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"This little newsletter has been an experiment so far, testing a hunch I've had that such a means of communication among walkers is needed." — Signpost magazine, 1966.


Know Before You Go: Trails That Will be Closed this Summer

Jun 07, 2023

Heads up, hikers! A fair number of popular trails will be closed for all or part of the 2023 summer hiking season, due mostly to construction and much-need improvements (yay!) To help you plan better, here’s a roundup of closures we know about right now.

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Hiker Headlines: National Trails Day, Spokane Hike Ideas, Closures

Jun 01, 2023

National Trails Day is this Saturday! Join WTA and Spokane Libraries for some hike suggestions in the Spokane area from a local expert. Make sure to check in with Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest rangers on forest road conditions before heading out. And, be aware of upcoming road and campground closures.

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5 Reasons Why Local Trails are Essential to Mental Health

May 30, 2023

When nature is in reach, so are its healing benefits.

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A Landslide Closed Johnston Ridge Observatory. Here's Where to Hike Mount St. Helens This Summer

May 29, 2023

On May 14, a landslide South Coldwater Slide, caused significant damage to the road leading up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory northwest of Mount St. Helens. Several popular trailheads will be closed for the season, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this area this summer.

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Scrolling Trip Reports Might be the Best Time I Spend Online

May 26, 2023

Trip reports are so much more than just a record of trail conditions. (Although they're great for that!) Trip reports are a great way to share your adventures with the people you love. And a way to leave a tremendously helpful record for yourself.

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Hiker Headlines: Speak Up For Eightmile Lake, Passes Reopening, I-90 and Lake Quinault Area Construction

May 25, 2023

Chinook and Cayuse passes are reopening tomorrow. Expect I-90 delays and closures, including closures of the Franklin Falls and Denny Creek trails, as well as some construction projects in Olympic National Forest and National Park. Submit a public comment about the proposed plan to rebuild Eightmile Dam in the Enchantments area. And, join Golden Bricks Events for Sundaes outside this Sunday at Be’er Sheva Park.

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Speak up for Eightmile Lake in the Enchantments

May 24, 2023

Eightmile Lake is high in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and part of the Enchantments. The dam at the end of the lake needs to repaired. We're asking hikers to speak up to ensure the plan will protect hiking and backpacking opportunities in the area.

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WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training Helps Communities Spend Nights Under the Stars

May 24, 2023

For nearly a decade, WTA’s Outdoor Leadership Training program has been working to increase access to outdoor experiences by reducing barriers to support educators and group leaders with training and gear for camping and backpacking trips. We wanted to look back and see how those experiences have made an impact.

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Trails Make Space for New Memories

May 23, 2023

WTA marketing manager Linnea Johnson reflects on outdoor memories with family while making space for new ones. By Linnea Johnson

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Hiker Headlines: Trails & Ales, Openings and Closures, Mount St. Helens Road Closure

May 18, 2023

Join WTA at our Trails & Ales event in Ellensburg next week! Some trails and roads are reopening after the winter season, including Ape Cave and Stevens Canyon Road. Be aware of some temporary trail and vehicle access closures. And, a large landslide has closed part of the road to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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The Stories Behind the Cover Photos

May 16, 2023

One of the many joys of hiking is the people we get to share the trail with. For our most recent issue of Washington Trails magazine, we wanted to illustrate that feeling. Thanks to many talented photographers, we had plenty of beautiful images to illustrate the beauty and power of the hiking community. Here are the stories behind some of those photos.

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Get WTA's App Now for a Summer of Great Hiking

May 15, 2023

WTA's latest app updated gives you a better browsing experience and more offline information at-a-glance. Check it out.

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"C'mon, Let's Do It." — Our Outdoor Mentors: Mothers, Aunties and Grandmothers

May 12, 2023

As Mother’s Day approaches, we asked Washington Trails Association staff how the strong women in their lives — their mothers, aunties, grandmothers — were their outdoor role models and mentors, inspiring and cultivating a love of spending time outside.

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Hiker Headlines: Trailhead Direct, North Cascades Highway Opens, Fire at Hurricane Ridge Lodge

May 11, 2023

Trailhead Direct is returning for another summer of transit to trails. The North Cascades Highway is open after being closed for the winter. The Heart O’ The Hills campground is partially reopening. The Hurricane Ridge day lodge was destroyed in a fire. And, a plan has been approved to help restore Puget Sound and protect Tribal treaty rights.

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Local Transit, National Action: Trailhead Direct is Back for 2023

May 10, 2023

Trailhead Direct is starting its 2023 season this weekend. The service provides transit access to nearby trailheads from Seattle. Nationally, WTA is working to improve transit options to trails for the future.

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5 Ways to Get Involved With WTA this Summer

May 09, 2023

While it's not officially summer yet, at WTA we're getting excited for warm days on trail. With that in mind, we have been planning events all summer long. We're looking forward to talking about trails (including some great hiking recommendations from WTA experts!) and helping hikers build a better future for Washington's trails. We hope you can join us!

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The Greg Ball Trail: Bridging Past, Present and Future

May 08, 2023

WTA volunteers help cement longtime WTA leader, Greg Ball, by renovating a bridge in his honor at Wallace Falls State Park.

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Follow Major Changes Proposed for Visiting Mount Rainier

May 08, 2023

Mount Rainier National Park has released a draft plan proposing significant changes to how people visit popular areas of Mount Rainier National Park. Sign up with WTA to stay up to date and share your feedback.

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A Crew Leader’s Story of Woodinville’s New Trail Next Door

May 05, 2023

Volunteer Micki Kedzierski shares her account of a new trail that creates easy access to nature for locals in unincorporated King County. The Greenbrier Trail (and the story of its development) are full of surprises.

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Hiker Headlines: GiveBIG Thanks, Mountain Loop Closures, Volcanoes

May 04, 2023

It's May 4. We're so thankful for our WTA community for the support during GiveBIG. Some trails, trailheads, roads and campgrounds are going to be closed this season for upgrades. And May is both Mental Health Awareness Month and Volcano Preparedness Month. A good time to check out a volcano near you or to take a relaxing hike. Here's some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.

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A WTA Work Party Put a WTA Youth Volunteer on a Path to an Outdoors Career.

May 02, 2023

A WTA work party put a dedicated WTA youth volunteer on a path to a career in the outdoors. By Tiffany Chou

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