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One Step at a Time: WTA’s Path to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As 2019 draws to a close, we take a look back at our progress — and ahead to the potential — in our efforts to help build a more equitable hiking community | By Krista Dooley

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7 Years Old, 19 Trip Reports, Excellent Candy Tips

Kai Tatineni has been hiking since he was 4. We love his enthusiastic trip reporters and excellent treat suggestions so much that we met him for a hike | By Dawn Hammer

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I'm Not Alone

As a black, outdoorsy woman in a majority white area, I felt alone. But it turns out I’m not — there are black women, and black mothers, exploring the outdoors and finding joy on trails. Here’s how I’m using Instagram to build community — and increase representation for women of color. By Chelsea Murphy.

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Where the Wild Things Are

How scientists are using motion-activated cameras and other methods to learn more about elusive wildlife | By Keiko Betcher

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A Week at Mount Rainier Helped Build Community for Latina Teens

Each of the youth who joined the trip was unique and different, but they had one thing in common. None of them knew another Latina their age whom they could invite camping. By the end of the trip, they each knew seven other girls who shared both a part of their identity and their experience with the outdoors | By Sully Moreno

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The Trees are Talking

How plants communicate and cooperate to survive environmental threats | By Keiko Betcher

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How Far Is It? The Truth Behind Trail Measurements

Measuring distances on trails is tricky business. Here’s how it works — and why sometimes numbers from different sources don’t match up | By Donna McBain Evans

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A Drop in the Bucket

At the very moment when public lands need passionate hikers as advocates, more people are falling in love with Washington’s backcountry trails. But decades of budget cuts have wreaked havoc on backcountry infrastructure, creating problems with no easy solution. Managing poop, it turns out, is one of those problems | By Loren Drummond

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Date with the Duckabush

To hike the entire length of the Duckabush is to experience the scope of what our Trails Rebooted and Lost Trails Found campaigns are working to achieve — a trail system that connects all different kinds of hiking experiences. Which is why WTA has led volunteer trail crews there for nearly a decade | By Anna Roth and Rachel Wendling

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Like Backpacking? Like Biking? Try Bikepacking.

Bikepacking is a lot like backpacking. Only — you guessed it — you ride your bike. And it's a fun way to go car-free or explore closed Forest Service roads or other bike-friendly routes | By Ben Popper.

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The UP North Loop: Connecting the Pacific Northwest

A new long distance trail for the adventurous | By Andrea Laughery

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Miles for Memories: Hiking to Honor a Loved One

Among the trees, rivers and wild creatures, we recalibrate and remember our place in the natural circle of life | by Cassandra Overby

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