Meet the Trail Community: Gear Designer
Dec 28, 2016
Gear designers help you get out with the best equipment. Meet a product developer with Atlas Snowshoes whose connection to trails runs deep.
12 Inspiring Trip Reports from 2016
Dec 22, 2016
We find inspiration from trip reporters all year long. They help us discover new wonders and revisit our old favorites. Here are 12 trip reports that kept us inspired in 2016.
Then and Now: WTA's Youth Program
Nov 23, 2016
From equipping teachers with the knowledge and gear to take their students outdoors to inspiring the next generation of trail stewards, WTA's youth program is working to get young hikers on trails and connected with their communities.
Russian Ecotourism Project Learns from WTA's Model
Nov 01, 2016
This summer, volunteers from Russia participated in a work party on the Slab Camp trail. They did so as part of a Sustainable Travel Group dedicated to learning about more sustainable trail practices.
Meet the Trail Community: Volunteer
Oct 31, 2016
Three years ago, Bev Stoll joined her first work party at Mount Walker. Now, with 95 days of volunteer trail work under her boots, we ask her what she thinks is the future of volunteers on trails.
Then and Now: Photography
Oct 26, 2016
Changes in photography technology have made taking pictures on trail easier than ever. See the differences between today and 50 years ago.
Meet the Trail Community: Bow Hunter
Oct 20, 2016
Gregg Bafundo hunts and forages on trails near his home in Tonasket. Read how he uses trails to participate more fully in the natural world.
Highlights from Washington State Trails Conference
Oct 19, 2016
The 2016 Trails Conference was abuzz with talk of transit and tech, as well as engaging the next generation.
Meet the Trail Community: Environmental Educator
Oct 05, 2016
Khavin Debbs has loved being in nature since he was a boy. Now, as an educator with Seattle-based outdoor preschool Tiny Trees, he's helping spark that love in the next generation.
Then and Now: Hike Planning
Sep 30, 2016
Planning and preparing for a hike was a little different 50 years ago. See how things have changed since the internet has taken over.
Hikers Gather to Celebrate Trails
Sep 26, 2016
Thanks to the nearly 600 people who gathered at Snoqualmie Point Park for our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Meet the Trail Community: Equestrian
Sep 14, 2016
Horses have provided Kathy Young, president of Back Country Horsemen of Washington, the opportunity to immerse herself in nature all her life. Hear what spurred her connection to trails.
Then and Now: Washington's Receding Glaciers
Sep 14, 2016
Washington's glaciers were first explored and studied over 100 years ago. How many of them will be around in another century?
Interview with Bill Sunderland and Alyssa Kreider
Sep 08, 2016
We sat down with, long-time supporters Bill Sunderland and Alyssa Kreider, to learn more about their history with WTA and what inspired them to contribute to the Greg Ball Trail Fund.
Meet the Trail Community: Outdoor Technologist
Sep 02, 2016
What role does outdoor technology have in protecting trails or building community? Ryan Branciforte of Trailhead Labs talks about the future of trails, maps, apps and tech.
Then and Now: Trail Food
Aug 19, 2016
Backpacking meals have evolved considerably from the early days of canned meats and heavy ingredients. See how they've changed in the last 50 years.
Then and Now: Kloshe Nanitch Lookout
Aug 04, 2016
Hikers love fire lookouts, but these structures require both maintenance and care to be preserved for the future.
Then and Now: Hike-a-Thon Over the Years
Jul 21, 2016
In 2004, just 18 super-star hikers logged 700 miles and raised more than $5,300 for trails. Last year, 289 participants hiked 11,178 miles and raised more than $121,000 for WTA's programs!
Cheers to the Next 50 Years of Trails!
Jul 12, 2016
Beer fans, rejoice, Washington Trails Tangerine Pale Ale will continue being brewed for the forseeable future. It is now available in beverage retailers across the state!
Meet the Trail Community: Meteorologist
Jun 09, 2016
Though it's summer, there's still snow high up. NWAC meteorologist Dennis D'Amico knows what the weather's doing, and his forecasts help you (and him) make good decisions about where to go hiking.
Hiking with a New Baby
Jun 09, 2016
Youth Programs Director Krista Dooley and her husband recently welcomed a new baby. She shares what it was like to recuperate from birth, and how hiking has changed for her and her husband now that they're sharing the trail with a third little hiker.
Q&A with Craig Romano: Washington's '100 Classic Hikes' Guidebook, Rebooted
Jun 08, 2016
Mountaineers Books will launch a gorgeous 3rd edition of "100 Classic Hikes in Washington" and the new edition is far more than a refresh.
Christina Benton: Mama on a Mission
Jun 08, 2016
Last winter, Christina Benton took to the road with her three kids, for a 64-day trek across the country. Her goal: to share America's National Parks with her children, and to raise awareness about the park service's lack of visitors who look like her family.
Then and Now: Volunteering
May 26, 2016
Joining a work party has never been easier, and volunteers are needed more than ever to keep hiking experiences possible.
Reflecting on 50: Milestones and Moments Ahead
May 16, 2016
A conversation with three board members who are sharing their birthdays with Washington Trails Association.
Then and Now: Gear
May 12, 2016
A lot has changed in fabrics and materials since the 1960's. See how hiking gear has developed over the last 50 years.
Meet The Trail Community: Ham Radio Operator
May 05, 2016
For Tim Nair, reaching the summit is just the beginning of his day. We asked him what exactly goes into being a ham radio operator in the backcountry.
Then and Now: Trailhead Transportation
Apr 28, 2016
Ways of reaching the trailhead have transformed over the last 50 years. See how getting to Washington's wild spaces has never been easier.
Then and Now: Variable Winters
Apr 14, 2016
Mountain snowpack changes how hikers access higher elevation trails. With a return to normal snow amounts in 2016, it may be a bit longer before hikers can enjoy certain areas.
Then and Now: Maps and Shifting Borders
Mar 31, 2016
Despite remaining fairly static, park borders and trails do sometimes change, impacting the effectiveness of your maps.