Kevin and Carol Bennett
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Empire Trails at Spirit Lake Grand Opening was on Saturday May 16, 2015

SPIRIT LAKE - Spirit Lake has developed trails to more recreational opportunities.

The chamber of commerce and volunteer groups held the grand opening of the 6.5-mile, non-motorized Empire Trails at Spirit Lake on the northwest side of the lake on Inland Empire Paper Company land toward Brickle Creek.

Trailhead at the Silver Beach gate: To get there, drive past the boat launch on Spirit Lake Road and continue about 4 miles just past Silver Beach.

The trails will be open to walk or ride mountain bikes

The trail system includes five bridges and sweeping views of Spirit Lake and at one point, you're 300 feet above the elevation of the lake

The trails will be open seven days a week through the end of September.

The new trail system is on separate Inland Empire Paper land that's open to recreational vehicles.

Trailhead: 4.5 miles from downtown on the northwest side of the lake on Spirit Lake Road.

The cost to utilize the trail system, will be $2.50 per person per day. Passes are available at C's Train and Antique Shop, Sondahl's Pottery and Miller's Harvest Foods in Spirit Lake as well as at the trailhead.

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