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Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.

Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.

You can also meet our hardworking crew leaders, and see standout volunteers at the Rock Wall of Fame.

Calling All WTA Ambassadors

Feb 16, 2018

Want to be a champion for trails and public lands? Apply to be a WTA Ambassador and take your volunteerism to a new level. You’ll help WTA be a voice for hikers statewide by doing outreach and advocacy in your local community.

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Prepare Yourself: Backcountry Trip Signups Are Coming

Jan 23, 2018

WTA's backcountry trips are some of the most popular volunteer events we host. Learn how you can be the best prepared for when registration opens.

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How to Write a Trip Report That Helps WTA and Land Managers

Jan 18, 2018

WTA trip reports can help land managers identify trails that need help. Here's how to write trip reports that can help trails get the work they need.

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7 Signs Your Trail is in Trouble & What to Do About it

Jan 12, 2018

Recognize the common ways healthy trails deteriorate and how you can help.

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Behind the Scenes Before the Fun

Jan 03, 2018

Backcountry trip registration opens soon, but it's a full-time job at WTA.

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An Effort to Clear the Path in Goat Rocks Wilderness

Feb 07, 2018

Years of storm damage, fallen trees and road washouts have dwindled the Goat Rocks accessibility to a handful of trailheads. WTA volunteer trail maintenance crews spent weeks throughout the summer working across the Goat Rocks trail system, clearing logs, fixing tread and roughing-in re-routes in the hopes of expanding the number of available trails and dispersing hikers to lessen the impact on this delicate ecosystem.

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How 3 Unique Volunteers Help Fuel WTA

Jan 22, 2018

Meet three volunteers who are helping out across the organization, and learn how they're making a difference for Washington's trails.

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Youth Volunteers Restore Years of Neglect on Ingalls Creek Trail

Feb 23, 2018

This past summer, a group of 10 dedicated teens spent sixteen days camped beside Ingalls Creek, improving one of the key access routes to the Stuart Range and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

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Lost Trails Found: Regaining Access to the North Fork Sullivan

Dec 13, 2017

Strong partnerships and a lot of hard work in the field makes for big improvements in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness.

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Saving Lost Trails, One Step at a Time

Nov 06, 2017

WTA launched our Lost Trails Found campaign, with the goal of restoring trails that are slowly but surely disappearing. Key trails were identified and WTA marched onward with the ambitious goal of rehabilitating at least three lost trails.

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Good News for Hikers Near Spokane

Nov 03, 2017

Thanks to funding from REI, WTA tackled more Spokane-area trails in 2017. Working closely with Spokane County Parks, Washington State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management, WTA identified several Spokane-area trails for high-priority trail work this year.

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New Trail Opens on Heybrook Ridge

Dec 21, 2017

In 2017, a total of 230 volunteers spent 21 days working at Heybrook Ridge County Park near Index. All of that work has paid off. On Oct. 21, volunteers and representatives from Friends of Heybrook Ridge, Snohomish County and WTA gathered at the trailhead to celebrate the project’s completion.

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Be a Part of the Gorge Trails Recovery Team

Oct 17, 2017

There is no question as to why the Gorge is seen as a gateway to all outdoor adventure. Over the past month this beautiful place has been devastated by intense wildfire. Now is the time to rebuild! Learn how you can help be apart of the trail restoration efforts in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Two WTA Grants Help Support Trailwork in the Southwest and Olympics

Sep 12, 2017

The National Forest Foundation and the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance support WTA's work in parts of the state where trails need the most love.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maridee BonaDea

Aug 18, 2017

Meet Maridee—recently retired and heading to Bangkok to pursue her Master's degree, she wanted to spend a little time volunteering with WTA before heading out.

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Latina Youth Trail Crew Building Trails, Looking to the Future at Mount Rainier

Aug 15, 2017

Nine young women recently spent a week improving Mount Rainier trails, contemplating equity in the outdoors and stoking a passion for adventure, with a little help from Latino Outdoors, WTA and many others.

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Hiking with New Eyes: A First-Timer's Experience on a BCRT

Jul 13, 2017

Amy Redmond was inspired by her friend and assistant crew leader, Joni Johnson to try out a BCRT. Here's her telling of the experience out on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Recovering From the Ashes: Fixing Trails After a Wildfire

Jul 06, 2017

WTA volunteers repair trails damaged by fires around Mount Adams, Holden Village and along the Entiat River.

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Local Farmers Fuel WTA Trail Work

Jul 19, 2017

It takes a lot of food to power WTA’s Volunteer Vacations. Thanks to the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative, we're able to feed our crews sustainably grown produce while reducing our environmental footprint a little in the process.

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Give a Day to: Build a Bridge, Restore a Trail, Play in the Park

Jun 26, 2017

WTA works close to town and in the backcountry, six days a week, all year long. From a day in the park to building bridges in the Pasayten, we have several fun opportunities coming up to give back to trails.

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With WTA Support, Community Partners Get Youth Outside

Jun 23, 2017

This spring, our youth program worked with more than 15 organizations to bring hundreds of kids, tweens and teens out for at least one day of service. Over the past few months, WTA has been honored to partner with such a diverse range of schools and youth groups across the state.

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National Trails Day: Volunteers Show Up in Service of Trails

Jun 09, 2017

All over the state (and country), volunteers devoted June 3 to trails. From Mount Rainier National Park to trails outside Spokane and in the heart of Seattle, we revisit another successful National Trails Day.

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New Trail Opens at Grand Ridge

Jun 06, 2017

King County Parks and WTA celebrate the grand opening of the new Water Tower Loop at Grand Ridge Park in Issaquah.

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A Second Life For Old Tools

May 16, 2017

WTA staffer finds more than good bargains on gear in thrift stores. She finds high-quality trail tools to rehab and give a new life.

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3 Reasons To Join WTA for Vacation

May 16, 2017

Are you looking for more ways to fill your summer with outdoor adventures? How about signing up for one of WTA’s backcountry trips?

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Get Inspired and Give Back: 4 Events at Riverside State Park

May 03, 2017

Help fix up the Knothead Trail or hear from Washington's own record-setting thru-hiker, Heather "Anish" Anderson.

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Build Strong Family Bonds While Giving Back to Trails

May 09, 2017

On a recent rainy weekend, a group of WTA volunteers ranging in age from 9 to 60+ came together for a common goal: to give back to trails. We wanted to know what inspired them to spend a cold and wet Saturday digging in the dirt.

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What a Difference Two Days Make: Closing A Trail Loop in Puyallup

May 16, 2017

WTA helped the City of Puyallup complete a 5.5 mile trail loop in just two days this spring!

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Women on Trail Sharing Skills for Maintaining Trails

Apr 20, 2017

Work party gives women a chance to learn technical trail skills from other experienced women.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carmen Zavala

Mar 06, 2017

Meet Carmen Zavala -- a recently-settled Seattle resident who wanted to learn more about where trail comes from and who takes care of them.

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