Advancing Trail Smarts
Supporting trails is not just about the much-needed trail maintenance and additional investment. It’s also about hiker awareness, transportation and road access, trip-reported conditions and so much more. Fun fact: our trip reports aren't just a useful tool for planning your next hike; they are critical to land managers as they make decisions and plan for the future needs of hikers.
All of this requires targeted education to improve your on-trail experiences and help you lessen your impact on the places you love. If you haven’t seen our Trail Smarts video series, now's a great time to check it out. These tools provide quick refreshers on some of the most important hiking best practices.
EXPAND YOUR TRAIL SMARTS
How to Recycle Your Hiking Gear
Being thoughtful about the gear we buy and use — and what we do with it when gear reaches the end of its life — is another small way to leave a lighter footprint on the broader world, too.
How to Think Ahead for Safer Hiking
Hiking comes with inherent risk, but by preparing ahead of time and thinking through those risks, you can future-proof your hikes and be ready for (nearly) anything.
Search and Rescue’s Tips for Wet-Season Hiking
Dec 14, 2021
Here are a few scenarios you might encounter while hiking in the wet months — and how to avoid having to make that 911 call for search and rescue.
Hiker Headlines: Hunting Season, Long Weekend, Back to School
Sep 02, 2021
Hunting season is ramping up on many public lands across the state. The last long weekend of summer is right around the corner. And, it's time to head back to school.
Sun Protection While Hiking: Sunscreen, UV Protective Clothing & More
Get some tips for staying safe in the sun and make a more informed decision before setting out on your next hike.
How to Swim Safely in Cold Water Lakes
Washington state is full of beautiful mountain lakes — and many of them are very cold. Here's what you need to know to swim safely — and protect the fragile lake environment.