

JACK LONDON STATE HISTORICAL PARK will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Submitted photo

JACK LONDON STATE HISTORICAL PARK will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Submitted photo

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On Jan. 1, Jack London State Historical Park will participate in the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s State Parks, offering an opportunity to kick off the new year with a healthy start.

Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. upper parking area/beauty ranch in the parking lot (turn right from kiosk) at Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen.

The New Year’s Day hike for health is part of both a 50-state collaborative national fitness event and the “150th Legacy Project” celebrating the 150th anniversary of California State Parks.

Jack London State Historic Park, with its vast 1,400 scenic acres and more than 20 miles of trails, is an ideal place to maintain a fitness regimen, and this “First Day Hike” is a perfect way to get it in motion. The moderately strenuous eight-mile, four-hour hike through mixed evergreen forest will conclude at the top of the summit offering sweeping vistas of Sonoma Valley. Along the way, there may even be early sightings of milkmaids, the first brave wildflowers. This hike may not be appropriate for children under 13.

The First Day Hike at Jack London State Historic Park costs $15, which includes parking at the park, a snack and bottle of water.

Hikers should wear sturdy shoes; bring plenty of water and snacks; hiking staff is preferred.

For the 2013 “First Day Hikes,” all 50 states participated and hosted more than 22,000 people in more than 400 different hikes, tours and walks across the country. Advanced reservations, which are encouraged, can be arranged online at jacklondonpark.com. Call 938-5216 for questions or more information.