Three Cheers for First-Time Trip Reporters! 🙌
Trip reporters are a big part of what makes the Washington hiking community so special. Here's some of our favorite recent trip reports.
We've got it pretty good in Washington. Not only are we surrounded by some of the most breathtaking trails in the country, our hiking community is pretty great, too. Since WTA went digital in 1996, hikers have filed over 219,000 trip reports documenting the latest trail and road conditions. This on-the-ground intel helps other hikers plan their own safe and memorable adventures.
Trip reports make such a big difference — and as we move closer to fall and the temps drop, up-to-date reports will be even more critical. We're so thankful for everyone who has written a report and wanted to give a special shout-out to the many first-time trip reporters we've heard from this past summer. Take a peek at some of our favorite first-time trip reports from the last few weeks and maybe find some inspiration on where to go next:
Despite some hazy skies, trip reporter
Trip reporter latenightgator soaked up the views of Mount Rainier and the nearby paragliders from atop Poo Poo Point. They noted the steady incline throughout, but the shade provides a nice reprieve.
During a multi-night trip to the Olympics, trip reporter S Porter took a side trip up to Buckhorn Mountain to enjoy a high vantage point. The route can be challenging, navigating some loose rock and exposed sections, but the views are beautiful.
Kate28 found some rare solitude at Rachel Lake by opting for a Sunday night backpacking trip. The late August weather turned out to be perfect for taking a dip and avoiding the notorious biting flies.
Chipmunks and ravens and grosbeak — oh my! Trip reporter Sara H. took the dusty trail down Mount Spokane State Park to enjoy some wildlife sightings.
Trip reporter DeluxeMC ventured out to the West Fork Pasayten River as a part of a trail crew with our friends at the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. The trail was rough (really, really rough) but despite a few hundred fallen trees they were able to make it to their worksite.
File your own!
Want to start trip reporting but aren't sure what to include? Here are a few things we find helpful in a report:
- A photo
- A description of what the trail was like
- Something you wish you'd known before you hit the trail.
As a thank you to new trip reporters, we're giving away free stickers! Write your first trip report by Sept. 30, 2022, and include the #FirstTripReport tag and we'll mail you a trip reporter sticker!