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The Trail System of Tomorrow

Reimagining trail systems to meet growing enthusiasm.

 

Washington has vast and inspiring landscapes with opportunities to create more trails and increase connections between existing trails for added adventures. Trails Rebooted is a big picture approach to recreation that will allow WTA to focus on improving existing trails while supporting the construction of new ones.

We will guide hikers to similarly inspiring experiences — just on new and different trails. In 2019, we explored solutions in several pilot areas, areas that we think will meet the needs of hikers in the future. Upgrading these trail systems now, with sustainability and growing demand in mind, will guarantee great experiences on trail for generations to come. 

The Teanaway

Stafford Creek Trail by Valerie Goto

The Teanaway is a favorite among WTA staff. And now, this area is even better for outdoor recreation with the addition of the Teanaway Community Forest. The entire region offers stupendous recreation opportunities just beyond the hubbub of the most popular parts of the I-90 corridor. Discover more about the Teanaway Community Forest and how it will expand recreation opportunities and boost the local recreation economy.

410-Snoquera

Snoquera Falls by Jason Prater

This region of the state, just outside of Mount Rainier National Park, has several wonderful hikes that are already popular. Recent fires and an ongoing landscape analysis by the Forest Service offer a ripe opportunity to think decades into the future about what recreation could look like for this region. Stay tuned for more on this pilot project this summer and, in the meantime, keep an eye out for upcoming trail work parties in the area.

Mountain Loop Highway

Walt Bailey Trail by Sona Atanesyan

Several trails off the Mountain Loop Highway are already well known — just check out the parking lots in the middle of a sunny Saturday. We want to take a close look at the hiker experience on trails and at trailheads, and consider how we can help to improve it. Stay tuned for more on this pilot project this fall. In the meantime, file a trip report for a nearby hike, make a donation to support this work or sign up for a trail work party!

SPOKANE AREA

Iller Creek Loop by Mary Weathers

The recreation community in Spokane has demonstrated a passion for trails that is unparalleled. The area has a shorter hiking and trail maintenance season thanks to regular snowfall, but that hasn’t stopped WTA’s volunteer community from seeking out creative opportunities to stay engaged. WTA is expanding our opportunities for volunteers to invest in close-to-home trails to meet Spokane’s growing population and demand for great hiking. Check out our upcoming opportunities to get involved.

UPDATES AND EARLY WINS

Passion Projects Bring WTA Volunteers Back to Favorite Trails

Jun 01, 2021

Our volunteers often find themselves replacing worn-out structures, rebuilding tread or even rerouting trails built by WTA crews who came before them. We’re grateful for the volunteers who were part of those original crews and continue to go back, over and over again, to maintain the projects they started.

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Dog Mountain Permits for 2021: Get 'Em While You Can

Mar 26, 2021

Permits for Dog Mountain in 2021 are now available. In addition to a parking pass, hikers will need a permit if they are visiting Dog Mountain Saturday or Sunday between April 24 - June 13 and on Memorial Day.

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GAOA Provides Vital Funding for Public Lands

Mar 03, 2021

The Great American Outdoors Act was a huge win for the outdoor community. Here’s some of the ways it will help Washington.

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Meeting The Need: Investments on the Mountain Loop Highway

Feb 26, 2021

With more people discovering a love for trails, it's important to ensure the trail system can manage the increased needs. Here's how WTA is working on that goal in one part of Washington.

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1 Trail, 2 Decades, 15 Stories

Feb 25, 2021

WTA started as a way for hikers to share their experiences on trails, and those decades of stories (now shared as trip reports on wta.org) compose a collective memory of Washington’s hiking community. We’ve gone back through nearly 1,000 trip reports for Goat Lake along the Mountain Loop Highway to highlight the variety of experiences that this trail has supported over the years.

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Get Ready for WTA's 2021 Backcountry Trips

Jan 26, 2021

Join WTA this summer. Backpack to a gorgeous place, do some trail work, and feel good about helping Washington's trail be some of the best.

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