Washington Trails Day - August 3
Celebrate HIKING with WTA on August 3!
It's the inaugural Washington Trails Day, the day when Washington gets out and hikes! The snow is melting out of the high country, the flowers are at their summer peak and your hiking options are abundant.
Do you choose the cool old growth forest of the Olympic river valleys or the alpine spendor of the North Cascades? A fire lookout at Mount Rainier or a cool lake in the Colville National Forest?
In celebration of Washington Trails Day we ask that you do something new this year. Here are some ideas:
- Travel to a new area of the state and hike a trail you've never done before. We have loads of ideas among our seasonal featured hikes and our online Hiking Guide.
- Bring a friend hiking for the first time.
- Take photos and share them in WTA's Photo Gallery.
- Share your trip with others by creating a WTA Trip Report. Trip Reports are invaluable to other hikers and easily shared with your friends on Facebook.
Look for WTA on Washington Trails Day
WTA staff, volunteers and Hike-a-Thoners will be out in force on Saturday, August 3. Look for our green hardhats working on 11 trails across the state or the sea of hikers wearing orange and red Hike-a-Thon t-shirts out for their first weekend of raising funds for WTA's programs.
Hike-a-Thon Runs August 1-31
It's our 10th year of celebrating hiking during WTA's annual Hikers register online, collect pledges from friends and family, then hike like crazy all month. It's an awesome community of hikers that shares their experiences all month long and connect to go hiking. There are LOADS of prizes to win, plus the knowledge that you are part of something pretty great.in the month of August.
Join them this August or say a big hello and thank you when you meet hikers clad in orange and red Hike-a-Thon shirts on the trail.
Spot a Trail Crew on August 3
WTA volunteers will be out in force on Washington Trails Day. Eleven trails are getting some WTA love, with several Volunteer Vacations coming out after a week of work and others going in for the upcoming week, plus our usual line-up of day trips. Be sure to say "hi" and "thank you" to the crews as you pass. They also appreciate cookies! Trails where you will find WTA working include:
- The Pacific Crest Trail - crews will be at White Pass near Darrington and at Cathedral Rock in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
- Skyline Divide Trail - Mount Baker
- Shedroof Divide - Colville National Forest
- Hidden Lakes - Methow
- White River - near Wenatchee
- Surprise Lake Trail - Stevens Pass
- Snow Lake - Snoqualmie Pass
- Wonderland Trail - out of Mount Rainier's Longmire
- Mount Townsend - Olympic Peninsula
- The Brothers - Olympic Peninsula
There's still room to join the volunteers and many of these trips. Check WTA's trail work party schedule for details.
Have Fun and Go Hiking!
However you choose to spend Washington Trails Day, have fun and stay safe. We look forward to hearing all about it!