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
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 Use the Bathroom Outside
We all pee. We all poop. And we can all learn skills to make the whole process easier and more responsible while out hiking.
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
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.
10 Trip Reporters who are Hiking Smart
May 11, 2020
As public lands begin to reopen, hikers are starting to get out a bit farther from home. Here are some highlights from recent trip reports.
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.