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National Trails Day is June 4

Posted by Lauren Braden at May 25, 2011 08:05 PM |

National Trails Day 2011 is Saturday, June 4. Celebrate trails with a fee-free hike that day, or sign up for one of our seven work parties to maintain a trail near you.

Do you want to say "thank you" to all the volunteers who maintain your hiking trails? Become a member of Washington Trails Association and support our volunteer trail maintenance program. Please consider becoming a member of WTA today. The next time you go hiking, you'll be glad you did.


Trails are our pathway to nature, and we love them. So do thousands of other people, from city dwellers to families to avid hikers, who will take to Washington’s trails in celebration of the 19th annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4th.

National Trails Day, organized every year by the American Hiking Society, is the largest trail celebration in the U.S. and comprises 2,000 events across the country.

Each year, local groups like Washington Trails Association are a key part of this nation-wide celebration of trails. You can be a part of it, too, by venturing out on one of your local hiking trails on National Trails Day. The theme for this year’s program, Made with All Natural Ingredients, is an open invitation to all people to get outside and connect with the great outdoors.

National Trails Day is a special opportunity to celebrate together something that is important to all of us - our public lands. The great outdoors and the experiences they bring into our lives are there because we as citizens have protected our public lands, and because we volunteer to take care of them.

New to hiking? You can find a National Trails Day hike that fits what you’re looking for, from your desired elevation gain to waterfalls, over at our Hike Finder.

Washington Trails Association is hosting seven volunteer trail work parties to help out trails across the state this National Trails Day. No prior experience is necessary, just a desire to help out and have fun. All work parties begin at the trailhead at 8:30am and end at 3:30pm. Volunteers should bring their lunch and water, work gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Tools, hardhats and training provided.

WTA has even added a special work party this National Trails Day at Cougar Mountain just for families.

National Trails Day Volunteer Work Parties:

Barclay Lake, Skykomish district off Highway 2. We’ll repair trail damage from this past winter and get this wildly popular trail in shape for the busy hiking season ahead. Sign up.

Horseshoe Bend Trail, Mount Baker district. Join us for some general maintenance on this trail that winds through old-growth forest. Sign Up.

Mount Walker, Olympics, Hood Canal District. This trail leads to some incredible scenic vistas. Our crew will be improving the tread on the lower part of the trail. Sign Up.

South Fork Skokomish Trail, Olympics, Hood Canal District. This will be one of our annual spring cleanup days on this popular trail, which often gets moved around by the whim of the river. Sign Up.

Liberty Lake, Spokane County Parks. Come help maintain this lovely trail through large cedars to a nice waterfall. Sign Up.

Cape Horn Trail, Columbia River Gorge. Help build a connector trail at the Cape Horn Overlook area. This work party is in partnership with Friends of the Columbia Gorge. Sign Up.

Cougar Mountain, I-90 corridor near Issaquah. This special work party is designed for families with children ages 10 and up. Sign Up.

Sign up at or call (206) 625-1367.