Volunteer Opportunities on Trail
At WTA we love our hard-working volunteers. Washington's trails love our volunteers too. In 2013, more than 3,400 WTA volunteers helped maintain 190 trails around the state.
We specialize in making trail maintenance a fun and safe way to give a little something back to the trails we love to hike. Regardless of trail experience and age, by the end of the day every volunteer knows the basics of trail maintenance. We hope by investing our time in teaching you trail maintenance you'll come back and join us again.
Learn about how you can give back to trails. Then join a WTA work party today.
The summer backcountry trips schedule is available! Click on Volunteer Vacations, Backcountry Response Teams (BCRTs), and Youth Trail Work below to view the schedule.
HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER ON TRAIL
One-Day Work Parties
WTA fields one-day work parties Tuesday through Sunday year-round in the Puget Sound area. We also have regularly scheduled work parties in Northwest Washington, Southwest Washington, the Olympics and Spokane.
Give us a week. We'll make it great! On a week-long Volunteer Vacation, you'll get some important work done during the day and enjoy camp with fellow volunteers in the evening. In 2013 we had 25 Volunteer Vacations across the state.
Backcountry Response Teams (BCRTs)
BCRTs put the backpacking in trail maintenance, allowing volunteer crews to access trail maintenance needs further in the backcountry. Usually 3 to 8 days in length, we had over 37 BCRTs in 2013.
Youth Trail Work
More than 15 percent of WTA's volunteer trail work is performed by youth. Kids 10 and up are welcome to come out on any one-day work party. We also field special youth-oriented trail work, including family work parties, spring break and our week-long Youth Vacations for teens.
For groups larger than six people, we recommend that you call the WTA office to discuss dates and locations. We do our best to accommodate groups, but do need at least two months advanced notice.