Washington Trails Gear Guide
From the packs on their backs—and everything inside—to the boots on their feet, the WTA gear team seeks out the very best outdoor gear, apparel and footwear for hikers of all ages and abilities.
We've gathered a list of amazing outdoor items that will appeal to every hiker on your shopping list—from the casual day hiker to the weeklong backpacker to the family camper.
With many of the purchases you make through WTA's gear guide, 7-10 percent of sales is returned directly to WTA's trail programs thanks to our retail affiliates, helping to keep the trails you love open and accessible for you and for hikers across the state.
Gifts for Safety
The ten essentials have gotten that name for a reason - good hikers better not leave a trailhead without them. But these items make your ten essentials a little more stylish and a little more edgy than your basic water bottles and matches.
Gifts to Wear in Winter
Just because the temps drop and it's cold and wet outside—and maybe a little snowy—doesn't mean it's time to while away the winter indoors. After all, that's what all that Polartec, Gore-Tex, Primaloft and DriDown are for. Here's a selection of trail-tested apparel and footwear to help you get out and enjoy all the winter wonderlands the Northwest has to offer.
Make Camping Comfy
There's nothing wrong with making your campsite like a home away from home - use these great items to turn a basic campsite into a comfortable nook that you're happy to return to after a rough day on the trail.
Treats for Techies
Give the gift camp comfort with outdoor tech, including a solar charger, GPS, smartphone case, and specialized earphones, for those who like to hike with a soundtrack.
Gifts for Your Four-Legged Friend
She's with you through thick and thin, rain or shine, walking around the lake or tackling a vertical mile of trail, so say thank you this season with one (or all!) of our gifts for your most reliable hiking companion.
Books, Games and More Fun Stuff
All the gifts that make your camping experience that much more unique - from special trail snacks to a new twist on an age-old game, just have some fun with your campmates!
Great Gifts to IOU - Coming Soon!
These items won't be available for the holidays, but will be landing in your favorite outdoor retailers shortly after. A gift card for either one of these items will surely have the backpacker on your gift list squealing with joy!