Advancing Trail Smarts
Supporting trails is not just about the much-needed trail maintenance and additional investment. It’s also about hiker awareness, transportation and road access, trip-reported conditions and so much more. Fun fact: our trip reports aren't just a useful tool for planning your next hike; they are critical to land managers as they make decisions and plan for the future needs of hikers.
All of this requires targeted education to improve your on-trail experiences and help you lessen your impact on the places you love. If you haven’t seen our Trail Smarts video series, now's a great time to check it out. These tools provide quick refreshers on some of the most important hiking best practices.
EXPAND YOUR TRAIL SMARTS
Building Trail Smart Hikers in 2020
Jul 17, 2020
From a nationwide coalition to an email series, we're helping hikers learn responsible hiking skills in innovative ways in 2020.
Hiker Headlines: Fire Safety, Hike-a-Thon, Inclusive Trails, National Park Re-openings
Jul 02, 2020
It's July 2. We all need to keep safety in mind right now — from fires to fireworks. And while we're at it, let's also keep each other safe and welcome everyone on trail. You can now register for WTA's Hike-aThon! National parks continue to open up more options for exploring. And a bill in Congress offers some good news for road access to trailheads. Here's some news you might have missed wile out on trail this week.
Day Hike Packing List
Say you're heading out to spend some time in your local greenspace or going on a short hike a little further from home. Use this list to pack for a hike if you're going somewhere you can quickly access emergency services.
How to Poop in the Woods
Just because you’re miles away from the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing does not mean that doing your duty has to be a chore.
A Good Hiker Dog — How to Prepare for a Great Day on Trail
Some careful prep work can help ensure you and your furry friend have a fabulous time when you hit the trail | By Sandra Saathoff
Hygienic Hiking: Gear Up Against Germs
May 20, 2020
We’ve reviewed the best ways to integrate gear that can keep you and other safe on your hike, often by using the items you already have. With a few tweaks, you can streamline your packing list to include a few new essentials.