Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Behind the Scenes Before the Fun
Jan 03, 2018
Backcountry trip registration opens soon, but it's a full-time job at WTA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.