First Day Hike

First Day Hike / Ski, January 1st at Lapham Peak

Join us at Lapham Peak on January 1st, 6am-9pm - for the First Day Hike.   Each year thousands of people across the nation kick off the new year by hiking at state parks, forests or trails on New Year’s Day. These hikes provide a way for individuals and families to welcome the coming year in the outdoors, exercising and connecting with nature. For many it has become a tradition.

Report your Activity and Distance on Jan 1st here:  FirstDay

With over 14 million visitors (over 600,000 each year at Lapham Peak), Wisconsin state parks, forests and trails feature some of the Midwest’s best scenery. The change in seasons doesn’t mean an end to exploring the outdoors. Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests and trails offer opportunities to get outdoors – even in winter.

And, Lapham Peak offers cross-country skiing on snow that we pretty much guarantee, with professionally groomed manmade snow, and natural snow added to it when that happens.

Due to COVID-19, First Day hikes will be a self-guided experience to help keep guides and park visitors healthy and safe. Share your adventure with us using the hashtags #OutWiGo and #FirstDayHike on social media.


A vehicle admission sticker is required to visit state park system properties, including on January 1st.  Stickers can be purchased online, by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at individual properties via self-registration stations, electronic kiosks or drive-up window service (select properties only).

Learn more information about Wisconsin State Parks, locate a park near you or find a map to plan your First Day Hike here.

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