"This little newsletter has been an experiment so far, testing a hunch I've had that such a means of communication among walkers is needed." — Signpost magazine, 1966.
Exploring the State Through Volunteering
Sep 08, 2021
Our varied, far-reaching volunteer opportunities have the added benefit of giving volunteers a fun opportunity to see and explore new parts of Washington.
Hiker Headlines: Hunting Season, Long Weekend, Back to School
Sep 02, 2021
Hunting season is ramping up on many public lands across the state. The last long weekend of summer is right around the corner. And, it's time to head back to school.
El Centro de la Raza on the Trail: An Outdoor Field Trip for Teens
Sep 02, 2021
This trip, which was supported by WTA's Outdoor Leadership Training program, was a chance for teens to connect with each other and the outdoors.
You Know You're in Washington When...
Aug 31, 2021
Washingtonians are known for our love of hiking and outdoor recreation. This love of trails often bleeds into a lot of other aspects of our lives, too, like the clothes we wear and the cars we drive.
Worth the Weight: WTA Staff Add to the 10 Essentials
Aug 30, 2021
The little luxuries we like to add to our backpacks.
Hiker Headlines: Gear Libraries, Lyle Cherry Reopening, Wolverines, Community Science
Aug 26, 2021
WTA is excited to open our second gear library in Puget Sound. Lyle Cherry Orchard trails are once again open to hikers. Wildfire season isn't over yet — but we can help you plan around it. Wolverines are making a comeback in the Cascades. And, our local pikas could use your help. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Two Programs Emerge to Benefit the Health and Well-Being of Washington's Children and Adults
Aug 25, 2021
Two successes from the 2021 legislative session will help connect the benefits of nature with the people of Washington state: The Parks Rx Pilot Program and Licensing for Outdoor, Nature-Based Child Care.
Trails Next Door Are Always There For Me
Aug 24, 2021
The way I hike has been altered drastically, but my enjoyment of nature is unchanged.
WTA Opens Second Gear Library in South Puget Sound
Aug 20, 2021
New location will make it easier for more groups to get the gear they need to get outside with kids and families.
A Trails Rebooted Plan for a Special Area Near Mount Rainier
Aug 19, 2021
WTA is working with our partners to create new and improved opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Snoquera area, which offers an excellent area to disperse use from Mount Rainier National Park and other trails.
Hiker Headlines: Photo Contest, Road to Artist Point Open, Planes in Parks, National Park News
Aug 19, 2021
WTA’s annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest is open. Highway 542 is open all the way to Artist Point for the first time this summer. Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks want input on their Air Tour Management Plans. The White House plans to nominate a new director for the National Park Service. All national parks are requiring face masks in all indoor spaces and outdoors where distancing is not possible, a good rule to remember if you visit on Aug. 25, for the upcoming fee-free day.
Planning for Paradise: Your Input on Mount Rainier's Future
Aug 18, 2021
Mount Rainier National Park is looking for your help to improve visitor experiences and reduce congestion in the most trafficked area of the park.
Young Volunteers Tackle Big Project for Year-Round Trails
Aug 17, 2021
Thanks to dozens of youth volunteers, hikers will have a better experience on easily accessible, year-round trails at Big Finn Hill Park.
Writing Away the Miles: Poetry & Hiking
Aug 13, 2021
"Hiking, like poetry, gives me the room to explore my own thoughts. And one complements the other."
Hiker Headlines: Recreate Responsibly Update, Highway 20 Open, Some Trails and State Parks Closed, Changing Air Quality
Aug 12, 2021
The #RecreateResponsibly guidelines have been updated. The North Cascades Highway has reopened. A new fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness remains small, but several trails are closed in the area. Some state parks have temporarily closed due to wildfires. Smoky air could be moving west across Washington this week.
You Make Trails Happen: Hikers Speak Up on Washington Trails Day
Aug 10, 2021
On Saturday Aug. 7, several thousand hikers took action at trailheads and online, calling for better funding for the Forest Service in celebration of Washington Trails Day.
#RecreateResponsibly Updates Guidelines
Aug 10, 2021
The national #RecreateResponsibly coalition is looking beyond the pandemic aiming to build an inclusive and conscientious outdoor culture.The updated guidance focuses on keeping people and outdoor spaces healthy through personal responsibilities and actions.
Helping Hikers and Collecting Vital Information on the Mountain Loop Highway
Aug 09, 2021
This summer, keep your eyes out for WTA volunteers on the Mountain Loop Highway. They won't be wearing hard hats — these folks will be in Gothic Basin and at Cutthroat Lakes several times this summer, sharing information about recreating responsibly and sustainably and doing visitor counts for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
One Year Later: How the Great American Outdoors Act Is Funding Trail Fixes
Aug 06, 2021
One year on from the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, funding for stewardship and maintenance of trails has helped WTA to make great strides in our work. With four more years of GAOA funding to go, we're optimistic at what we can achieve, but we know that making trails for everyone, forever will take a lot more work.
Hiker Headlines: Washington Trails Day, Cascade River Road Closed, Fire Damage Averted, Hike-a-Thon
Aug 05, 2021
Washington's official state hiking holiday, Washington Trails Day is coming up this weekend. The Cascade River Road is closed again after recent storm damage. The recent fire at Lyle Cherry Orchard doesn't appear to have damaged new trails. Hike-a-Thon has officially kicked off, but it's not too late to join in. Catch the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. A fire near Granite Mountain should be avoided.
WTA Interviews Miles, Everyone's Favorite Marmot
Aug 03, 2021
What does the furry mascot of Hike-a-Thon have to say about WTA's biggest annual hiking event? Well...