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Hike-a-Thon Frequently Asked Questions

Hike-a-Thon is Washington Trails Association's favorite fundraising event of the year. Every year, hikers collect donations from family and friends, then spend the month of August hiking the mountains, the coasts and everywhere in between. Have a question? The answer is probably here.

What is Hike-a-Thon?

Hike-a-Thon is a community fundraising event that gives hikers the opportunity to raise funds for Washington Trails Association. Throughout August, Hike-a-Thon participants hike, share stories of their outdoor adventures, and raise funds that directly support trails in Washington.

After registering, participants set up and customize their own fundraising webpage (provided by WTA) and share the page with friends, family, or anyone else wanting to support trails in Washington. Participants can raise one time donations or receive donations per mile or per hike.


Registration for this year's Hike-a-Thon is now open! Hike-a-Thoners can participate as individuals or as a team.

Is there a registration fee?

No! Registering for Hike-a-Thon is free. 

Once you raise $25, you will receive a 2022 Hike-a-Thon t-shirt. You are welcome to get your fundraising started by donating $25 yourself. Hike-a-Thon shirts are available in Ladies, Men's, and Youth sizing. All shirts have a crewneck neckline. 

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What prizes can I win?

Prizes are awarded to leaders in different categories — such as number of miles hiked, amount of money raised, and number of trips reported on WTA’s Hiking Guide. Check out the 2022 prize categories and prizes!

Who can hike for Hike-a-Thon?

Anyone who loves to hike can participate in Hike-a-Thon! There are no age restrictions.

Can I hike as part of a team?

Yes! Teams of two to ten members are allowed. You’ll create a personal webpage for your entire team which displays your team's fundraising goal. When you register, follow the directions to create a team. 

If you would like to hike as a family, simply register your family members as a team.

Do my Hike-a-Thon donors become WTA members?

Yes! Any donation is eligible for WTA membership. All donations made to Washington Trails Association through Hike-a-Thon are fully tax-deductible.

Do I need to hike on named trails in order to log hiking miles?

No! To promote the many different ways hikers connect with nature, Hike-a-Thon miles do not need to be on a named trail.

Can I hike in other states and countries for Hike-a-Thon - or only in Washington?

Any mile hiked anywhere in the world can count as a Hike-a-Thon mile.

Will my participation be matched by my employer?

Many companies will match participation in cause-related events. Check with your employer’s HR department. Some companies, such as Microsoft, will match your hours spent towards your Hike-a-Thon campaign. If so, the donations made on your behalf by your company will count towards your Hike-a-Thon fundraising goal.

Can my company sponsor Hike-a-Thon?

Yes! Sponsorship opportunities are always available for any business that wants to support the event. Contact Brynna Counts-Morgan at for more information.

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