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"This little newsletter has been an experiment so far, testing a hunch I've had that such a means of communication among walkers is needed." — Signpost magazine, 1966.

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Miles the Marmot Reports Back on a Record-Breaking Year for Hike-a-Thon

Sep 24, 2021

Our spokesmarmot shares thanks for all the amazing Hike-a-Thoners who did so much for trails.

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Hiker Headlines: Public Lands Day, Burn Bans Lifted, Parks Survey, Mapping Rainier

Sep 23, 2021

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by thanking a ranger. Burn bans have lifted in several areas across the state. King County Parks wants to hear from you as they plan for the future of parks, trails and natural areas. And you may come across signs of a new mapping project at Mount Rainier this week.

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New Book Shares Stories of Northwest Women Who Helped Shape Our History

Sep 20, 2021

Joan Burton's new book, “Footprints in Snow: Seven Brave Women Who Shaped the History of the Northwest Mountains,” shares the story of other iconic women in the history of the outdoors.

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Hiker Headlines: Wet Weekend Weather, Latinx Heritage Month, Lands Reopen, National Parks Nominee

Sep 16, 2021

Wet weather is expected this weekend in Western Washington, including snow at higher elevations. Celebrate National Latinx Heritage Month this September. Wildfire closures are lifting in parts of the state. The first Native American has been nominated to head the National Park Service.

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Hiking Doesn't Have to be Hard: Be Easy on Yourself and Each Other

Sep 09, 2021

Hiking is always worthwhile but it’s not always easy and it’s not always pleasant. Acknowledging the whole spectrum of experiences will make for a more welcoming hiking culture, and being easy on yourself and others can add a little sunshine to a rainy day.

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Hiker Headlines: Shorter Days, Trip Report Milestone, Highway 542 Weekend Closure, After Fire

Sep 09, 2021

Daylight hours are growing shorter as we transition into fall, emphasizing the importance of hike planning and packing a flashlight. We are celebrating the milestone of 200,000 trip reports. A portion of the Mount Baker Highway will be closed Sunday morning for a group bicycle ride. Wildfire closures are still in place across Washington, and the Forest Service gives some insight into the process of safely reopening an area after it burns.

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Exploring the State Through Volunteering

Sep 08, 2021

Our varied, far-reaching volunteer opportunities have the added benefit of giving volunteers a fun opportunity to see and explore new parts of Washington.

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Hiker Headlines: Hunting Season, Long Weekend, Back to School

Sep 02, 2021

Hunting season is ramping up on many public lands across the state. The last long weekend of summer is right around the corner. And, it's time to head back to school.

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El Centro de la Raza on the Trail: An Outdoor Field Trip for Teens

Sep 02, 2021

This trip, which was supported by WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program, was a chance for teens to connect with each other and the outdoors.

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You Know You're in Washington When...

Aug 31, 2021

Washingtonians are known for our love of hiking and outdoor recreation. This love of trails often bleeds into a lot of other aspects of our lives, too, like the clothes we wear and the cars we drive.

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Worth the Weight: WTA Staff Add to the 10 Essentials

Aug 30, 2021

The little luxuries we like to add to our backpacks.

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Hiker Headlines: Gear Libraries, Lyle Cherry Reopening, Wolverines, Community Science

Aug 26, 2021

WTA is excited to open our second gear library in Puget Sound. Lyle Cherry Orchard trails are once again open to hikers. Wildfire season isn't over yet — but we can help you plan around it. Wolverines are making a comeback in the Cascades. And, our local pikas could use your help. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.

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Two Programs Emerge to Benefit the Health and Well-Being of Washington's Children and Adults

Aug 25, 2021

Two successes from the 2021 legislative session will help connect the benefits of nature with the people of Washington state: The Parks Rx Pilot Program and Licensing for Outdoor, Nature-Based Child Care.

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Trails Next Door Are Always There For Me

Aug 24, 2021

The way I hike has been altered drastically, but my enjoyment of nature is unchanged.

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WTA Opens Second Gear Library in South Puget Sound

Aug 20, 2021

New location will make it easier for more groups to get the gear they need to get outside with kids and families.

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A Trails Rebooted Plan for a Special Area Near Mount Rainier

Aug 19, 2021

WTA is working with our partners to create new and improved opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Snoquera area, which offers an excellent area to disperse use from Mount Rainier National Park and other trails.

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Hiker Headlines: Photo Contest, Road to Artist Point Open, Planes in Parks, National Park News

Aug 19, 2021

WTA’s annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open. Highway 542 is open all the way to Artist Point for the first time this summer. Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks want input on their Air Tour Management Plans. The White House plans to nominate a new director for the National Park Service. All national parks are requiring face masks in all indoor spaces and outdoors where distancing is not possible, a good rule to remember if you visit on Aug. 25, for the upcoming fee-free day.

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Planning for Paradise: Your Input on Mount Rainier's Future

Aug 18, 2021

Mount Rainier National Park is looking for your help to improve visitor experiences and reduce congestion in the most trafficked area of the park.

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Young Volunteers Tackle Big Project for Year-Round Trails

Aug 17, 2021

Thanks to dozens of youth volunteers, hikers will have a better experience on easily accessible, year-round trails at Big Finn Hill Park.

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Writing Away the Miles: Poetry & Hiking

Aug 13, 2021

"Hiking, like poetry, gives me the room to explore my own thoughts. And one complements the other."

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Hiker Headlines: Recreate Responsibly Update, Highway 20 Open, Some Trails and State Parks Closed, Changing Air Quality

Aug 12, 2021

The #RecreateResponsibly guidelines have been updated. The North Cascades Highway has reopened. A new fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness remains small, but several trails are closed in the area. Some state parks have temporarily closed due to wildfires. Smoky air could be moving west across Washington this week.

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