"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.
2022 Federal Budget Trail Investments Good News — Here’s Why We’re Working for More
Mar 24, 2022
Last week, Congress finalized a federal budget for the 2022 fiscal year. Amid the trillions of dollars within Congress’s new budget — what matters for trails? In some good news, the budget increases investments in the Forest Service, but the numbers fall short of what's needed.
Family and Community: How Trails Help a WTA Volunteer Build Connections
Mar 22, 2022
WTA volunteer and member, Elizabeth Storm, shares how trail work on the Covel Creek trail connects her to childhood, family and community.
Hiker Headlines: New Trail, Recreation Survey, Legislative Wins, Free Day
Mar 17, 2022
Happy St. Patrick's Day! A new WTA-built trail is now open near Port Angeles. The Recreation and Conservation Office wants to hear from you. Eastrail projects received some incredible funding in the recent state budget. And, don't forget about the upcoming fee-free day on March 19.
Revel in Green for the Spring Equinox This Weekend
Mar 16, 2022
Spring arrives this weekend and it's a perfect time to take a really close look at the nature around us. Whether it's a tiny patch of moss, a hardy clump of sagebrush or a wide stretch of rainforest, the Pacific Northwest offers an abundance of green — especially in the spring.
Striped Peak: New Trail on Olympic Peninsula is Ready for Hikers
Mar 14, 2022
After three and a half years and 83 volunteer work parties, there's a new trail on a popular peak outside of Port Angeles.
We Did It! WTA Celebrates Game-Changing Investments for Trails, Outdoors this Legislative Session
Mar 11, 2022
WTA helped lead the way to a game-changing win at the state Legislature this year. State public land agencies will receive $15 million annually ($5m per agency) to improve outdoor recreation opportunities by addressing crucial maintenance needs. A new pilot project is being funded to provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented communities in the outdoors. We hope you’ll join us in thanking lawmakers for this huge win.
Hiker Headlines: Spring Forward, National Park Public Input, Good Fire
Mar 10, 2022
Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades want your input on two new proposals. Learn how GirlTrek is celebrating Harriet Tubman’s 200th birthday. Prescribed burns are scheduled in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Identify trees with the helpful Trees PNW app. And, don’t forget to spring forward on March 13.
Q&A With a GirlTrek Leader: Harriet Tubman, Walking and Community
Mar 04, 2022
On March 10, GirlTrek encourages folks to walk in honor of Harriet Tubman's 200th birthday. We talked with Trina Baker, a leader for GirlTrek and a member of WTA's board, about why this event is so important — and why she's so passionate about the power of walking and community.
4 Ways to Practice Mindfulness on Trail
Mar 03, 2022
Mindfulness in the outdoors doesn’t require perfection, simply sharing a thoughtful space with yourself or someone else is practicing mindfulness.
Hiker Headlines: Road Washout, North Cascades Permits, Free Day
Mar 03, 2022
The Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road is closed at milepost 9 due to a washout. The North Cascades National Park early access lottery opened today. Access to Washington state recreation lands will be free on March 9 in honor of Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday. And, be sure to check conditions before heading out since some areas are still recovering from all the rain this week.
Hiking From Home: Explore your City Surroundings
Feb 28, 2022
A hike doesn’t have to involve a long drive to a trailhead deep in the backcountry. You can get the same physical and mental health benefits by going for a walk right from your front door.
Three Trips WTA's Lost Trails Found Work Made Possible
Feb 25, 2022
Over the years, we have loved seeing hikers return to some of the notoriously rough and difficult-to-navigate trails that we've prioritized in our Lost Trails Found work. We take a look at three trips that benefited from trail maintenance and advocacy efforts.
Hiker Headlines: Permits, Carbon River, Glacial Art, Jobs
Feb 24, 2022
Backpacking permits, day hiking permits and even driving permits are starting to open up for this spring and summer. The Carbon River corner of Mount Rainier is back open after winter damage closed the area. Olympic National Park is looking for artists to create work to immortalize glaciers. And, we are hiring for two exciting positions.
Dog Mountain Permits for 2022: Get 'Em While You Can
Feb 24, 2022
Permits for Dog Mountain in 2022 are now available. In addition to a parking pass, hikers will need a permit if they are visiting Dog Mountain Saturday or Sunday between April 23 - June 12 and on Memorial Day.
How WTA Members are Making a Difference, Month by Month
Feb 22, 2022
We caught up with three monthly donors to hear about their favorite hikes and trail snacks and how trails help them be mindful.
Hiker Headlines: Free Day, Mountain Snow, State Parks Jobs, Forest Funding
Feb 17, 2022
Fees will be waived at national forests on President’s Day. Be prepared for snow on the mountain passes this weekend. Washington State Parks is hiring for seasonal summer positions. And, funding has been allocated to Washington forests to fix damage caused by recent natural disasters.
Expert Voices: 3 Ways Time Outside is Good for Your Mental Health
Feb 15, 2022
We talked with three of our partners, all mental health professionals, about the benefits they see when youth and families spend time outside.
Beating the Winter Blahs Thanks to WTA’s Gear Libraries
Feb 14, 2022
WTA has been excited to see our partners borrowing snowshoes to get outside with youth. We wanted to know how the trips were going, so we asked three groups to share the highlights of their snowy adventures.
What's Your Hiking Love Language?
Feb 11, 2022
How do you show your special someone you care about them (on trail)?
Hiker Headlines: Seal Pup, Muddy Trails, Applications, Trail Love
Feb 10, 2022
A seal pup was born at Deception Pass, prompting some trail detours. Some trails in Central Washington are closed due to muddy conditions. It’s almost time to sign up for WTA’s backcountry volunteer trips. Enchantments permit applications will open on Feb 15. We have some valentine cards for that special hiker in your life. And, you can take action for trails by letting your legislators know you support reducing the maintenance backlog for state parks and lands.
WTA’s Emerging Leaders Are Just Getting Started
Feb 08, 2022
WTA welcomes a team of five new folks focused on building an inclusive community and learning leadership skills for working in the outdoors.