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Hikers Gather to Celebrate Trails

Posted by Erika Haugen-Goodman at Sep 26, 2016 02:40 PM |

Thanks to the nearly 600 people who gathered at Snoqualmie Point Park for our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Now that our socks have dried out, we’d like to extend a hearty WTA “thank you” to the nearly 600 people who gathered on September 17 at Snoqualmie Point Park for WTA@50, Washington Trails Association's 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Hiking experts at WTA@50
Hikers getting advice from experts on planning their next outing. Photo by Erik Haugen-Goodman.

Despite less than stellar weather, hikers young and old had fun visiting with our partners and vendors, participating in activities and games and gathering in the beer garden to swap stories and plan their next adventures.

So many partners came together to help us celebrate – from Back Country Horsemen of Washington, to Latino Outdoors.

Back Country Horsemen at 50th Anniversary
Guests met two of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington’s hard-working pack mules. Photo by Erik Haugen-Goodman.

Among the many activities to participate in, attendees were invited to try out the crosscut saw to see what it's like to clear trails by hand.

Crosscut saw at WTA@50
Hikers had a chance to try their hand at the crosscut saw and take home a log slice. Photo by Erik Haugen-Goodman.

More than 60 event volunteers braved the wind and rain to help make the event possible!

Volunteers at 50th Anniversary
Many thanks to our incredible event volunteers. Photo by Erik Haugen Goodman.

Ann Marshall (right), former editor of Washington Trails Magazine and daughter of WTA founder Louise Marshall, volunteered at the event. Fran Troje (left), former board member, was also in attendance. Photo by Amber Stagg.

We'd also like to extend a special thanks to our title sponsors, Boeing and REI. Both companies supported the event through sponsorship dollars, in-kind contributions and volunteer hours.

Korean Mountaineers at 50th Anniversary Celebration
Korean Mountaineers gather at the REI tent. Photo by Doug Han.

Hikers found creative ways to stay dry. Photo by Audrey Burgard.

Thank you to one and all for coming together to help WTA celebrate our 50th in style. Rain or no rain, we can tell the future of trails is bright!

Hiker advocates posed in the photo booth to show their support for trails funding.
Hiker advocates posed in the photo booth to show their support for trail funding.

Cake at WTA@50
Attendees enjoyed a celebretory slice of cake. Photo by Erik Haugen Goodman.

Many thanks to all our generous WTA@50 partners and sponsors!


50th Anniversary Partners