Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.
Hiker Headlines: WTA Now Hiring, Trail Reopens, Winter Closures and Hiking
Nov 17, 2022
WTA is hiring for our 2023 seasonal crew leaders and assistant crew leaders. The Annette Lake trail has reopened. Some roads may be closed intermittently or entirely for the winter season. And, make sure to take advantage of online resources to check conditions before heading out on your snowy hike.
Hiker Headlines: Now Hiring, Volunteer Appreciation Week, Closures, Park Improvements
Oct 13, 2022
WTA is hiring! Join WTA for Volunteer Appreciation Week. Be aware of closures in North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. A Seattle park has fully reopened with multiple improvements. And, wildfire prevention efforts continue — and it seems they are working. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Lost Trails Found Crews Crush This Season With 58 Miles of Trail Work
Oct 10, 2022
WTA’s Lost Trails Found crews have earned a nice rest and many thanks from hikers after spending a whopping 6,790 total hours in the field doing trail maintenance this summer! Check out all the work our crews got done over the season.
Lost Trails Found Crews, Volunteers, Return to Trails in the Entiat
Oct 17, 2022
The Entiat has suffered from a number of wildfires over the last decade, and the damage from those burns is still being felt today. But thankfully, our crews have been chipping away at those damages.
Having Fun on Trail: Work Party Selfies!
Sep 23, 2022
Trail work can be hard and tiring, but WTA trail crews also know how to have fun. Just check out all the smiles, silliness and selfies from our work parties!
Trip Reporters Celebrate Southwest Washington Trails and Volunteers
Sep 12, 2022
WTA is hard at work improving and building trails in Southwest Washington. Get the latest updates and learn how you can support trails in this region of the state.
20 Days on Mineral Creek: Revitalizing a Route to the PCT
Aug 31, 2022
Tucked into a quiet trailhead outside of Salmon La Sac is the Mineral Creek Trail — a steep yet rewarding route straight into the heart of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It was in pretty rough shape — so we sent our Lost Trails Found crews in to give it a glow up.
Protect the Future of Trails with WTA
Aug 01, 2022
Hundreds turned out this weekend for Washington Trails Day to join WTA in protecting the future of trails. You can join too.
Community-Based Solutions: Darrington Local Coordinating Mountain Loop Highway Trailhead Ambassador Program
Jul 25, 2022
Talking community and battling doomscrolling with the coordinator of the Mountain Loop Highway's newest trailhead ambassador program.
Why Do We Fix Popular Trails?
Jul 26, 2022
Popular trails can need as much — or more — maintenance than less-well-known routes. Find out why.
This Summer: Volunteer on the Mountain Loop Highway
Jun 22, 2022
Spread knowledge about Leave No Trace and responsible recreation by volunteering as a trailhead ambassador on the Mountain Loop Highway this summer.
Clearing the Way for Summer Adventures: Where We've Worked so Far
Jun 20, 2022
Spring is an exciting time at WTA. The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming and our intrepid backcountry volunteers make their way out on trail to begin clearing the path for summer.
Lost Trails Found Crews Bring Big Boost to Backcountry Trails
Jun 03, 2022
This summer, WTA will be leading two six-person crews into the backcountry to tackle some of our biggest projects.
How Kitsap County Volunteers Are Building Up Their Trails
May 17, 2022
Over the last few years, volunteers, including volunteer crew leaders, have accomplished a lot of work to give hikers and other trail users improved opportunities to get outside in Kitsap County. Two of those volunteers, Patrick and Marji Sullivan, have become integral in the Kitsap County trail work community and are helping expand access to public green spaces in the area.
Family and Community: How Trails Help a WTA Volunteer Build Connections
Mar 22, 2022
WTA volunteer and member, Elizabeth Storm, shares how trail work on the Covel Creek trail connects her to childhood, family and community.
Hiker Headlines: New Trail, Recreation Survey, Legislative Wins, Free Day
Mar 17, 2022
Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new WTA-built trail is now open near Port Angeles. The Recreation and Conservation Office wants to hear from you. Eastrail projects received some incredible funding in the recent state budget. And, don't forget about the upcoming fee-free day on March 19.
Striped Peak: New Trail on Olympic Peninsula is Ready for Hikers
Mar 14, 2022
After three and a half years and 83 volunteer work parties, there's a new trail on a popular peak outside of Port Angeles.
How Wild Whatcom Brings Mindfulness to Trail Work Parties
Mar 29, 2022
Here are three of our favorite ways that Wild Whatcom makes time for mindfulness with youth.
What Could the Future of Trails Look Like?
Jan 25, 2022
WTA’s trail team has been thinking about what it means to create the trail system of the future, and three of our staff members shared their hopes. Their thoughts show the importance of three key priorities: create more trails and accessible greenspace, innovate trail layouts and redesigns to improve hikers’ experiences on trails, and find ways to help people feel safe and welcome in the outdoors.
Three Trips WTA's Lost Trails Found Work Made Possible
Feb 25, 2022
Over the years, we have loved seeing hikers return to some of the notoriously rough and difficult-to-navigate trails that we've prioritized in our Lost Trails Found work. We take a look at three trips that benefited from trail maintenance and advocacy efforts.
Planning for the Future of Trails Means Planning for Fires
Dec 17, 2021
Not every landscape or wildfire is the same. Depending on how hot the fire burns, there are different impacts to the environment. Just as each fire and landscape is unique, the on-the-ground response can be just as varied.
Rebooting Popular Trails for Year Round Hiking in Hood Canal
Nov 29, 2021
This summer, WTA's volunteer crews provided urgent maintenance to some of the Hood Canal’s most loved trails in order to ensure that these trails are accessible and safe for all users.
Favorite Volunteer Memories of 2021
Nov 19, 2021
As 2021 comes to a close, we asked volunteers to share some of their best moments on trail with us. From learning new skills and self-reliance to rejoining the volunteer community, we're thrilled to hear what you remember from this year on trail.
Celebrating a Successful Return to Youth Volunteer Vacations
Nov 17, 2021
Thanks to a lot of careful planning and hard work, we had a safe and fun summer with teen volunteers — and we got a lot of work done, too! And we're already looking ahead to next year.
You Can Be an Assistant Crew Leader
Oct 22, 2021
Our assistant crew leaders make trail work parties possible — and you can be one of them.
Volunteers Connect the Dots on the Pacific Northwest Trail
Oct 20, 2021
During our 2021 summer season, our volunteers worked on 11 unique sections of the Pacific Northwest Trail, working across the state to keep this oft-remote route up to national scenic trail standards.
Breaking Ground on Independence Pass
Oct 05, 2021
For just over a decade, sections of the Independence Pass trail have been lost to treacherous washouts that prevent hikers from travelling its full length. Now, WTA and partners are working to bring it back.
WTA's Pro Crew Finishes up Incredible Season
Oct 18, 2021
After 71 days and 4,243 hours of trail maintenance, WTA's first backcountry pro crew is wrapping up their packed season of trail work within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest!
Exploring the State Through Volunteering
Sep 08, 2021
Our varied, far-reaching volunteer opportunities have the added benefit of giving volunteers a fun opportunity to see and explore new parts of Washington.
The Power of Loops & Connections
Jul 19, 2021
Creating trail systems that allow for loops makes a better experience for hikers — and it’s easier on the land, too.