Take the plunge or take a hike to welcome new year
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One of the popular New Year’s Day destinations on the North Olympic Peninsula, Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, is closed today. The summit and road to it will be open Fridays through Sundays (and Monday federal holidays), weather permitting, through March 31. —Peninsula Daily News file photo

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Cold dips and hikes are among the activities offered to those who want to start 2014 outdoors today.

Four “polar bear” plunges are planned on the North Olympic Peninsula.

They are in:

■   Nordland — 20th annual Nordland Polar Bear Dip, at dock across from Nordland General Store at 7180 Flagler Road on Marrowstone Island, noon.

■   Port Angeles — 26th annual Polar Bear Dip, Hollywood Beach, 10 a.m.

■   Neah Bay — 12th annual Neah Bay Plunge, behind the Neah Bay Senior Center, 341 Bay View Ave., noon.

■   Eighth annual Lake Pleasant Polar Bear Plunge, Lake Pleasant Community Beach County Park, off U.S. Highway 101 in Beaver, 10 miles north of Forks, 10 a.m.

Other ways to enjoy the first day of the year include:

■   The Second annual Jefferson Trails Coalition New Years Discovery 10K Run/Walk, Discovery Bay Golf Course, 7401 Cape George Road, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entry fee is $25 for pre-registrants or $30 at the event. Pre-register at peninsulatrailscoalition.org. For more information, phone Jeff Selby 360-385-0995 or email NYDisco10K@gmail.com.

■   Free New Year's Day Teddy Bear Hike, beginning at North Beach Park at the end of Kuhn Street, 10 a.m.

For more information, phone Fred or Ann Weinmann at 360-379-0986 or email fweinmann@cablespeed.com.

■   Guided hikes — Fort Flagler State Park, meet at 1 p.m. in front of the park museum. On-leash pets are welcome; Fort Worden State Park, meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Memories Vault.

For more information, see www.parks.wa.gov/events.

Last modified: December 31. 2013 6:33PM
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