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Advancing Trail Smarts

Supporting trails is not just about the much-needed trail maintenance and additional investment. It’s also about hiker awareness, transportation access, trip-reported conditions and so much more. We need targeted education to improve on-trail experiences and help hikers discover brand-new adventures.

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

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.

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How to Keep Your Gear Dry on Wet Days

Fall signals the return of rain in the Pacific Northwest, and there are few things more discouraging than pulling wet gear out of your bag when you get to your destination. These tips will help you keep your gear and clothing dry so you can hike in comfort year-round.

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Halloween on Trail: Sith Lords and Zombies and Bears, Oh My!

Oct 28, 2019

As autumn rolls in, our favorite summertime forests and lakes turn moody with moss and mist. What better way to celebrate this holiday than to swap out your usual trail attire with a quirky costume.

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Tips for Hiking in Harmony with Dogs

Oct 14, 2019

Whether you have a dog or not, some advice to ensure harmony on trail.

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How to Research Lesser-Traveled Trails

What to do when your hike doesn’t have any recent trip reports.

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A Drop in the Bucket

At the very moment when public lands need passionate hikers as advocates, more people are falling in love with Washington’s backcountry trails. But decades of budget cuts have wreaked havoc on backcountry infrastructure, creating problems with no easy solution. Managing poop, it turns out, is one of those problems | By Loren Drummond

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