"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.
Supporting Trails is an Investment in Health
Apr 24, 2023
ALLtech knows the tangible health benefits of spending time on trails. That's why they encourage employees and partners to get outside and advocate for trails. By Adam Steinberg
Trip Report Roundup: WTA Members On Wildflowers, Snowshoeing Conditions and Nesting Birds
Apr 20, 2023
Members make our work, including our website and trip reports happen. For Member Appreciation Day, a few went above and beyond to file trip reports on the lastest spring conditions.
Hiker Headlines: Now Hiring, Earth Day, Meteors, Mount Rainier Permits
Apr 20, 2023
WTA is hiring! This Saturday is Earth Day, and parking fees in some areas will be waived. The Lyrids meteor shower will peak this weekend. Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has new food storage rules. The Washington Department of Natural Resources wants to hear your thoughts about recreation on their Yakima County lands. And, all available Mount Rainier wilderness permits will be available to the general public on April 25.
Honoring a Volunteer for Decades of Dedication to Trails
Apr 17, 2023
WTA thanks Pat Limberg for years of volunteering, both on and off trail, with our white hat award. By Laura Norsen
Snapshot: Hikers Helping Hikers
Apr 14, 2023
"Where" and "when" are memorable parts of any hike, but "who" and how they made you feel sticks with you forever. Doug Diekema reflects on capturing a touching moment with family while on trail. By Doug Diekema.
Hiker Headlines: Olympic Camping Permits & Road Closures, Urban Forest Funding, Wildflowers
Apr 13, 2023
Olympic National Park camping permits for the summer will be available to reserve on April 15. Expect some road closures and a trail closure in the Quinault area. The Forest Service is allocating over $9 million to support urban green spaces in Washington and Oregon. And, wildflowers are here!
Celebrating WTA's Members
Apr 11, 2023
We're celebrating WTA members and the incredible contributions they make for Washington trails on April 15, 2023.
Hiker Headlines: Paradise Road Reopening Soon, Ski Season Extended, New Reservation System
Apr 06, 2023
The road to Paradise may reopen in the next couple of weeks. The ski season has been extended at some ski resorts. Staircase Campground in Olympic National Park will have a new reservation system this summer. And due to snow, Mount St. Helens climbing permit holders may be able to request refunds through April 20.
Full Crews, Clear Trails, Can't Lose
Apr 06, 2023
Are you ready for spring? Washington's trails are, thanks to the volunteer crews who've been working all winter to prep them for hikers this season.
How King County Parks Meets Local Trail Needs
Apr 04, 2023
WTA partners with King County Parks to make local trails more accessible. Check out their ongoing work to meet local residents at the parks they enjoy close to home.
Hiker Headlines: WTA Now Hiring, Highway Spring Cleaning, Trails Reopen, Upcoming Snowy Weekend
Mar 30, 2023
WTA is hiring! The North Cascades Highway seasonal clearing has begun. Trails at the Cowiche Canyon Preserve have reopened. Be aware of prescribed burns starting this spring. Some campgrounds in Olympic National Park are temporarily closed. And, expect snow in the mountains this weekend.
Get Ready for Youth Volunteer Vacations This Summer
Mar 29, 2023
This summer, youth ages 14-18 can join us on trail for extended volunteer work parties, either in the backcountry or car-camping trips. Here's what you need to know before applications open up on April 3.
Tales from the Trail: Trip Reports With Stories We Love
Mar 28, 2023
Trip reports are a big part of what WTA is known for. Every week, dozens of people like you tell us what conditions they came across on trail. We also see a lot of lovely life stories in trip reports: birthday celebrations, anniversaries, getting engaged and sharing Washington with a first-time hiker. Check out some of the highlights from last year.
We Survived Winter in Eastern Washington with Hot Cocoa, Camaraderie and a Rethinking of Trail Work
Mar 27, 2023
Outside Spokane, WTA trail volunteers find a way to give back to trails, help snowshoers and keep community all winter long.
Hiker Headlines: WTA’s March Madness, Closures, Waterfall Corridor Permit System Ends
Mar 23, 2023
Join in on the fun for our annual March Madness, Washington Wildlife Edition! Be aware of some road and area closures in Olympic National Park and the Skagit Wildlife Area. The Oregon Department of Transportation is ending its “Waterfall Corridor” permitting program. And, the Forest Service has invested nearly $25 million in wildfire risk mitigation and response projects.
From Mud to Magnificent: How WTA Helped Transform a Neighborhood Park
Mar 21, 2023
WTA, in partnership with other groups, helps transform the muddy trails in Whipple Creek Park into a neighborhood greenspace fit for year-round use by hikers, bikers, equestrians and more.
Trekking by Transit: Tips from a WTA trip reporter
Mar 17, 2023
Kim Huntress Inskeep is a Seattle-based writer and transit and active-transportation advocate who writes trip reports under the name TransitTrekker. When we noticed how far afield she had gotten using transit systems, we had to know more about her approach. So we called her up and asked her a few questions.
Hiker Headlines: Hiker Rally Day, Fee-Free Day, Closures and Openings
Mar 16, 2023
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Hiker Rally Day this week! This Sunday is Washington State Parks’ birthday, and parking fees in some areas will be waived. Several trails are closed, and one state park has reopened after the winter season. And, Skyway Park has some new local artwork.
What Hiker Rally Day Meant to 5 Participants
Mar 16, 2023
Every 2 years, WTA’s Hiker Rally Day brings together outdoor enthusiasts from all across Washington to advocate for trails with our state lawmakers. This week, more than 70 people joined us from 40 state legislative districts to speak up for reliable funding for trails and equity in outdoor career. We talked to some participants to hear what the experience meant to them. Here’s what they had to say.
WTA Loves Local Trails
Mar 13, 2023
Check out this roundup of local hike trip reports across the state from our February #LoveLocalTrails giveaway.
Where Does Your Gift to WTA Go?
Mar 13, 2023
Donations to WTA go toward moving forward our vision of Trails for Everyone, Forever. We checked in with WTA staffers to see what donations of different amounts actually look like when helping WTA accomplish our goals.