Volunteer Spotlight: Dana Pounds
Jan 14, 2019
WTA trail work volunteer Dana Pounds is the definition of can-do. A 20-year battle with a rare form of cancer hasn't dimmed her positivity and optimism, and losing her leg hasn't kept her off trail. She joined WTA on her first work party earlier this month.
What It Takes to Research and Write 500 Hikes for WTA
Dec 14, 2018
WTA's hiking guide content manager, Anna Roth, just finished writing her 500th hike. She reflects on highs, lows and what she's learned.
Wrap Up: A Working Mom's Year of Backpacking Once a Month
Dec 03, 2018
In January, Washington Trails editor Jessi Loerch set a goal to go backpacking once a month. She reflects on the year's adventures, and what she learned.
Washington State Trails Conference: Learning More About How Our Trail System Works
Nov 13, 2018
The 2018 Washington Trails Conference was full of learning opportunities and fascinating information about what goes into the trails we enjoy.
Where Are They Now: Arlen Bogaards
Oct 31, 2018
Arlen Bogaards is our Northwest Regional Manager, but he started his career at WTA as a volunteer.
Volunteer Spotlight: Kim, Norah and Adam
Sep 10, 2018
Get to know three of our newest hard hat recipients.
22 Years of Trail Work with WTA
Sep 06, 2018
From volunteer to WTA field manager, Alan Carter Mortimer has dedicated 22 years of work to Washington's trails.
Volunteer Spotlight: Clare Paden
Aug 01, 2018
How wrestling with one stubborn stump led one volunteer to taking a leadership role in trail work parties around the state.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Jacob Mandell
Jul 16, 2018
Jacob Mandell worked at WTA for two years and his enthusiasm, gentle leadership and big smile were big motivators for the many volunteers he worked with. He's since taken his expertise to Colorado, where he's on a trail maintenance crew in the Routt National Forest.
GirlTrek: Walking as a Radical Act of Self-Care
Jun 28, 2018
GirlTrek started as a hiking club. It quickly grew into a movement to reverse the systemic health crisis experienced by black women and transform the health and well-being of entire communities.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Lauren Glass
May 29, 2018
Lauren Glass joined WTA two years ago with an impressive resume from working with youth. After two years crew leading with us, she headed to Colorado to manage the youth program at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. We caught up with her to see how it's going.
Where Are They Now? Seasonal Crew Leader Margaret Ullman-Hess
May 24, 2018
Now working for Mountains to Sound Greenway, Margaret Ullman-Hess got her first taste of trail work as a seasonal crew leader with WTA. We asked her what hooked her, and how she took what she learned at WTA into her professional career.
Progress Report: Backpacking All Year
Apr 05, 2018
Washington Trails editor and mom Jessi Loerch set a goal for herself to backpack once a month this year. She's on track, and finding the sweet spot between spending alone time in the wilderness and sharing nature with some close friends.
The Three Cs: Raising a Child Who Loves Nature
Apr 04, 2018
Krista Dooley, parent and the youth and volunteer programs director at WTA, on how a simple walk in the woods with her young daughter builds curiosity, courage and confidence.
Two WTA Volunteers Recognized by Friends of Olympic National Park
Mar 23, 2018
WTA crew leader Rebecca Wanagel and Washington Trails contributor Kelsie Donleycott have been recognized as super-volunteers this year. Read why.
Landscapes of Love: Stitching Our Stories into Wild Places
Feb 14, 2018
When we make our memories on trails and in wild places, they take on a kind of permanence and heft, long after we’ve packed up our tents and gone.
How 3 Unique Volunteers Help Fuel WTA
Jan 22, 2018
Meet three volunteers who are helping out across the organization, and learn how they're making a difference for Washington's trails.
Meet the Trail Community: Wildland Firefighter
Dec 18, 2017
As a helitack manager, Chris O'Brien spends much of his time managing fire and looking at trails from the air. But when he can, he heads out to volunteer, or simply take a short walk on trails near his winter home in Olympia.
Meet the Trail Community: Mountain Biker
Dec 01, 2017
Mountain biker Melissa MacKelvie wants everyone to find their connection to nature. It's empowering, and builds the community of people who care deeply about trails.
Enjoy Nature Anywhere: Find Feelings of Wilderness Close to Town
Oct 16, 2017
It can feel like a challenge to connect with nature and capture the sense of solituide close to town—but it’s not impossible. A few tips to find that wild feeling.
Meet the Trail Community: First Generation Hiker
Sep 21, 2017
Meet a woman who is the first in her family to go hiking, and learn what inspired her to start.
Volunteer Spotlight: Maridee BonaDea
Aug 18, 2017
Meet Maridee—recently retired and heading to Bangkok to pursue her Master's degree, she wanted to spend a little time volunteering with WTA before heading out.
Bree Loewen: 20 Years in Search and Rescue
Jul 20, 2017
Meet Bree, a 20-year vet of search-and-rescue and author of Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue.
Hiking with New Eyes: A First-Timer's Experience on a BCRT
Jul 13, 2017
Amy Redmond was inspired by her friend and assistant crew leader, Joni Johnson to try out a BCRT. Here's her telling of the experience out on the Olympic Peninsula.
Hiking With Kids: It's All About the Cupcakes
May 12, 2017
A hiking-obsessed mom gets her reluctant 6-year-old out on trail. And, amazingly, everyone has fun.
Volunteer Spotlight: Carmen Zavala
Mar 06, 2017
Meet Carmen Zavala -- a recently-settled Seattle resident who wanted to learn more about where trail comes from and who takes care of them.
What Inspires You to Care for Trails?
Feb 27, 2017
Caring for trails and wild places for the next generation is important, but why wait? Let's care for those places right now and enjoy them now, too.
Youth Ambassador Spotlight: Julianna Hoza
Feb 03, 2017
Learn how this Youth Ambassador has been making big waves in her local hiking community.
The Outdoors Needs Us -- ALL of Us
Jan 10, 2017
If we want to protect are natural places, particularly our national parks, well into the future, we must find a way to reach our increasingly diverse society.
Then and Now: WTA Looks Forward
Jan 03, 2017
As we close the book on our 50th anniversary, we look back into WTA's past, and also to the future and what we hope to achieve in the coming years.