Trails for everyone, forever

Home News Blog Join the Party to Celebrate 20 Years of Trail Work!

Join the Party to Celebrate 20 Years of Trail Work!

Posted by Anna Roth at Sep 04, 2013 10:40 AM |
Filed under:

Sept. 14 marks twenty years of WTA's work maintaining, creating, and preserving trails all over our beautiful state, and we want to celebrate with you! Join us at one of our anniversary trail work parties on Sept. 14 to mark this milestone in WTA's history. See you at the trailhead!

September 14 is an important date for Washington Trails Association. For twenty years we've been working to maintain, create, and preserve trails all over our beautiful state and we want to celebrate with you!

Join us at one of our trail work parties on September 14 and help us mark this milestone in WTA's history. We love our volunteers (because we couldn't have done it without you) and so we'll have some special treats to commemorate this special day.

See you at the trailhead!

 

Volunteer along Snoqualmie Pass

Commonwealth Basin on PCT North

A hiker contemplates Commonwealth Basin
Photo credit: Tommy Hough

This is where it all began—Commonwealth Basin was the site of one of WTA's very first work parties. This time around, we'll be working the section of the PCT North that leads to Commonwealth Basin. The Basin begins at 2.5 miles in on the trail, so depending on the work remaining on the PCT, we may go all the way to this trail to also address annual maintenance needs.

The trail to Commonwealth Basin runs through a peaceful subalpine forest and the pure and rippling creeks are perfect for a family picnic or an introduction to backpacking.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Commonwealth Basin on September 14.

Volunteer in Northwest Washington

Group of Volunteers @ Larrabee
Happy volunteers at Larrabee State Park. Photo Credit: Kathy Bogaards
Rock Trail at Larrabee State Park

WTA is involved in building a brand new trail from The Cyrus Gates Overlook at the top of Cleator Road to Lost Lake through some amazing cliff bands and previously uncharted territory. The new Rock Trail will create a shorter route into Lost Lake through some truly spectacular and rugged terrain. We are working in partnership with Chuckanut Conservancy and Washington State Parks to create this 1.5 mile hiker-only gem.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Rock Trail at Larrabee State Park on September 14.

 

Skyline Divide

Skyline Divide Trail
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Robson

Come work in the Mount Baker Area on one of its most popular, and stunning, trails.

Leading to open meadows and views of the iciest volcano in the Cascades, your trail work will consist of general maintenance with spectacular views of forests and glaciers, rivers, and mountains.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at the Skyline Divide Trail on September 14.

 

Eastern Washington

Hall Mountain Vol Vac
WTA Volunteers work on Hall Mountain near Sullivan Lake. Photo Credit: Bill Love
Sullivan Lake

Sparkling beneath the slopes of Hall Mountain, Sullivan Lake in the Salmo-Priest wilderness promises remoteness and beauty unlike the Cascadian scenery that Washington so well-known for. Work will consist of widening the trail bed, and you may even get to build a rock wall!

Extend the celebration by signing up for both days, camping is available near the Forest Service bunkhouse.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Sullivan Lake on September 14.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Sullivan Lake on September 15.

North Cascades

Beckler Peak Volunteer Digs
A volunteer gets into the dirt on Beckler Peak. Photo Credit: Alex Ray
Beckler Peak

We opened the Beckler Peak trail with new tread, new routing, and a new trailhead in 2011, but the first part of it still follows an old road bed. We'll be converting this first section to feel more like a trail, hopefully with your help!

Learn to use natural materials and other trail construction techniques to help narrow and define this section of trail. Enjoy walking through old-growth forest up to summit views of Glacier Peak, Baring, Index, the Monte Cristo Range, and the Evergreen Mountains. Beckler Peak is easy to get to and has a gentle grade.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Beckler Peak on September 14.

Southwest Washington

Ape Cave Viewpoint Trail

Ape Cave Descent
Photo Credit: Janice Van Cleave

Be part of a crew helping the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument expand its recreation opportunities as part of its five year strategic investment plan.

WTA is building a brand new trail that links the Ape Cave Trailhead to a scenic vista featuring the volcano's southern flank. With help from the Mount St. Helens Institute we aim to complete the 1 mile trail and open it to the public by the end of September! Join us for an overnight...

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Ape Cave Viewpoint Trail on September 14 and 15.

Leadbetter State Park

Leadbetter Beauty Shot
Photo Credit: Kathy Bogaards

Last year WTA volunteers started work on the new Hines Marsh Trail at Leadbetter. Construction of the trail will include several boardwalks to traverse sections of the Marsh that are inundated during the wet winter months. A portion of the trail will be accessible to people with disabilities once a new parking facility and connector trail are completed.

Join us for a luxurious overnight, where you will stay in the lighthouse keeper's quarters and sleep in feather beds with down comforters. You're sure to be well-rested for day two!

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Leadbetter State Park on September 14 and 15.

Olympic Peninsula

Tubal Cain Mine Rhodies
Rhododendrons along Tubal Cain Mine Trail. Photo Credit: Mason Vranish
Tubal Cain Mine Trail

This trail was first developed in the 1890's. Originally, it stretched to 14 miles, but since then, logging has shortened it considerably. The old town of Tull City used to sit 3.5 miles in, along with the main mine operation, so there are many old mining relics available for exploration once the work is done. The trail continues to an eventual junction with the Marmot Pass Trail at 8.75 miles.

This is an overnight trip, so be prepared for a fun evening, including a potluck barbecue! Extend your celebration of our 20th anniversary on trails by staying with us both nights.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at the Tubal Cain Mine Trail on September 14 and 15.

Mount Rainier

Sunrise
Photo Credit: Stacey Davis
Pinnacle Peak at Paradise

The Pinnacle Peak trail resides in the Tatoosh Range, a craggy line of mountains just south of Rainier. This range sits apart from Mount Rainier and the collection of smaller summits along the volcano's flank, but it offers one of the best Mount Rainier experiences and views that you'll find. Pinnacle Peak is both steep and rugged, a combination that affords the dedicated hiker some of the best views of Rainier's south face around.

We'll be doing a variety of maintenance in order to make this a safer, more accessible trail by repairing tread and installing structures that will efficiently funnel water off the trail. Stick around both days and camp for free! Just let us know that you will be staying for the whole weekend by Thursday September 5 so we can submit requests to the park. You can camp for one night before or after your work party per one day of work.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Sunrise on September 14.

>> Join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration work party at Sunrise on September 15.

Comments