The Future of Washington’s “Trailtopia”

Snyder to discuss economic data relating to outdoor trail recreation at the 2018 Expo

On Sunday, February 25th, at 1:30 p.m., join Jon Snyder at the Great Spokane Outdoor and Bike Expo for a presentation on the future of Washington State trails. Snyder is the Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor to Governor Inslee, and he plans to give us a tour of the good, the great, and the lesser-known aspects of some of our beloved trails.

Washington State provides beautiful long trails and pathways, including hiking and biking trails like the John Wayne Trail, Columbia Plateau Trail, Centennial Trail, Fish Lake Trail, Ferry County Rail Trail, and the Pacific Northwest Trail. These trails and others form a network that connects throughout the region for a veritable “Trailtopia.”

In his presentation, Snyder will discuss the future of some of these trails.

“There is some new data on the economic impact of outdoor recreation that is pretty compelling and makes the case for more investment in our trails system,” says Snyder, who will dish more details in his presentation.

Just as important as the data, Snyder says he is eager to hear from Expo attendees what they want to see in our statewide trail system, so he can take those ideas back to Olympia. Snyder says that we lead the nation in some aspects of our trail system but follow in others.

Snyder at Mt. St. Helens (Photo: Heidi Arbogast)

To help people stay involved with the trail system and more, Snyder founded our very own Out There Outdoors Magazine. He believes the magazine and events like the upcoming Expo are powerful resources to bolster our outdoor scene.

“The magazine and the Expo [. . .] make it easier for all sorts of people to participate in the outdoors and share information,” says Snyder. “We need to lower the barrier to getting outside and both of these things are great vehicles for doing that.”

So, what’s a trail-savvy guy like Snyder’s recommendation for an early spring hike in our state? He says to hit up Drumheller Springs on Spokane’s north side and go on a walk and picnic for “a neat little wild oasis in the city.”

Be sure to sit in on Snyder’s presentation at the Expo for up to date (and future) information on our Washington State trails!


About the Spokane Great Outdoor and Bike Expo:

Where: The Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

When: Saturday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tickets here

Expo Website here

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