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
Hiking With Critters, Large and Small: What You Need to Know
May 12, 2020
Wildlife encounters on trail can be a source of awe or … itching. Here are a few of the wild creatures people routinely ask us about and tips on how to make potential encounters as positive as possible.
FAQ: What Hikers Need To Know For May 5 Reopening of State Lands
May 04, 2020
Washington's state lands and trails will be reopening to hiking on May 5. Here's what hikers need to know before they go to get outdoors safely and responsibly.
3 Trail-Worthy Skills to Teach Your Hiking Pup at Home
Mar 23, 2020
Here are three essential skills that all good hiking dogs need to know when you hit the trails. They are surprisingly easy to work on in your living room or on strolls around the blog.
What Do I Need for a Close-to-Home Hike?
Mar 17, 2020
For a walk in your local greenspace, packing along the Ten Essentials may feel like overkill — but then where does that lead us?
3 Tips for Planning a Group Hiking Trip
Outdoor Leadership Training participants share the lessons they've learned. By Andrew Pringle
I Picked Up 80 Pounds of Trail Trash in a Year. Here's What I Learned
Dec 30, 2019
If you're looking for hiking resolutions for 2020, here's what I learned from a year of collecting 80 lbs of light sabers, orange peels and water bottles.