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Protect the Future of Trails with WTA
Aug 01, 2022
Hundreds turned out this weekend for Washington Trails Day to join WTA in protecting the future of trails. You can join too.
Epic Backpacking, Epic Transit: A WTA Staff Member's Alternative Transportation Tips
Jul 29, 2022
Out-and-back and loop hikes make transportation to and from trailheads relatively simple. But what if you’re planning a long one-way thru-hike? One WTA staff member shares her experience using alternative transportation to get to and from a long hike and some tips she has for others looking to do something similar.
Hiker Headlines: Hike-a-Thon, Closures, Washington Trails Day
Jul 28, 2022
WTA’s 19th annual Hike-a-Thon starts August 1. The Snow Lake trail will be closed starting July 29 through October, and the roads to the Talapus Lake and Ira Springs trailheads continue to have ongoing closures. Campfire restrictions are in place on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Join us for Washington Trails Day this Saturday, July 30. And, incredibly hot weather is in the forecast this weekend.
Hike Across Washington Through Motion Pictures
Washington's remote areas, diverse landscapes and iconic landmarks make it a great place for filming and telling any number of stories. With the large variety of different places in the state where motion pictures have been set and filmed, you could easily hike all across Washington just by visiting these spots.
Why Do We Fix Popular Trails?
Jul 26, 2022
Popular trails can need as much — or more — maintenance than less-well-known routes. Find out why.
Outdoor Leaders Who Inspire Us: the Service Board
Jul 26, 2022
We recently talked with a few groups we admire, including Shona Kerrick from the Service Board, to learn more about how they are building better futures for their communities.
Community-Based Solutions: Darrington Local Coordinating Mountain Loop Highway Trailhead Ambassador Program
Jul 25, 2022
Talking community and battling doomscrolling with the coordinator of the Mountain Loop Highway's newest trailhead ambassador program.
Hiker Headlines: Now Hiring, Campfire Restrictions, Summer Construction
Jul 21, 2022
WTA is hiring! Campfires restrictions are returning to some Washington areas due to wildfire danger. Some facilities will be closed as the Highway 20 repaving project continues. Recreation fee changes have been proposed by Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Rehabilitation efforts are starting up on Stevens Canyon Road. And, check out WTA’s interview with KUOW about what goes into saving a trail.
What Makes the Vivid Colors in Mountain Lakes?
Jul 20, 2022
If you’ve hiked to many mountain lakes, you’ve likely noticed that many of them are particularly blue — some almost seem otherworldly in their intensity. But what makes those lakes such an eye-popping color?
Outdoor Leaders Who Inspire Us: Trail Mixed Collective
Jul 19, 2022
We recently talked with a few groups we admire, including Quena Batres and Liselle Pires of Trail Mixed Collective, to learn more about how they are building better futures for their communities.
Field-Tested Favorites: Mealtime Experiences and Recipes from WTA Outdoor Leadership Training Leaders
Jul 18, 2022
Two leaders from WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program, Christine Zarker Primomo and Harper McFadden, share their experiences cooking with youth in the outdoors, and their favorite backpacking recipes from their trips.
Hiker Headlines: Artist Point Road Opening, Trail Closures, Sundaes Outside
Jul 14, 2022
The road to Artist Point is open for the season! Forest Service construction will close the Annette Lake trail through October. King County Parks construction will close some of the Cougar Mountain trail network through July. And join Golden Bricks Events for Sundaes Outside this Sunday, July 17 at Dash Point State Park.
Plans, Packs & Permits for Summer Backpacking
What to consider before you head out for backpacking adventures this summer. | By Craig Romano
Outdoor Leaders Who Inspire Us: Sea Potential
Jul 13, 2022
We recently talked with a few local outdoor groups we admire to learn more about how they are building better futures for their communities.
Find Your Hiking Community Through These Events
Jul 11, 2022
We’re highlighting a few of our favorites for you to check out this summer.
Hiker Headlines: Road Openings and Closures, Urban Forest Funding, Survey on E-Bikes
Jul 07, 2022
Sunrise Road has reopened for the summer. Mallardy Ridge Road will be closed from July 15 to September 15. Some Conconully State Park campgrounds are closed temporarily due to flood damage. $550,000 of funding was awarded by the Department of Natural Resources for urban and community forests. The state wants to hear your thoughts on e-bikes on trails. And, a retriever featured in WTA's Hiking with Dogs workshop is a semi-finalist in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Award competition.
Share Your Thoughts on E-Bikes on Trails
Jul 06, 2022
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources are looking for your feedback on e-bikes on their land.
A Tool to Help Wheelchair Hikers Find Trails
With the help of hikers who use wheelchairs, WTA has created a new tool to help more hikers find a trail that will work for them. | By Anna Roth
Snow Lake and Annette Lake Trails to Close for Several Months
Jul 05, 2022
The Annette Lake and Snow Lake trails, popular hikes along the I-90 corridor, will be closed for several months this summer due to trail construction work, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act. The work will require the use of potentially-dangerous tools, so the trails will close in the interest of safety.
5 Steps to Your Best Summer with Hike-a-Thon
Jul 01, 2022
Whether you’re hoping to discover new trails or hike more miles, you’ll find community in WTA’s 19th annual Hike-a-Thon.
8 Stretches for After Your Next Hike
Taking 5 to 10 minutes at the trailhead to stretch a little bit will promote blood flow back into your muscles and reduces your heart rate back to normal. This can help you feel a bit more limber after a few hours of sitting in a vehicle post-hike. Plus, stretching before AND after your hike can increase your flexibility and range of motion and can even protect you from injury.
How One Forest Service Leader is Inspiring a New Generation
Jun 30, 2022
For over two decades, Aleta Eng has been working to connect people to public lands and inspiring the next generation of U.S. Forest Service leaders. As the partnership specialist for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Aleta has been thoughtful, innovative and creative in building a strong youth and community engagement program.
Hiker Headlines: Hike-a-Thon, Highway 20 Repaving, Dog Mountain Trailhead to Move, Firework Safety
Jun 30, 2022
Registration opens for WTA’s Hike-a-Thon on July 1. Some roads and parking lots on Highway 20 will be affected by a repaving project this month. Plans to move the Dog Mountain trailhead have kicked off. And, please help prevent wildfires this weekend.
9 Tips for Being Everyone’s Favorite Hiking Buddy
Jun 27, 2022
The next time you head out with a new hiking companion, whether it’s a brand-new friend or someone you’ve known for decades, we have some tips for how to have a great time — and ensure you’re always on the invite list for future hikes.
Hiker Headlines: Volunteer Trailhead Ambassador Program, Closures and Openings, State Park Expansion
Jun 23, 2022
Join Glacier Peak Institute in a pilot volunteer trailhead ambassador program at Barlow Pass this summer. Baker Lake and Baker River roads will be closed for repair through July 1. Near Winthrop, trails and campgrounds are open after reconstruction from the Cub Creek fire in 2021. And Beacon Rock State Park is getting expanded after a land acquisition.
This Summer: Volunteer on the Mountain Loop Highway
Jun 22, 2022
Spread knowledge about Leave No Trace and responsible recreation by volunteering as a trailhead ambassador on the Mountain Loop Highway this summer.
Summer Survival Guide: Hiking with Babies, Kids and Teens
Jun 21, 2022
Motivating reluctant kids, backpacking with a baby or knowing when your teen is ready to hike without you — here are 5 articles to help you get your kids, from babies to teens, out on trail this summer.
Clearing the Way for Summer Adventures: Where We've Worked so Far
Jun 20, 2022
Spring is an exciting time at WTA. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming and our intrepid backcountry volunteers make their way out on trail to begin clearing the path for summer.
Summer Lake Hikes Near Snoqualmie Pass (That Aren’t Snow Lake)
The Snow Lake trail is certainly no secret to Washington hikers. According to the Forest Service, it’s hiked more than any other trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. If you're looking for alternatives, luckily, there are plenty of nearby trails that offer the same things hikers love about Snow Lake.
Hiker Headlines: Free Day, Closures, Youth Trail Work Parties
Jun 16, 2022
This Sunday, Juneteenth, is a fee-free day at state managed lands. Ruby Beach is now closed for construction. A restoration project in the Upper South Fork Skokomish and repaving projects along Highway 20 will impact some trailhead access. Your hike can help inform research on pink snow. And, WTA invites you to join us on a youth trail work party this summer.