"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.
HOV Lanes, Drains, and Automobiles: Carpool to Your Next Work Party
Jul 20, 2021
You don’t have to go it alone: consider carpooling to your next work party. Carpooling is a great way to cut down on congestion on the road and at the trailhead, curb emissions and build community.
The Power of Loops & Connections
Jul 19, 2021
Creating trail systems that allow for loops makes a better experience for hikers — and it’s easier on the land, too.
Hiker Headlines: Fire Closures, Burn Bans, Lookout Restoration, New ADA Trail
Jul 15, 2021
Active wildfires have led to the closure of several recreation areas. Burn bans have been extended throughout the state. High Rock Lookout is receiving long-awaited restoration work. The Erinswood trail is looking forward to some upcoming ADA improvements. And, extended gear sizes may be coming to a retailer near you.
Reviving an Old Route to the Pratt
Jul 13, 2021
WTA has been hosting annual work parties and Backcountry Response Teams along the Pratt River Trail since 2016 as a part of our Lost Trails Found campaign. We're working to save this alternate access point into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and ensure plenty of hiking opportunities in a place that needs it most.
Outdoors Infrastructure Receives Big Boost in House, Looks for Support in Senate
Jul 09, 2021
The INVEST Act was passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with some legislation important to the outdoors — including the Legacy and Roads Trails Act, the Transit to Trails Act, and the Outdoors for All Act. But they are apart of a larger bill that is now in the hands of the Senate.
Writing Trip Reports to Remember a Loved One
Jul 09, 2021
Each year, Diego Moreno's sister and mother go backpacking as part of a memorial trip for Diego, Lizzie's son and Alejandra's brother. They find the time spent in nature is a balm for them, and helps them connect with Diego.
Volunteer Profile: Jade Tabony — Data Scientist, Outdoor Adventurer & Cheez-It Enthusiast
Jul 08, 2021
We talk technology, slacklining and what it's like to give back to a cause you care about.
Hiker Headlines: Burn Bans, Highway 18 Closure, Trails Reopened
Jul 08, 2021
Expect burn bans across much of the state. A major portion of Highway 18 near Tiger Mountain will be closed this weekend. The Sunrise Road is now open at Mount Rainier. Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge has reopened.
Making Friends on Trail, Thanks to WTA
Jul 06, 2021
WTA members Judy Cochran and Pascale Lelong met for the first time on a WTA volunteer vacation back in 2015 — and they've been hiking together ever since.
New Loops, New Hikes, New Views in the Columbia River Gorge
Jul 02, 2021
Thanks to a partnership between Washington Trails Association and Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust, the trail system at the land trust’s Lyle Cherry Orchard Preserve has been improved.
Hiker Headlines: Fire Restrictions, Equitable Outdoors, Tiger Mountain, New Website Feature
Jul 02, 2021
Fire restrictions have tightened across much of Washington. A new chief of the Forest Service has been named. There is a new opportunity for public comment about equity and access to public lands services. Portions of some trails on West Tiger Mountain will be temporarily closed. A new tool on wta.org suggests new hikes.
Hikers Carrying Dogs: A Gallery of Sweetness and Hilarity
Jun 30, 2021
If you hike with a dog, there are usually a few extra safety considerations you need to take into account before you head out on trail. Not only do you need to keep yourself safe and happy, but you need to keep your pup safe, too. And sometimes ... that means giving them a ride.
New Study: Investments in Public Lands Brings Jobs, Economic Benefits
Jun 28, 2021
With hiking up 16% last year, investments in public lands are critical to sustaining the growing benefits to local and national economies from recreation.
Hiker Headlines: Heat Advisories, Wildfire Risk, Burn Bans, Temporary Trail Closures
Jun 24, 2021
Heat advisories are in effect across Washington state with temperatures expected to reach triple digits in many regions. With the increased temperatures and dry weather, burn bans are in place and wildfire risk is a concern as hikers head into the backcountry. Franklin Falls and Denny Creek trails will be temporarily closed.
Your Next Hike: WTA's Newest Website Feature Makes Personalized Suggestions
Jun 22, 2021
Everyone experiences trails differently, which is why WTA's newest website feature suggests hikes just for you.
Volunteer Profile: Doris Wang
Jun 22, 2021
Doris is a well of positive energy. She came to WTA after a friend introduced her to trail work parties, and since then has brought her friends and her husband to trail work, and been a fantastic trail ambassador on social media. We asked her a few questions about why she likes volunteering and what keeps her engaged in WTA's community.
Nature on Trail: Pika, Paintbrush
Jun 21, 2021
Washington's wild places are teeming with life. Learn a bit more about two common species, the pika and paintbrush, and where you can find them.
Q&A: The Value of Trip Reports for Hiking with Kids
Jun 18, 2021
Trip reporter Robert “Ups n Downs” Shirk loves to get out on trail with his kids, and trip reports are a big part of how he researches trails. Ups N Downs is also a prolific trip reporter, and we caught up with him recently to hear more about why trip reports are so important to him for his adventures.
Hiker Headlines: New Spokane Area Trails, Peninsula Planning, Smoke Forecast, Juneteenth
Jun 17, 2021
Exciting new trail work projects are getting underway in the Spokane area. The public can participate in planning for Miller Peninsula and Sequim Bay State Parks. Discover Passes can now be checked out at Seattle Public Libraries. A new smoke forecast map will aid in finding clean air during the wildfire season. On Juneteenth, learn about and support organizations working to make the outdoors more inclusive.
Worn Wear: WTA Staff's Favorite Gear With a Story
Jun 16, 2021
All of our gear has a story to tell. It comes along with us on all of our adventures, big or small, and accumulates layers of sweat, dirt and memories over the years.
Trip Reporter Q&A: The Joy of Hiking One Area Over and Over
Jun 11, 2021
Trip reporter Birb has hiked nearly all of the trails in the Issaquah Alps — and found beauty and peace along the way.