Learn about how WTA is creating a powerful community of hikers who know how to care for and advocate for our state's amazing trails. Check out some of our recent success stories.
Young WILD Leaders Get a Lift from Outdoor Leadership Training
May 12, 2017
Normally, our Outdoor Leadership Training program trains adults who work with youth. But last month, we were joined by a group of exceptional youth leaders who will use their new skills in their community.
10 Years of Youth Engagement
Apr 12, 2017
Thanks to our members and donors, over the past 10 years, WTA’s youth engagement has grown into a comprehensive program serving thousands of students. But that’s not all. It’s also fostering the next generation of environmental advocates.
Spokane-area Hiker Protects Trails She's Loved Since Childhood
Mar 21, 2017
For Spokane-area's Holly Weiler, getting to lead work on trails she's loved since childhood has special meaning. That the project came in ahead of schedule and under budget is just a bonus.
Gear Library Helps Young Women Discover the Outdoors
Mar 16, 2017
Every time they go exploring, Young Women Empowered makes use of WTA's gear library to stay safe and comfortable. On a recent trip, many of their youth and mentors were able to experience the North Cascades for the first time.
With WTA's Help, Youth Ambassadors Share Their Love for Trails
Mar 04, 2017
Through WTA's Youth Ambassador Program, young people who love to hike and volunteer gain valuable skills and share their love for trails
Record Numbers Show Up to Speak for Trails in Olympia
Feb 16, 2017
More than 120 hikers from across the state joined WTA for Hiker Rally Day in Olympia yesterday to voice their support for funding for trails and recreation lands and programs to get youth outside.
Youth Ambassador Spotlight: Julianna Hoza
Feb 03, 2017
Learn how this Youth Ambassador has been making big waves in her local hiking community.
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.
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.
Revisiting 18 Standout Trail Projects from 2016
Dec 15, 2016
Looking back on an amazing year of volunteer trail work--partnerships, preservation and unearthing lost trails.
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.
In Final Days Before Recess, Congress Passes Legislation to Support Forest Trails
Nov 17, 2016
Trail lovers have something new to be thankful for during the holiday: the Senate passed a bill to preserve trails.
County Council Approves Plan for 98 Miles of New Trails at Lake Whatcom
Nov 14, 2016
After more than a year of collaboration with the recreation community, the Whatcom County Council will ensure sustainable access to this local gem.
WTA's Krista Dooley Recognized at Washington State Trails Conference
Nov 01, 2016
Krista Dooley, Washington Trails Association’s youth programs director, who recently received the Youth Advocacy Award from the Washington State Trails Coalition.
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.
D.C. Update: House Passes Bill to Increase Volunteer Maintenance on Forest Trails
Oct 14, 2016
The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act could increase volunteerism to maintain 157,000 miles of trails across the nation.
Lost Trails Found: Creating a Sustainable Future for the North Fork Sullivan Trail
Oct 10, 2016
Strong partnerships, trail funding and a lot of hard work in the field means brings one trail in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness come back from the brink.
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!
Outdoor Leadership Training: Backpacking
Sep 15, 2016
Getting teachers and youth program coordinators out into the wilderness was a milestone in rounding out the suite of WTA learning experiences (including hiking, snowshoeing and camping workshops) available to schools and community organizations that want to increase access to the outdoors for the youth they serve.
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.
Video: The Power of Community and Hike-a-Thon at Access Living
Aug 24, 2016
Hike-A-Thon has opened up a whole new community for 20 individuals receiving services and several staff at Access Living. The staff created a short video to capture their excitement about trails.
PHOTOS: On Washington Trails Day, Hikers Spoke Up for Trails
Aug 12, 2016
Saturday August 6, hikers across the state celebrated the third annual Washington Trails Day by getting outside and showing their support for increasing trail funding.
Slideshow: Where We've Worked (So Far) This Summer
Jul 12, 2016
Many trails have already benefited from volunteer work crews this summer. See where we've been, and where you can join us for the rest of the season.
Boeing and WTA, Coming Together for Trails
Jul 11, 2016
At WTA, we are so grateful for Boeing's investment in our organization, and for the many individual volunteers and members who make our work possible. Together we are making a big collective impact for trails!
Forest Service Hires WTA Volunteer for Trail Crew
May 24, 2016
This summer, WTA assistant crew leader Cindy Nguyen will join the Gifford Pinchot National Forest as a member of a wilderness trail crew. We asked her how WTA helped shape her path, and get her to where she is now.
New Trail Links Recreation Areas near Anacortes
May 24, 2016
The nearly-complete John Tursi Trail is a vision decades in the making. WTA volunteers have helped make this connector between Deception Pass and Anacortes a reality, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled for June 4.
New Partnerships Strengthen WTA's Volunteer Education
May 01, 2016
WTA has partnered with the Mount St. Helens Institute and other organizations to improve our impact on trails as well as the community in Southwest Washington.
UPDATED: Victory! Congress Revives Land and Water Conservation Fund
Apr 21, 2016
Conservationists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts celebrate the inclusion of a critical conservation program in the federal budget deal.
Raising Tomorrow's Trail Stewards
Apr 11, 2016
The Homeschool Stewardship Squad allows kids and parents to volunteer, play and learn together outside. Heidi Watters organized the squad in 2011, and we asked her some history and tips for encouraging your own little ones.
Then and Now: The First Online Trip Report
Mar 04, 2016
Hear about the humble beginnings of wta.org and the first trip report filed online.