It's important to head into the mountains prepared, and this is where you can find plenty of information that can help you have a fun - and safe - time in Washington's backcountry.
New to hiking? WTA provides information about how to choose the right hike, select the appropriate clothing and gear, and how to be safe on the trail. >> Read more
We love backpacking - and you will too. Check out WTA's advice on how to plan your trip, what to do while you're out there and recommendations for kids, overnighters and weekend backpacking trips.
Choosing the Right Pass
Northwest Forest Pass. Discover Pass. America the Beautiful Pass. Golden Eagle Passport. Sno-Park Pass. WTA runs down all of the recreation passes and helps you figure out which one(s) you'll need and where to purchase them.
Ranger Station Information
Calling ahead of your trip to a ranger station can help you assess road and trail conditions. We have compiled the websites and phone numbers for all Forest Service and National Park offices in the state, as well as several state and county agencies. >> Learn more
Hiking with Dogs
Hiking the trail with your dog can be incredibly rewarding for person and pooch. But there are several things dog owners need to know before heading out. WTA runs down leash rules, doggy etiquette and where to go. >> Read more
Leave No Trace & the Ten Essentials
You've trusted Washington Trails for gear reviews. Here, you'll find even more outdoor gear reviews, plus comprehensive charts and related gear tips. >> Read more