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Upcoming Hiker Events

Posted by Crystal Gartner at May 10, 2021 12:30 PM |
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Hiking can often be a solitary experience, but when you're looking to engage with the outdoor community, there is no shortage of opportunities in Washington.

Connect with WTA

Our website, wta.org will remain a place for you to find information about local green spaces, updates on trails and moments of joy and inspiration. We hope you can connect with each other and to us on our social channels. Read past trip reports or share your own with the community.


In Person Events   

Glacier Peak Institute Trail Races
June 6th and August 15
Darrington, WA
The Glacier Peak Institute will be hosting their first trail race series this summer. A 12K will take place on June 6 and August 15, and a half-marathon on August 15. The race route will run along the White Chuck Bench Trail. 

Everett Public Library Bookwalks
July 14-August 18
The Everett Public Library System has set up bookwalks at several parks in the city. Signs are placed throughout the park, each with a single page of a story. Walk along to read the entire story. 

Invasive Plant Removal and Wildlife Connectivity
July 16 and 17, August 20 and 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Join Conservation Northwest to remove blackberry under the Satsop River Bridge along Highway 12 near Elma. This project will help wildlife pass beneath the bridge safely. Register in advance. Free. 

Wednesdays in the Woods
Wednesdays July 21-August 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  
This event series returns to Riverside State Park in Spokane. A different presentation or workshop will be held each of these Wednesdays in the Bowl and Pitcher area of the park. Events include talks on flora and fauna, a guided bike ride, tips for low impact recreation, and WTA's very own Holly Weiler talking about hiking in the Inland Northwest on August 18. These events are free and open to the public. A Discover Pass is required for parking. 

Owl Prowl
July 21, 8:00-10:00 p.m. 
Join this walk hosted by the Seward Park Audobon Society to go searching for owls in the night. The walk will take place at Seward Park in Seattle. Register in advance. Free. 

Public Lands Pilsner Release Party
July 23, 3:00-9:00 p.m. 
Lucky Envelope Brewing and Washington Wild have teamed up to offer this new beer made with all ingredients grown in Washington.  A portion of the proceeds of beer sales will go to support public lands in Washington. Join them at the brewery to try the new brew and give back to the wilds of Washington. 

The Early Bird
July 24, 8:00-10:00 a.m. 
Join the Seward Park Audobon Center for a morning park through Seward Park in Seattle in search of birds. Binoculars provided. Regster in advance. Free.

World of Ferns
July 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Join the Seward Park Audobon Center for a guided nature walk through Seward Park in Seattle. The focus will be on all the different fern species in the park. Register in advance. Free. 

Kula on the Trail: Sunrise Hike to Sauk Mountain
July 29, 4:00 a.m. 
Join the Kula Academy for an early bird hike to Sauk Mountain to catch the sunrise. Register in advance. Free. 

Kulas on the Trail: Sunset HIke to Sauk Mountain
August 5, 6:30 p.m. 
Join the Kula Academy for an evening hike to catch the sunset at Sauk Mountain. Register in advance. Free. 

Refuge Outdoor Festival Camp Out
August 13-15
Refuge is a camping experience geared toward Black, Indigenous, People of Color. Centered on building community through outdoor recreation, conversations, music, and art. The camp out will take place at Squire Creek Campground this year. Register in advance.   

Kulas on the Trail: Hike to Goat Lake
August 17, 8:00 a.m. 
Join the Kula Academy for a day hike to Goat Mountain along the Mountain Loop Highway. Register in advance. Free. 

Barkfest & Rover Romp 
August 28
Auburn, WA
A hybrid event with online and in-person activities between August 21-28, Barkfest & Rover Romp is a fundraiser for the animals and programs at Auburn Valley Humane Society and Northwest Spay & Neuter Center. Register for a family and dog-friendly 3K or 5K run/walk. Barkfest & Rover Romp will include demonstrations, specialty vendor village plus entertainment, contests, raffles, and pet  licensing for Auburn residents in person on Saturday, August 28th.  

Kulapalooza
September 10-12
Diablo, WA 
A 3-day outdoor, adventure retreat for women who want to build outdoor skills, explore artistic pursuits and create an adventure-inspired life. It takes place at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on the shores of Lake Diablo and includes: Adventure writing, adventure goal setting, backpacking basics, rock climbing, hiking, map & compass, wilderness first aid, wildlife awareness, self defense, meditation, yoga, trail running, watercolor painting, outdoor photography, music and more. Lodging and meals are included with each registration. For info on scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, please contact Allison Tapert.


Virtual events      

101 Hiking: How to Adventure With Family
August 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Join SheJumps for an informative presentation about getting into hiking with your family this summer. Register in advance. Suggested donation $5-30. 

Sundaes Outside
August 15, 5-6 p.m. 
This edition of Sundaes Outside will feature Miller Peninsula State Park and a celebration of black activism. The event will include West African drumming and an activism panel. Presented by Golden Brick events who also host Refuge Festival. Free. Register in advance. 

Wilderness First Aid for Your Pet
August 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Come join SheJumps to learn how to be your dog’s first responder when adventuring outside. This talk will cover first aid for injuries, wildlife encounters and environmental challenges. Register in advance. Suggested donation of $5-30. 

View of the Northwest Through an Artist's Lens
September 14, 5:00-6:15 p.m. 
Join Chris Viau, a professional landscape artist, for an evening of poetry and original works of art inspired by the splendor of Fall in the Pacific Northwest! Register in advance. $10. 

Refuge Festival Camp-in
September 17-19
Refuge Festival Camp-in will host a variety of engaging workshops, artists, films, and more that highlight BIPOC connecting with the outdoors. This is the virtual version of the Refuge Outdoor Festival, which will take place on August 13-15. Register in advance. 

A Wilderness Puzzle: The Creation of North Cascades National Park
October 6, 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
Join the North Cascades Institute and Lauren Danner as she unfolds the story of how this national park came to be. Register in advance. $15. 


Ongoing Activities

Walk With a Doc
Walk With a Doc is a global community where doctors go on short walks with patients and members of the public. Each walk kicks off with a short presentation on a health topic followed by a short walk through a local park. Currently these walks are virtual due to social distancing measures, but will return to in-person meet-ups as soon as it's safe to do so. Walks are held in Everett, Olympia, Yakima, Spokane and St. Helens Oregon. 

Personalized Outfitting with an REI Expert
Get expert advice from the comfort of your home with our virtual outfitters. Video chat with our team to get the next great piece of gear, advice for an upcoming adventure, or explore the possibilities of a new outdoor activity. Book a live appointment today and connect with our team right from your home. Appointments are available 7 days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST. Free. 

Self-guided Forest Bathing
The Washington Park Arboretum has several great resources for visitors to practice forest bathing, an approach to mindfully enjoying nature. Learn about the practice, find resources and share your experience with others. 

Volunteer as an Adventure Scientist
Help collect tree samples for a database that will be used to catch illegal timber harvests. Volunteer hikers collect leaves, seeds and wood samples and send them in to be tested, then the timber industry is able to check the wood that comes through their mills against this data to determine if it was harvested from an area where logging is permitted. 

Be a Citizen Archivist for the National Archive 
Add tags to photos from America's Scenic Byways to make this resource more searchable for the public. First you must register, then you can pick the type of archiving you want to do and get started. There are more opportunities here as well, like transcribing historical documents about the first U.S. roads and trails to be built in Alaska. 

Environmental Film Festival
Explore the collection of current and past festival films now available for streaming. The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. 

Mapping Seattle's Historic Orchards 
Help identify historic fruit trees in your neighborhood that may be remnants of historic orchards. This project aims to identify and preserve these heirloom varieties still growing in Seattle. 

Living Snow Project
The Living Snow Project mobilizes volunteers to collect and submit samples of pink snow so researchers at Western Washington University can study the microbiome of creatures living in these environments. Anyone in the mountainous US can participate with a simple phone app and a sample kit that can be picked up or mailed to you. 

Story Time at the Miller Library
The Miller Library at UW's Botanic Garden presents monthly stories about gardens, plants and nature. Tune in anytime to watch a virtual reading of a new book each month. 


OTHER Local & Amazing hiking communities

We also keep a list of many other local meet up groups and networks. While you might not be able to connect in person, you might find their online community is someplace you'd like to spend some time.


Explore these accounts and podcasts

  • by land podcast - Hunter and backpacker Emory Wanger began By Land as a way to share his personal journey in the outdoors so others can learn from his time in the field, and to bridge gaps between outdoor communities.
  • Cascade Hiker Project podcast - inspiring you to get out on the trail. Interviews make the show feel like a radio channel dedicated to hikes and backpacks.
  • Dirtbag Diaries podcastClimb. Ski. Hike. Bike. Paddle. Run. Travel. Whatever your passion, we are all dirtbags. Outdoor writer Fitz Cahall and the Duct Tape Then Beer team present stories about the dreamers, athletes and wanderers.
  • For the Wild podcastan anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land-based protection, co-liberation and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift away from human supremacy, endless growth and consumerism.
  • Outdoorsy DivaTraveler, foodie, outdoor lover, & single mom featured in Huffpo Travel, BBC Earth Podcast, and listed as one of the top Black travel bloggers on the planet. 
  • Outside Voices - inspired by one idea: the outdoors belongs to all of us. We all have a relationship to nature, whether through hiking, gardening, sacred ceremony or gathering at the local park. We aim to celebrate and amplify those who don’t always see themselves reflected in the “Great Outdoors” narrative.
  • She Explores podcast - interviews, in-the-field recordings and listener submissions make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity and inclusion; conservation; motherhood; chronic illness, and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences.
  • The Joy Trip Project - James Edward Mills' ongoing search to discover how to lead a harmonious life in balance with the natural world and the rest of humanity. 
  • THE WILD podcast - explores how nature survives and thrives alongside (and often despite) humans. Taking listeners across the Pacific Northwest and around the world, host Chris Morgan explores wildlife and the complex web of ecosystems they inhabit. He also tells the stories of people working in and protecting the wild around us.
  • thewildpod on InstagramGet back to nature with surprising stories of wonder and resilience from the world of wildlife with ecologist @chrismorganwildlife

If you have a suggestion for the Hiker Events Calendar, please email the details and a link to Charlie Wakenshaw at cwakenshaw@wta.org.

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