"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.
Take a Hike and Help the Economy
Dec 10, 2020
Outdoor recreation is a huge contributor to our state's economy. In 2019, $5 billion was spent on hiking alone. And overall outdoor recreation spending is $26.5 billion. In other words — hiking is good for you, and it's good for our state.
How to Uncover 'New to You' Hikes on WTA this Winter
Dec 10, 2020
Hint: it's all in the filters.
Hiker Headlines: Volunteers Rock, Winter Trails, Merging Planets, Boost for Everest
Dec 10, 2020
It’s December 10. Thank you to all the volunteers who supported WTA through an especially challenging year. Summer trails don’t always translate into safe winter trails. Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer than they have since 1226. And, Mount Everest just got a little taller. Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
Small But Mighty: Backcountry Crews Make Big Strides on Lost Trails
Dec 09, 2020
Our pint-size backcountry crews were able to get a lot of work done — donating over 6,000 hours of work to lost trails across the state! We want to share a few highlights from our 2020 season to give you a peek at everything these crews accomplished.
Trail Volunteers: Thank You from a Blue Hat
Dec 07, 2020
2020 was hard, but volunteers have shown up for trails in a big way.
Be Kind to Your Feet: Our Favorite Socks
Dec 04, 2020
For hikers, there is no more important tool than your feet. You want to take care of them so they can carry you for endless miles. Here are a variety of socks that our staff and gear testing team recommend.
Hiker Headlines: Spruce Railroad Trail, Winter Recreation, Christmas Tree Permits, Land Transfers
Dec 03, 2020
It’s December 3. The Spruce Railroad Trail has reopened. A permit is required to park at the many Sno-Parks around the state. We explain the rules and regulations around Christmas tree permits. The Department of Natural Resources announced two land transfers. And, Baker Lake Dam Road will be closed for two full days. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Mica Peak Traverse: Completing A New Trail Near Spokane
Nov 25, 2020
This fall, WTA volunteers and partners celebrated another win for trails in the Spokane-area, this time in the form of a trail connecting two of the region’s largest swaths of public land. The California Creek Trail, completed in mid-October, now officially connects Liberty Lake Regional Park and Mica Peak Conservation Area.
Hiker Headlines: Thankful for the Outdoors, Funding for Projects, Virtual Events
Nov 25, 2020
It’s November 25. Consider 6 outdoor activities to celebrate the season in addition to #OptOutside, which is this Friday. The Forest Service is accepting public comment on which projects should be funded. In-person events put on by the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will go virtual this winter. And, a turkey visits a national park. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Hiker Headlines: Highway Closures, Avalanche Info, Outdoor Economy, Firefighters Wanted, Wanapum Planning
Nov 19, 2020
It’s November 19. Three mountain passes are now closed for the season. The Northwest Avalanche Center updated their website. A new report shows the size of the outdoor recreation economy in Washington State. DNR is hiring wildland firefighters for the 2021 season. And, you can submit your comments to help with planning for the Wanapum Recreation Area in Central Washington. Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
Grateful for the Wins: Some Good in a Tough Year
Nov 18, 2020
A moment of gratitude to our community for continuing to make so much possible. Together, helped hikers get outside, helped keep each other safe and even advanced some critical work for our mission.
Hiker Headlines: Snow and Avalanche Safety, Outdoor Access for Veterans, Park Survey, Muddy Trails
Nov 12, 2020
It’s November 12. Trip reporters are sharing details about winter conditions on trail. A discounted avalanche safety course will be offered this winter for folks who self-identify as BIPOC. Two big wins for veterans were announced this week: free access to National Parks, and a bill to expand outdoor therapy as a treatment for PTSD. Clark County Parks wants your input for future planning. And, a reminder that Spokane County Parks trails are closed when muddy. Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
8 Favorite Outdoor-Themed Games
Nov 12, 2020
These staff recommended games are the perfect accompaniment to your shoulder-season adventures — or a fun way to stay busy while you wait out the highcountry snow. Not to mention, they'd also be great holiday gifts for the nature lovers in you life! (Feeling extra? Pair it with a gift donation to WTA or other great outdoor nonprofit.)
Hiker Headlines: Free Days, Grand Openings for Trails, Plans for Forests and Parks
Nov 05, 2020
It’s November 5. The final free days for State Parks are coming up in November. Two ribbon cutting ceremonies, one on the Olympic Peninsula and one in Spokane Valley, mark major accomplishments for trail access. Washington DNR released their 2020 Forest Action Plan. And, you can provide your input for recreation planning in the Blue Mountains. Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
You Voted for Trails: Here's What's Next
Nov 04, 2020
The results of 2020 elections continue to be reported across the country. This year, many voters have submitted their ballots by mail. As a result, the counting of those ballots will occur over the next few days and weeks.
Meet Our Favorite Hiking Cat Trip Reporters
Oct 29, 2020
Move over hiking dogs — it's time for cats to take the spotlight (at least for #NationalCatDay).
Hiker Headlines: Sno-Parks, New Public Land, Twisp Area Restoration
Oct 29, 2020
Starting this Sunday, hikers can prep for winter adventures by purchasing a Sno-Park permit. The Every Kid Outdoors pass is receiving an extension. New public land is coming to the Little Spokane River. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest released plans for a Twisp River drainage restoration project. And, a new community forest in Kittitas County wants to hear from you.
Hiker Headlines: Hiker Survey, Rainier Roads Close, Forest Jobs, New Plan for Gorge, Bat Week
Oct 22, 2020
Tell us about your hiking season by taking a short survey. Roads close at Mount Rainier National Park due to winter conditions. The forest service is hiring. A new plan for the Columbia River Gorge looks toward the future. And, it’s Bat Week! Here’s some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.
Found in Recent Trip Reports: Hikers Helping Hikers
Oct 21, 2020
If you keep up with trip reports, you're bound to hear plenty of inspiring stories. Hikers hitting the trail for the first time, hikers reaching a new personal milestone, hikers experiencing awe, or one our favorites — hikers helping other hikers.
Hiker Headlines: Snow in the Mountains, Photo Contest, Winter Camping, Hunting Season
Oct 15, 2020
Snow is falling, temperatures are dropping, and the days are getting shorter — the late fall hiking season is here. Submit your photos to our annual photo contest. Sno Park permits will go on sale November 1 and Washington State Parks just released the list of campgrounds that will remain open through the winter. Fall is also peak hunting season.
Trail Planning Takes Time: Scouting Trails in the Teanaway Community Forest
Oct 13, 2020
WTA is helping bring the Teanaway Community Forest trail plan to life, scouting an existing web of unofficial trails for the ones that will be able to sustain hikers, bikers and riders for years to come.