Washington Trails Association offers several full-color publications in PDF format. In order to view each report, you will need Adobe Reader (click here to download the Reader).
Washington Trails Magazine
Every WTA member receives a one-year subscription to Washington Trails magazine. The magazine is published ten times per year and offers more than 40 pages of great stories about hikes, trails, gear, WTA news and more.
The Value of Hiking: Economic Benefits of Hiking and Non-Motorized Recreation (Sept. 2007)
This report finds that outdoor recreation has an enormous impact on the economy of Washington state. It surveys the latest data and economic literature and finds that low-impact outdoor recreation contributed $730 billion to the U.S. economy in 2005 and contributes $11.7 billion annually to Washington state's economy. Read the report.
Endangered Trails Report Series
Washington Trails Association’s annual Endangered Trails Report offers comprehensive in-depth analysis of specific issues that impact trails, and what you can do today to help secure their future. The trails highlighted in these publications were chosen because they illustrate particular characteristics important Washington hikers or threats that impact several trails across the state.
- Endangered Trails 2008 - Focuses primarily on trails endangered by a lack of public funding.
- Endangered Trails 2007 - Highlights popular trails damaged by major storms in 2003 and 2006.
- Hike It 2006 - Ten trails threatened from a variety of sources, from storms to decisions by Congress.
- Gifford Pinchot: The Forgotten Forest (2005) - The Gifford Pinchot is one of the oldest national forests in the U.S., but it is also one of the most overlooked when it comes to funding. Report features ten great hikes.
- Endangered Trails 2004 - Highlights ten trails damaged by major storms in 2003.
- Endangered Trails 2003
- Endangered Trails 2002