"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.
President Obama Issues Memorandum Promoting Diversity and Inclusion on Public Lands
Jan 13, 2017
During his last full week in office, President Obama signed an historic memorandum calling for increased diversity and inclusion for public lands staff and visitors.
The Outdoors Needs Us -- ALL of Us
Jan 10, 2017
If we want to protect are natural places, particularly our national parks, well into the future, we must find a way to reach our increasingly diverse society.
Meet the Trail Community: Birder
Jan 09, 2017
Learn how one birder went from novice to manager of a monthly bird count in a now-lush Seattle park.
2016 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest Winners
Jan 03, 2017
More than 4,800 photos were entered in the 2016 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest, giving us incredible imagery from all over Washington. Here are the winners from each category.
Then and Now: WTA Looks Forward
Jan 03, 2017
As we close the book on our 50th anniversary, we look back into WTA's past, and also to the future and what we hope to achieve in the coming years.
Court Rules to Preserve Historic Structures in Olympic National Park
Dec 29, 2016
Olympic National Park will be allowed to continue maintenance of historic, primitive structures within wilderness boundaries after ruling by U.S. District Court Judge.
Meet the Trail Community: Gear Designer
Dec 28, 2016
Gear designers help you get out with the best equipment. Meet a product developer with Atlas Snowshoes whose connection to trails runs deep.
Epic Made Easy: New Books Help Sections Hikers Tackle the PCT
Dec 27, 2016
Tami Asars and Eli Boschetto have released new guidebooks: one covering the PCT in Washington and one for the PCT in Oregon. The books help hikers tackle the trail in manageable chunks.
'First Day Hikes' Offered at 32 State Parks
Dec 27, 2016
Free, guided hikes and snowshoe trips will be offered all across the state on January 1. Additionally, New Year's Day is a fee-free day. No Discover Pass is required.
12 Inspiring Trip Reports from 2016
Dec 22, 2016
We find inspiration from trip reporters all year long. They help us discover new wonders and revisit our old favorites. Here are 12 trip reports that kept us inspired in 2016.
How Trail Funding Works: How Can We Stop Fighting Fire With Recreation Budgets?
Dec 21, 2016
Wildfire spending has been eating up more of National Forest budgets, pulling from basic trail repairs. WTA and others are pushing Congress to fund better solutions.
Two Awesome Videos of Washington Wildlife Fishing
Dec 20, 2016
An Olympic National Park ranger recently spotted a bobcat salmon-fishing. Which reminded us of that time when two snakes fought over a fish, and a trip reporter caught it on camera.
Alumni Survey: Collecting a Decade of Memories from Youth Volunteer Vacations
Dec 19, 2016
To commemorate these last ten years, we are looking for volunteers who participated on a youth volunteer vacation from 2007-2016 to share their experience with us.