Our Lost Trails Found campaign is working to save trails that are at-risk of disappearing completely — preserving access to our stunning backcountry for generations to come. Through your generous support, boots-on-the-ground trail maintenance, voices in Congress and innovative partnerships, we are putting trails back on the map.
Help us keep backcountry trails on the map.
To maximize the impact of our Lost Trails Found campaign, WTA is working to bring together public land agencies and trail organizations from across the state to identify, fund and execute trail maintenance priorities in Washington's beautiful backcountry.
Through collaboration, we can pool our resources and expertise into building a sustainable backcountry trail system.
Putting Trails Back on the Map
Miles of trails into Washington’s wild and remote landscapes are not receiving the maintenance they need. The routes are or are at risk of, becoming lost. We need boots on the ground now to bring these trails back into hiking shape.
Through our professional Lost Trails Found crews and volunteer Backcountry Response Teams, we can devote thousands of hours of work to our backcountry favorites.
Advocating for Federal Trail Funding
Budget cuts and increasingly extreme fire seasons have undermined land managers’ ability to keep backcountry trails clear and maintained for hikers.
We're working at the national level to increase land manager budgets and shrink the differed maintenance backlog across our federal lands.
Keep up with our advocacy efforts
Stories From the Field
20 Days on Mineral Creek: Revitalizing a Route to the PCT
Tucked into a quiet trailhead outside of Salmon La Sac is the Mineral Creek Trail — a steep yet rewarding route straight into the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It was in pretty rough shape — so we sent our Lost Trails Found crews in to give it a glow up.
Lost Trails Found Crews Bring Big Boost to Backcountry Trails
This summer, WTA will be leading two six-person crews into the backcountry to tackle some of our biggest projects.
The U.S. Forest Service Needs More People
Hikers rely on the Forest Service, but for decades the agency hasn't gotten the funding it needs. Hikers can speak up to help the agency get the support necessary to care for trails and public lands.