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Columbia Plateau Trail Upgraded with New South Section

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PASCO, Wash-- Several Washington hikers' dreams have come true. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission dedicated the completion of a 15 mile south section of Columbia Plateau Trail near Ice Harbor Dam. 

This new section is part of the larger Columbia Plateau Trail that stretches 130 miles starting near the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway and ending in Cheney.

"I think the ultimate goal is for someone to start out on one end on a bike or a horse and go clear to the other end," said Melinda Mckeen, Park Ranger.

Plans to upgrade and extend the trail started back in 1995. Park Rangers say the trail is not just for hikers, but also bikers and horseback riders are welcome. It's a great place to go bird watching because it follows the Snake River, but they say watch out for rattlesnakes.