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Washington's mountains and forests are big enough to provide us with a lifetime of adventure and exploration, if the trails can take us there. Washington Trails Association's dynamic programs help ensure your hiking trails will be there, for miles and miles to come.

Washington's mountains and forests are big enough to provide us with a lifetime of adventure and exploration, if the trails can take us there. Washington Trails Association's dynamic programs help ensure your hiking trails will be there, for miles and miles to come.

Carbon bridge
WTA trail volunteers built this footbridge to take hikers over the Carbon River in Mount Rainier National Park.

Maintaining Trails, Building Community

Perhaps you've stumbled upon WTA volunteers on a hiking trail - donning hardhats, wielding shovels, and keeping your trail in great shape. WTA's volunteer trail maintenance program is among the largest in the nation, with more than 105,000 volunteer hours statewide each year, and over 2500 volunteers giving back to the trails they love - and getting a good dose of personal reward in return.

Want to join a volunteer trail crew? No experience is necessary. Just give us a call at (206) 625-1367 or check out the trail maintenance schedule.

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Grassy Top
A hiker takes in the view from the Grassy Top Trail in Eastern Washington's Colville National Forest. By Craig Romano.

Speaking Out For Trails, Protecting the Backcountry

Our trails sit quietly in the wilderness, but many trails are facing active threats. From neglect to overuse, from roadbuilding to resource extraction, this is a time when hiking trails and wilderness need more advocates than ever, and it's up to hikers to be vocal on their behalf.

Washington Trails Association protects trails through lobbying and grassroots advocacy on issues that impact hikers, like trail funding and wilderness protection. We work closely with federal and state policymakers to advance hiker's interests in forest planning and new recreation projects.

Get involved in our advocacy for hiking trails through the trail action network, or by joining one of our wildland discovery hikes on a threatened trail.

 

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Young hikers on Obstruction Point Trail
Young hikers on Maiden Peak along the Obstruction Point Trail, Olympic National Park. By Luba Fetterman.

Getting People Outdoors


Go hiking! The secret to protecting trails and wilderness lies in getting people outside, on the trails, and exploring in the wilderness. Washington Trails Association helps cultivate a community of hikers through our dynamic website www.wta.org, Washington Trails magazine, events, and our Families and Youth Program.

 

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Join Today

When you become a member of Washington Trails Association, you are making a great investment in the protection and maintenance of Washington's hiking trails today and for generations to come.

Member Benefits:

  • Your voice heard on issues that matter for trails: funding, maintenance, trail projects, and more.
  • Washington Trails magazine: trip reports, backcountry news, hiking advice and special features.
  • A discount on WTA logo wear and free shipping on all orders from our online store.
  • Discounts at participating retailers.
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