Profiles, Interviews & Perspectives
Meet the Trail Community: Equestrian
Sep 14, 2016
Horses have provided Kathy Young, president of Back Country Horsemen of Washington, the opportunity to immerse herself in nature all her life. Hear what spurred her connection to trails.
Meet the Trail Community: Politician
Sep 13, 2016
As the Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Jon Snyder is tasked with evaluating the role Washington’s outdoor recreation industry plays in bolstering the state’s economy as a whole.
Interview with Bill Sunderland and Alyssa Kreider
Sep 08, 2016
We sat down with, long-time supporters Bill Sunderland and Alyssa Kreider, to learn more about their history with WTA and what inspired them to contribute to the Greg Ball Trail Fund.
Meet the Trail Community: Outdoor Technologist
Sep 02, 2016
What role does outdoor technology have in protecting trails or building community? Ryan Branciforte of Trailhead Labs talks about the future of trails, maps, apps and tech.
Meet the Trail Community: Dog
Jul 28, 2016
Madigan's a 60-pound mutt who learned to love the outdoors and share trails with people and other pups. Now, his humans are learning how to take an older dog hiking.
Meet the Trail Community: Geocacher
Jul 14, 2016
What do you get when you take a geek to the woods? According to Tomoe Wilfong, (Geocaching username Kiborin) you end up with a geocacher.
Meet the Trail Community: Land Manager
Jun 23, 2016
What does a career with an agency that primarily works with water have to do with trails on terra firma?
Meet the Trail Community: Meteorologist
Jun 09, 2016
Though it's summer, there's still snow high up. NWAC meteorologist Dennis D'Amico knows what the weather's doing, and his forecasts help you (and him) make good decisions about where to go hiking.
Hiking with a New Baby
Jun 09, 2016
Youth Programs Director Krista Dooley and her husband recently welcomed a new baby. She shares what it was like to recuperate from birth, and how hiking has changed for her and her husband now that they're sharing the trail with a third little hiker.
Q&A with Craig Romano: Washington's '100 Classic Hikes' Guidebook, Rebooted
Jun 08, 2016
Mountaineers Books will launch a gorgeous 3rd edition of "100 Classic Hikes in Washington" and the new edition is far more than a refresh.
Christina Benton: Mama on a Mission
Jun 08, 2016
Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids, for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's National Parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the park service's lack of visitors who look like her family.
Meet the Trail Community: Advocate
May 18, 2016
Thanks to Mike Denny's background in researching and exploring, he's a champion for trails, helping the next generation develop an appreciation for the natural world.
Reflecting on 50: Milestones and Moments Ahead
May 16, 2016
A conversation with three board members who are sharing their birthdays with Washington Trails Association.
Meet The Trail Community: Ham Radio Operator
May 05, 2016
For Tim Nair, reaching the summit is just the beginning of his day. We asked him what exactly goes into being a ham radio operator in the backcountry.
Meet the Trail Community: Artist
Apr 25, 2016
One look at Herb Purganan’s expansive landscape oil paintings and you notice a theme: vastness. It’s clear that nature inspires him, so we asked what it’s like to experience a trail through the eyes of an artist.
Meet the Trail Community: Chocolatier
Apr 07, 2016
As a small business owner, it can be difficult to grab a little time in nature. Autumn Martin, owner of Hot Cakes in Seattle brought nature into her business. And, she's sending the profits back out to help the trails she loves.
Meet the Trail Community: Wildlife Biologist
Mar 17, 2016
To wildlife biologist David Moskowitz, going on a hike might mean walking through someone else's bedroom. Learn how this perspective changes his experience on trail.
Then and Now: The First Online Trip Report
Mar 04, 2016
Hear about the humble beginnings of wta.org and the first trip report filed online.
Meet the Trail Community: Trail Runner
Feb 25, 2016
Ultra-runner Krissy Moehl reflects on what she gets out of being on trail, whether she's walking or running.
Meet the Trail Community: Climber
Feb 17, 2016
Tess Wendel climbs to get past where the trail ends. But having a path that leads to that jumping-off point is important.
Northwest Exposure: Photography Tips from Dean Zulich
Oct 15, 2015
We sat down with Dean Zulich, winner of the Offbeat Outdoors category in the 2014 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest to talk photography and tips for this year's contest.
Hello, How Can I Help You? Meet WTA's Kim Brown
Sep 02, 2015
If you call the WTA office, you'll most likely be greeted by the voice of Kim Brown, resident expert on all things hiking and chocolate.
Two Kids, Three Months, 100 Miles of Backpacking: Part II
Jul 28, 2015
Lorelei Felchlin is an adventurous spirit, and she's fostering that same spirit in her kids by getting them outdoors as much as possible. Joey (9), Elissa (7), and Vivian (1) spend their time hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving, and now they have set a goal to backpack 100 miles this summer. WTA caught up with her to see how the project is going.
Tips for Memorable Camping with Kids
There’s no need to make your first few camping trips with your family multi-day extravaganzas. Instead, start with something simple, find your camping rhythm and enjoy the small break from your daily routine. Youth educator and mom Hilary L. Benson shared a few tips to help you get out with your family this camping season.
Two Kids, Three Months, 100 Miles of Backpacking
Jun 26, 2015
Lorelei Felchlin is an adventurous spirit, and she's fostering that same spirit in her kids by getting them outdoors as much as possible. Joey (9), Elissa (7), and Vivian (1) spend their time hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and caving, and now they have set a goal to backpack 100 miles this summer. WTA caught up with her to discuss how she's going to tackle this goal.
Trail Work as Quality Family Time
May 20, 2015
Volunteering with your kids on trail can be a very rewarding experience. It instills in them a sense of responsibility, and helps them take pride in a job well done. WTA Board member Joe Gregg periodically volunteers with his kids and offered a few words of wisdom about the value of getting young ones into volunteering at a young age.
Include Your Kids on Outdoor Adventures
Apr 01, 2015
Outdoor enthusiast and photographer Gabe Grayum firmly believes in the importance of immersing kids in the wild, and the ability of young hikers to tag along on grown-up adventures. Read his advice on how to include them, and check out WTA's family hiking resources, including advice from some of our trip reporters extrordinaire on how to adventure with your young ones.
Advice for Outdoor Families
Jan 28, 2015
Erin Kirkland, outdoor parent and editor of the new Outdoor Families Magazine, shares tips keeping kids warm and happy on trail.
Cape Disappointment Is No Disappointment
Apr 27, 2014
Mid-winter break brings adventure and exploration on the southwest Washington coast to one family.
Backpacking with Baby: 15 Days 'Round Rainier
Aug 20, 2013
One family spends 15 days and 14 nights on the Wonderland Trail -- with a 9-month-old baby. For families who are wondering if they should backpack with baby, WTA trip reporter MikeOnAHike answers four of the most common questions they get along the trail. Check them out, and get inspired by their adventure.