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Trail Work Accomplishments 2011

Volunteers in 2011 turned out for 580 work parties on 153 trails all around the state. From the the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park to the Shedroof Divide in the very northeast corner of the state, WTA volunteers were there building, rerouting and improving trails - logging out wind-blown trees, building bridges, boardwalk and rock walls, improving tread, hacking back brush and so much more.

Hall Mountain BCRT
Happy volunteers are the hallmark of Washington Trails Association's trail maintenance program. Our motto is: Stay safe, have fun and get some work done. Photo by Bill Love.

It was a banner year for Washington's trails. Washington Trails Association's volunteers took up their hard hats and tools and did an amazing amount of work. As of early December, more than 2,600 volunteers contributed nearly 100,000 hours of work on a whopping 153 trails. Check out the map below to see the extensive range of areas where WTA worked across the state in 2011.

All said, WTA led 720 trail work parties and 1,006 days of volunteer trail maintenance this year—the equivalent of 2.5 years of trail work, all crammed into one year. Our persistent volunteers brushed overgrown trails, logged out wind-blown trees, built bridges, puncheon and turnpikes, reworked tread and performed many other critical maintenance tasks on the trails.

WTA crews worked in five national forests, two national parks, seven state parks, two county park systems, the State Department of Natural Resources, and a city park system. For more information on the sorts of projects WTA worked on this year, check out our 2011 signature projects.

WTA hosted a variety of types of trips this year. Volunteers came out on 580 one-day work parties, completing major projects at Glacier Basin, Guemes Mountain, Evans Creek Preserve and the West Fork Foss River. Volunteers who wanted the experience of camping out on week-long Volunteer Vacations chose to go on one of 24 trips, tackling projects further afield and harder to reach than most day trips offer. And those who liked the prospect of combining backpacking with trail work went on one of the 37 Back Country Response Teams that WTA offered this year and made some significant headway on the Colonel Bob and Quartz Creek trails, among others. And we can't forget the contribution of our youth volunteers, who contributed to 12 percent of the total work in 2011.

Click on the above links to learn details about this work. Or view our Trail Work Schedule to join a work party.

Locations of All Trails WTA Maintained in 2011

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