Our Mission & Values
Washington Trails Association mobilizes hikers and everyone who loves the outdoors to explore, steward and champion trails and public lands.
- That exploring nature is good for people’s hearts, minds and bodies, and that hiking is a powerful way for everyone to connect with Washington’s natural wonders.
- That people will protect the places they love to hike, from local parks to remote wilderness.
- It is vitally important for everyone to have the opportunity to access the outdoors, and we are committed to reducing barriers to hiking trails and lands.
>> Learn more about our commitment to diversity and equitable access.
WTA began in 1966 as Signpost magazine and has grown into a diverse community of hikers speaking out for trails and wildlands.
Spider meadows. Photo by Paul Raymaker.
- Programs approach: Learn about the multifaceted approach of our program work to educate, inspire and engage hikers—all to protect the trails and wild places we love.
- Strategic Plan 2021-2025: We invite you to join in the journey of creating trails for everyone, forever.
- Accomplishments: From creating Washington's largest volunteer trail maintenance program to reforming legislation that allocates trail funding, find out what WTA has accomplished since our founding in 1966.
- Baker Lake. Photo by Jake Johnson
People and Partners
Staff and Board: Meet our board of directors and friendly staff who support WTA's work through outreach, program management, advocacy, administration and more. Contact us.
Members: Through their generous donations, our members fuel all of our work, from our website to our statewide trail maintenance and advocacy efforts.
Contributors: Get to know our volunteer contributors to WTA's online Hiking Guide and Washington Trails magazine.
Corporate Partners: Our work would not be possible without support from our corporate partners.
Volunteers: Our amazing, hard-working volunteers are why WTA's programs can accomplish so much for Washington's trails every year. Watch the video below to hear from a few of our trail maintenance volunteers about why they give back to trails.
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