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Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.

Washington Trails Association news about volunteers and trail maintenance on The Signpost Blog.

You can also meet our hardworking crew leaders, and see standout volunteers at the Rock Wall of Fame.

New Trail Opens on Badger Mountain

Jan 16, 2015

Hikers at the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve, a 650-acre park in Richland, will be able to enjoy a new trail at the preserve as of noon today.

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Timelapse: Moving a Thousand Pound Boulder by Hand

Jan 09, 2015

Yesterday on a brand new trail project on Squak Mountain, first time volunteer and trail runner Matt Hagen captured a timelapse showing how the crew used pulleys and ingenuity to shift a massive boulder into just the right place.

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Four Trails that Need Your Help in January

Jan 01, 2015

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love. No experience is needed to join a work party, and anyone is welcome. We'll teach you what you need to know and find the right job for you. For more information on what to expect when you join us on trail, check out our FAQ page.

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Four Trails that Need Your Help in December

Dec 10, 2014

Fight the December doldrums and get outside with our volunteer crews on one of these trails, from Poo-Poo Point to Beacon Rock State Park, where we could really use some your help.

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Trail Talk: PCT Expert Bob Woods On Washington's Iconic Trail

Dec 11, 2014

Each year, volunteers work on the PCT, which meanders along Washington's Cascadia spine from the Bridge of the Gods to Manning Park in Canada. And for years, Bob Woods has been WTA's main contact as the North Cascades Regional Representative for the iconic trail. Now, he's onto new adventures. We asked him to reflect on his time with Scenic Trails and let us know what's in store for the future.

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Meet WTA's Newest Trail Mentors

Dec 19, 2014

Our volunteer assistant crew leaders—better known by the orange hard hats they wear—have stepped up to be leaders on trail for a variety of reasons: camaraderie, a call to stewardship, the restorative powers of wilderness in a modern world. From favorite trail snack to where you'll run into them on trail, learn what makes our newest nine orange hats tick.

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Hooray! The Suiattle Road Finally Opens

Oct 30, 2014

On October 25, the Suiattle River Road, closed for 11 years due to washouts, was opened to the percussive beat of rain and much applause, restoring access to the Glacier Peak wilderness and a myriad of hikes in the area, most notably the Green Mountain Lookout. This widely-publicized destination is an extremely popular destination for hikers and history buffs alike. The road is also a boon for the nearby town of Darrington, which relies heavily on tourism dollars for the local economy.

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Three Trails that Need Your Help in November

Oct 29, 2014

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love. No experience is needed to join a work party, and anyone is welcome. We'll teach you what you need to know and find the right job for you.

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Crew for a Week: Volunteering in the Enchantments and on the Wonderland

Oct 31, 2014

This summer, volunteer Karen Story joined WTA on two backcountry response team trips (BCRTs). She wrote about her experience, and included photos of the amazing work that can be accomplished by volunteers working multiple days in the backcountry.

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Four Trails that Need Your Help in October

Oct 15, 2014

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

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Spokane Outdoors: 7 Things to Do in October

Oct 08, 2014

From fall hikes to joining our WTA crew at Iller Creek to connecting with other area organizations and groups, there's a lot going on in Spokane this month.

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WTA Volunteers = New Trails + Great Work on our Public Lands

Oct 06, 2014

WTA hosted seven different work parties for National Public Lands Day, working on trails up and down the Cascades and in the Olympics.

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Made by Hand! New Route Opens on Mailbox Peak

Sep 16, 2014

On National Public Lands Day, the ribbon will be cut on a trail to the summit of one of Puget Sound's most popular destinations. A new trail was scoped and built to the summit of the popular Mailbox Peak. WTA helped build a new trail that offers a 5.25-mile alternate route that safely and sustainably transports hikers up the mountain. It even offers some of the steepness of the original route, without the treacherous descent.

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Be a Part of Something Big: National Public Lands Day

Sep 16, 2014

WTA volunteers give back to trails all year round, but National Public Lands Day is a national opportunity to come together with volunteers all across America and give back to trails! Join WTA on trail September 27, and help keep Washington's trails hikable and safe.

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Horses and Handsaws: Repairing Trails with the Help of Back Country Horsemen

Sep 10, 2014

Each year, several of WTA's Volunteer Vacations and Backcountry Response Teams (BCRTs) are supported by Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW). This year, WTA employees got a firsthand look at what goes into repairing trails with the help of a pack string.

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Four Terrific Maintenance Trips on the Olympic Peninsula

Aug 18, 2014

For many, the Olympic Peninsula can be a bit of a drive for a day work party. Make the most of your time spent here and lend a hand to trails by spending two or more days helping us build and maintain trails in the lush Olympic rainforest! Coming up in September, WTA has a weekend work party and several Backcountry Response Team (BCRT) trips that could use your help.

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Four Trails That Need Your Help in August

Aug 06, 2014

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

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Spend the Weekend with WTA

Jul 23, 2014

Gather some close friends or family and join WTA on an overnight trip! Volunteering on weekend work parties is a great way to give back to trails, have a fun camping experience and get to know other people who love being outdoors, all at the same time.

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Camp Before a Work Party, Shorten Your Time to the Trailhead

Jun 26, 2014

As the snow melts, WTA's work parties move up into the mountains. This can add a bit of driving time the trailhead in the morning, making for an early start to the day in order to meet the crew at 8:30 a.m. Fortunately, for some of our summer locations, you are welcome to camp at the trailhead, either the evening before the work party, or stay and sleep after we've stashed the tools for the day. Whether you are an early-riser of a night owl you can still join a WTA work party, enjoy your beauty sleep and be on time.

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Four Trails That Need Your Help in July

Jun 25, 2014

Monthly Trail Work Picks: We're working in several locations that need some special attention this month and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

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Five Trails That Need Your Help in June

Jun 04, 2014

This month WTA is working in several locations that need some special attention, and we'd love to have your help! Join us for a day full of safety, fun, and work, and make your mark on the trails you love.

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Lend a Hand on National Trails Day

May 21, 2014

Mark your calendars; June 7th is National Trails Day! This year is the 22nd anniversary of this nationwide effort, when volunteers across America rally together to celebrate this single day reserved for trails everywhere.

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Spring Onto a New Trail, Meet a New Crew Member

May 21, 2014

What a spring we've had! Our trail maintenance program has been hard at work opening trails, building bridges, and improving trails in new areas.

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Larrabee's New Rock Trail: Grand Views, Loop Options

Apr 22, 2014

Join Larrabee State Park officials, Washington Trails Association and the Chuckanut Conservancy in celebrating the official opening of the Rock Trail. The new trail in the Chuckanuts connects the Overlook to Lost Lake and provides a great workout, gorgeous views and fascinating geology.

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Help the Darrington Ranger District Prepare for Summer

Apr 08, 2014

The recent mudslide on Highway 530 has employees with the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest working round the clock. In addition to their full-time jobs with the forest, many of them are volunteering their spare time to help in recovery efforts for the community of Oso.

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Backcountry Havens: 5 BCRTs that Need Your Help

Mar 11, 2014

Below are listed five 2014 BCRT locations that could use a few more enthusiastic crew members.

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Slideshow: Bonding and Building Trails in a New Community

Mar 06, 2014

With help from WTA's gear lending library and mini-grants, a group of teens with the Coalition of Refugees from Burma gave back to Washington's trails and got to know each other better as they built a new section of trail on Cougar Mountain.

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Ready-Made Vacations: 5 Backcountry Trails That Need Your Help

Feb 26, 2014

If you're looking for a rewarding, challenging and fun vacation this summer and you love camping, take a look at these five WTA volunteer vacations. These are week-long work parties that connect hikers with much-needed trail maintenance projects in beautiful locations throughout Washington.

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Newest 'Orange Hats' Lend a Helping Hand on Trail

Feb 21, 2014

Meet the five new assistant crew leaders, or 'orange hats,' who you might meet on a volunteer work party this summer.

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Spread the Word: Scholarships for Teens on Trail

Feb 03, 2014

Every teen should have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, which is why WTA offers scholarships for teens 14-18 to participate in our Youth Volunteer Vacation trips, a week of camping and participation on a team-oriented trail crew.

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