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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

Studying Human Behavior at Big Four Ice Caves

Nov 15, 2017

The Forest Service and Baylor University have teamed up to see how they can improve visitor experience and safety on this popular trail.

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Trail Soft Skills: Have You Got Them?

Nov 10, 2017

Because there are people in nature here are some tips to help you interact effectively and harmoniously with other hikers.

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Hold Your Line to Help a Trail

Oct 31, 2017

Hiking may be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, but how and where your shoe lands has a bigger impact than you may think. Whether you’re zigzagging toward a summit, bombing back down to the trailhead or sloshing ankle-deep through mud, there is no easier way to help trails than by simply staying on them.

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How to Watch the Eclipse (and Meteor Showers) Responsibly

Aug 15, 2017

Whether it's the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 or a meteor shower, learn how to be a responsible star viewer by following these tips, provided by the Department of the Interior.

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It's Wildfire Season: Closures, Conditions and Air Quality

Jul 24, 2017

Read the latest on wildfires in Washington and the health risks associated with them, as well as resources on how to stay safe during wildfire season.

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Free Webinar: Understanding Mountain Weather and Staying Safe in the Backcountry

Jul 13, 2017

Learn how to read clouds, storms, and weather with a free webinar on July 19 at 7 p.m.

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