Hiking How To
Have you ever wondered how to ford a river, read the clouds or hike with trekking poles? Our expert resources will teach you the ins and outs of hiking in Washington. From hike planning to gear tips, find
an interesting topic and learn something new today.
How to Use WTA's Hiking Guide
Our online Hiking Guide is full of great information about thousands of trails across the state. With so many options, it can be daunting to find that perfect trail. We can help you find what you're looking for and get the most out of each hiking guide entry.
How to Use a My Backpack Account
A My Backpack account will unlock all of the features WTA has to offer and make your hikes more enjoyable.
How to Use Passes and Permits
Passes and permits are a reality of hiking in Washington, and they help ensure a quality hiking experience.
How to Read Hiking & Topo Maps
Understanding the basic elements of a hiking map can empower you to stay found and travel safely.
How to Pre-Pack
Pre-packing your hiking gear allows you to get out the door on time with all of the essentials you need.
How to Park Like a Pro
Consider how others are going to be able to get around your parked vehicle before you head off on trail.
How to Drive Forest Roads
Forest roads can be... rough. But with some thoughtful driving, we can make them a bit more bearable.
How to Make a Perfect Hiking Plan
No matter how modest or ambitious your hiking goals, a good plan is the key to helping you achieve them.
How to Craft Your Own Hiking Loops
By connecting existing trails or forest roads, you can create a one-of-kind loops that are perfect for you.
How to Research Lesser Traveled Trails
These tips can help sleuth out current trail conditions when recent trip reports can't be found.
Safety & Trail Smarts
How to Leave No Trace
One of the easiest ways to protect the trails and natural places you love is leave those places untouched by your visit. Whether you're close to home or deep in the backcountry, practice the following seven guidelines to reduce your impact.
How to Hike with Dogs
From choosing dog-friendly hikes to keeping your pup safe, we'll prepare you and your dog for a great hike.
How to Poop in the Woods
Part of being a good trail steward is knowing where and how to go. Use these tips to make it easy.
How to Hike in the Rain
Tips for planning a rainy-day hike and staying safe (and dry) while you're on the trail.
How to Cross Waterways
Crossing streams or rivers can seem intimidating, but these tips will help make your next crossing a safe one.
How to Care for Feet
Learn how to prevent the issues we can and to treat the issues we encounter on trail.
How to Hike in a Burned Forest
Tips and guidelines for staying safe from the hazardous of falling trees and branches.
How to Measure Distances on Trail
Measure distances on trail is a small but handy skill that can help you care for the land while you hike.
How to Avoid Poisonous Plants
Poisonous plants should not rank high on your list of concerns, you should be aware of the most common types.
How to Keep Cool on Trail
Our collection of time-tested tips will help you beat the heat and stay safe while hiking in the height of summer.
How to Stay Hydrated
When the summer hiking season turns hot or dry, staying adequately hydrated on trail can be a challenge.
How to Find Your Pace
Your hiking pace will help you estimate the miles you can expect to cover in your desired time frame.
How to Avoid Injuries
As you ramp up your hiking, be aware of common aches and pains that could lead to bigger problems.
How to Stay Sure Footed
You can't control the environment, but there are ways to become more sure-footed when you hike.
How to Avoid Avalanches
When snow blankets the mountains, terrain that used to be harmless can pose new dangers like avalanches.
How to Swim Safely in Cold Water
If you want to take an alpine lake dip, you’ll want to keep safety and some basic tips in mind.
How to Move Mindfully While Volunteering
Before you head out to your next work party, use these tips to minimize the risk of an overuse injury
How to Start Nature Journaling
We share some ideas to help you start documenting time spent on trail or even in the backyard.
How to Read the Clouds
Learn about clouds you’re likely to see while hiking, and what they can tell you about conditions.
How to Lace Your Boots
Sore feet are one of the top complaints of hikers and backpackers. If you’ve ever experienced pain, pressure or blisters after a walk in the woods, consider trying out one of these alternative lacing methods.
How to Choose a Backpack
A comfortable pack can make all the difference in how much you enjoy your time on trail.
How to Choose Footwear
We take a look at some of the most popular hiking footwear options — boots, shoes and minimalist footwear.
How to Build a First Aid Kit
A well-stocked first aid kit is one of the Ten Essentials you should always take on a hike.
How to Borrow or Rent Gear
One of the best things about hiking is that it doesn't take a lot of money or specialized gear.
How to Dress for Rainy Days
There are so many options for rain gear. How do you choose the best for any particular situation?
How to Dress Your Baby
Learn how to build a baby layering system that’s perfect for everything from winter a summer.
How to Layer in the Winter
Once you get your layering system down, you'll be ready for (nearly) anything.
How to Choose Traction
We break down a few popular traction options and where they can slot into your next shoulder-season adventure.
How to Hike with Trekking Poles
Poles can be a valuable addition to your hiking gear. Here's why — and some advice on how to use them
How to Keep Gear Dry on Rainy Days
These tips will help you keep your gear and clothing dry so you can hike in comfort year-round.
Backpacking and Camping
How to Choose a Backcountry Campsite
If you have to set up camp at the end of a day on trail, do you know what you're looking for? How well do you know your Leave No Trace principles? These tips can help you identify the perfect place to pitch your tent.
How to Safely Have a Fire
Learn how to prevent wildfires, manage your campfire, and how to check the status of current wildfires.
How to Store Your Food
To reduce unwanted bear-human interactions, you need to keep human food away from wildlife.
How to Choose a Sleeping Quilt
Interested in switching from a traditional sleeping bag to a quilt? Here are some things to consider.
How to Fix Tent Woes
Here are tips to overcome the most common challenges you’re likely to face while backpacking or camping.
How to Backpack With a Baby
It takes planning and some extra weight, but it’s worth the effort to share the joy of the outdoors with your little one.
How to Brew Delicious Backcountry Coffee
Because coffee tastes even better when enjoyed from a cozy camp or first-rate alpine view.
How to Explore the Night Sky in Winter
Winter’s lack of daylight does provide one fun opportunity: the chance to enjoy great views of the night sky.