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Links to Washington Trails Association publications, not including "Washington Trails" magazine.

Washington Trails Association offers several full-color publications in PDF format.  In order to view each report, you will need Adobe Reader (click here to download the Reader).

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Washington Trails Magazine

Every WTA member receives a one-year subscription to Washington Trails magazine.  The magazine is published ten times per year and offers more than 40 pages of great stories about hikes, trails, gear, WTA news and more.

Select articles from each issue are available on the website.  To receive the full issue of each magazine, please check news stands or join Washington Trails Association.


The Value of Hiking: Economic Benefits of Hiking and Non-Motorized Recreation (Sept. 2007)

This report finds that outdoor recreation has an enormous impact on the economy of Washington state.  It surveys the latest data and economic literature and finds that low-impact outdoor recreation contributed $730 billion to the U.S. economy in 2005 and contributes $11.7 billion annually to Washington state's economy.  Read the report.


Endangered Trails Report Series

Washington Trails Association’s annual Endangered Trails Report offers comprehensive in-depth analysis of specific issues that impact trails, and what you can do today to help secure their future. The trails highlighted in these publications were chosen because they illustrate particular characteristics important Washington hikers or threats that impact several trails across the state.