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.
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.
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.
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, , events, and our Families and Youth Program.
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.
- 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.