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Posted by Susan Elderkin at May 22, 2012 09:40 AM |

The Washington Trails Association website has a new look! After five years, we've ushered in a new dynamic homepage, fresh colors, and a streamlined navigation. What's more, we're now mobile-friendly. Check out the changes at

Notice anything different today? underwent a few changes overnight. A facelift. A redesign. A refreshening. The last major changes to the look and feel of the website took place in 2007, and since then the website has grown both in its content and its audience. We decided it was time for a change.

All of the content you have depend upon is still there - the trip reports, the hiking guide, the trail work schedule and more. Only the package has been updated. Here is brief run-down of what we've done:

New colors, redesigned homepage and social media

The biggest changes are found on the homepage. We've emphasized bigger photos, the Signpost Blog and brought our Trip Reports and Trail Work schedule to front. The homepage is now a one-stop shop for the most relevant and dynamic information on the site. There is less text and more links to the wonderful world of hiking. We encourage you to explore the homepage, and we bet you'll find something you didn't know existed before.

Changes to inside pages are fairly minimal. You'll find new colors. Good-bye red; hello orange. You'll also find that the Signpost Blog encourages all sorts of fun social engagement with comments, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. We'll be running most of our freshest content through this section of the website, so it may be a good idea to bookmark the page.

We're mobile-friendly!

We've shared your pain when using our site with our phones, so we've done something about it. Text, images and other content should stack much more elegantly when the screen is narrowed.

Streamlined navigation

Oh, how the website has grown over the past five years! The old drop-down navigation grew as well, becoming a bit unwieldy. With the new design, we've brought it back to basics, specifically:

  • Creating one place for browsing trip reports: We've operated two views of the trip reports, each carrying about half the audience. To eliminate the duplication, we've brought the best of the two worlds together. The new trip reports page displays the 100 freshest trip reports, with a larger photo, the location of the hike and the ability to expand the text and read the trip report without skipping to a new page.
  • Simplifying the volunteer trail work section: You can now find the trail work schedule more easily, as well as self-select for further information about volunteer opportunities for youth and adults.
  • Rearranging the youth information: You'll now find all of our youth stewardship opportunities under the Volunteer umbrella. Our Families Go Hiking information can now be located as Hiking with Kids under the Hiking Resources dropdown.

New way to log in

Look along the top navigation bar, and you'll find a prompt to login or create an account for writing trip reports and making comments. It will be easy to do so from any page.

Those are the major changes. We hope you like what you see, and we encourage you to explore the with new eyes. We also welcome your feedback. Post your thoughts on this blog. Rest assured, we will read them all and give them thoughtful consideration. Enjoy!


Thanks WTA Communications Team!

Great to see the site moving forward.

Posted by:

"Shadowdad" on May 22, 2012 10:47 AM

Thank you! :)!

What a colorful, bright, refreshing and organized new Home Page! WTA is our Safari home page so we will be greeted by sunshine even on rainy days! Thanks to all who contributed!

Bob and Barb

Posted by:

"Bob and Barb" on May 22, 2012 01:51 PM

Trip reports

Fun new change but the trip report page is difficult to look at. Would be nice to have the old format back.

Posted by:

FiresideChats on May 22, 2012 05:29 PM


Doesn't work well with my favorite browser- Opera (latest version)

Posted by:

"Jimmy Jet" on May 22, 2012 10:07 PM

miss the Hikes index

I appreciate some of the improvements, but I miss the old, simpler list of most recent hikes. It was so easy to scan, and it's very helpful to see at a glance how destinations change with the season. The new, larger format makes scanning impossible. I have already twice mentioned a hike to a friend that he had missed seeing, and it's only been two days!

Posted by:

"PL" on May 24, 2012 03:32 PM

Also miss the hikes index

I also liked how you could scan so many more recent trip reports at once & then just choose the one(s) you want. Also, was having trouble editing my report once done.


Posted by:

Tomas on May 28, 2012 09:20 PM