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January 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Get in free to national parks, state parks and forest sites on Monday

Hey pennypinchers, spread the word: National parks, Washington state parks and national forest recreation sites are all fee-free this coming Monday.

A snowshoer treks through snow at Paradise on Mount Rainier. (photo by Mike Siegel / Seattle Times files)

That’s right. In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21, you can breeze right past the gatehouse (in a safe and controlled manner, at no more than 15 mph, of course) at Mount Rainier National Park. Fearlessly park without a Discover Pass at Deception Pass State Park. Or hike any trail you can get to in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest without posting a Northwest Forest Pass on your dashboard.

The same applies to other parks and national forests across the region (but you still need a Sno-Park permit at Sno-Park sites, and a Discover Pass at Fish & Wildlife sites).

It makes it a good day to head for the snow-play area or take a ranger-guided snowshoe walk at Paradise, on Mount Rainier, without paying the usual $15-per-carload fee. More info on winter fun at Rainier here.

It’s nice to have the outdoors really be free once in a while. Take the kids tubing. Teach a nephew to cross-country ski. Love the outdoors? Pass it on.

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