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Leading the Way

After 25 years of our trail maintenance program, WTA's trail program continues to find creative ways to care for Washington's trails.

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Better Data. Better Trails. Trip Reports Matter More Than You Think

Using WTA trip reports and social media data, researchers at the University of Washington and the U.S. Forest Service have created a model to give the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest better information about when and where hikers are using trails. The information can help the agency best manage its limited resources. | By Jessi Loerch

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From Passion to Profession

The nontraditional career path of professional gear icon Tom Bihn | by Cassandra Overby

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Drawn to Conserve

How art, from sketching to virtual reality, helps protect wild places | by Tyler Dunning

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The Big-Picture Approach to Saving Our Trails

Through our Lost Trails Found campaign, we're working to save tomorrow's trails, today | by Rachel Wendling

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Natural Inspiration

Meet 5 artists who use their time on trail to fuel their creativity | by Teddy Wingo and Jessi Loerch

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Why I Unplug

A young outdoor enthusiast explains why she finds value in leaving her phone turned off | by Lucy Brown

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5 Reasons to Hike the Oregon Desert Trail

| by Lace Thornberg

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Walk Across Washington

Two hikers discover their own state—and a new passion—on a long-distance trek | by Cassandra Overby

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Light-Footed Hiking Helpers

Pack goats are friendly, fun and—best of all—can make it easier for anyone who can't carry a heavy load to hike or backpack | by Aaron Bredl

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Hike for a Lifetime

How hiking can improve your quality of life as you age | by Shannon Cunningham

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Never too Late to Start

Galen Chamberlain was 61 years old when he started hiking. Now, at 81, he has hiked thousands of miles and is still going strong | by Holly Weiler

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