"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.
Women on Trail Sharing Skills for Maintaining Trails
Apr 20, 2017
Work party gives women a chance to learn technical trail skills from other experienced women.
National Parks' Record Visitation Highlights Outdoor Economy
Apr 19, 2017
National Parks visitation broke records last year. A new report out today reveals how those visits translated into jobs and millions for the trail towns surrounding Washington's national parks.
Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Planning Update & Stewardship Day
Apr 18, 2017
Evaluations for use in the Teanaway Community forest are under way. Here's the latest news, and an opportunity to get involved.
Apr 13, 2017
Brunch is the best. This favorite breakfast/lunch overlap turns everyday eating into a fancier affair by incorporating special ingredients and plenty of options.
10 Years of Youth Engagement
Apr 12, 2017
Thanks to our members and donors, over the past 10 years, WTA’s youth engagement has grown into a comprehensive program serving thousands of students. But that’s not all. It’s also fostering the next generation of environmental advocates.
Five Ways to Celebrate National Park Week with Your Family
Apr 09, 2017
National Park Week is April 15 - 23. Plan fun adventures with your family starting with these five suggestions.
What Current Snow Conditions Can Tell Us About the Season Ahead
Apr 08, 2017
Spring in the Northwest is a tricky season for hikers and snowshoers, especially during a year with a high snow pack.
How Trail Funding Works: Washington's Biennial Budget
Apr 05, 2017
It's a bit of a winding of a path to iron out the particulars of which trails get funded and by how much in the state budget.
Why Do Trees Grow in Spirals?
Apr 04, 2017
Washington is full of beauty— summits, mountain lakes, shrubsteppe, the Salish Sea, the Pacific Ocean and forests—that beckons us outdoors. Along with this pronounced beauty comes a plethora of natural oddities.
Love Books, Love Nature: 10 Books for Outdoor Families
Mar 23, 2017
A good book can take you away to a new place, make you curious about the world or nature and inspire you to create your own adventures. That’s true for all ages. Here are a few books to consider adding to your child’s reading list, as well as books to inspire parents to take their kids exploring.
Book Review: On Trails
Mar 23, 2017
The minimalist jacket of “On Trails: An Exploration” suggests a meditation on the act of hiking, but author Robert Moor addresses trails in a broader context. The result is a good read but not, perhaps, in the way you’d expect it to be.
Citizen Science: Help Study Wildflower Phenology on Mount Rainier
Mar 22, 2017
If you’re looking to explore wildflower season on Mount Rainier thus summer, consider helping out local citizen science program, MeadoWatch.
WTA Testifies in D.C. to Champion Trail Funding
Mar 22, 2017
WTA's executive director gave testimony in D.C. on Tuesday to champion the need for increased investment in trails and recreation lands during a hearing hosted by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Spokane-area Hiker Protects Trails She's Loved Since Childhood
Mar 21, 2017
For Spokane-area's Holly Weiler, getting to lead work on trails she's loved since childhood has special meaning. That the project came in ahead of schedule and under budget is just a bonus.
No Matter How Cute They Are, Don't Feed the Wildlife
Mar 21, 2017
Spring is a busy time for wildlife. Here are a few reasons why it's important to give animals plenty of space.
Mount Rainier Wilderness Permits Now Open Online
Mar 17, 2017
Wonderland and other permit applications can now be submitted online, the first step to a new system for Mount Rainier National Park.
Gear Library Helps Young Women Discover the Outdoors
Mar 16, 2017
Every time they go exploring, Young Women Empowered makes use of WTA's gear library to stay safe and comfortable. On a recent trip, many of their youth and mentors were able to experience the North Cascades for the first time.
Partnership Between UW’s iSchool and Mount Rainier Gives Students Real-World Experience
Mar 16, 2017
Students from the iSchool have worked with Mount Rainier National Park to help the park with its technology needs while gaining valuable experience.
A New Look for Spring
Mar 14, 2017
We've made a few updates to wta.org this week. Take a look at what we changed, and let us know what you think.
Saving Lost Trails: 3 Areas Where WTA Will Focus in 2017
Mar 07, 2017
The hiking community has an opportunity this year to save three iconic places that represent the variety of challenges trails are facing across the state.
Volunteer Spotlight: Carmen Zavala
Mar 06, 2017
Meet Carmen Zavala -- a recently-settled Seattle resident who wanted to learn more about where trail comes from and who takes care of them.