Start to Plan Your Year Outside
Last week, WTA asked hikers on Facebook about the plans that got away from them in 2012. We were so inspired by everything that hikers did accomplish and all the plans they had on deck that we pulled together a list of possible great adventures for 2013.
As you start to plan your coming year of hiking, get some ideas from the list below or from your fellow hikers on Facebook.
Take your first overnight
Backpack an epic trail
Learn a new skill
Want to learn more about first aid or Leave No Trace principles? Whether you want to improve your map and compass skills, volunteer on trail with WTA, or take a course with The Mountaineers or REI, there is no shortage of opportunities to pick up a new skill in 2013.
Visit a volcano
Project: Trip Report
If you feel up for a challenge, try finding trails in the Hiking Guide without any recent Trip Reports (a hike like Sullivan Lake) and hiking them. Report back to the entire community of hikers on the trail conditions and trip highlights.
Check out state parks
Washington State Parks turn 100 next year. With a new "choose your own date" option on the Discover Pass, there is no better time to check them out. You can even get started by exploring the 100+ parks open in winter.
Give a trail some TLC
Once you've spent a day (or five) building or maintaining a trail with WTA, you'll gain an appreciation for every step you take on your hikes. Meet some great folks, learn a few new things and have fun with us on trail next year.
Share your plans
What hikes are you determined to do? What's your personal or family outdoor challenge for 2013? Tell us your plans in the comments below. If you haven't settled on any plans just yet, tell us what topics or kind of hikes you'd like to see featured this year. Whatever you're looking for, WTA will help you find it.