Washington Trails Association
Mission: To preserve, enhance, and promote hiking opportunities in Washington state through collaboration, education, advocacy and volunteer trail maintenance.
Hiking trails are our link to wilderness.
That people will protect the places they love to hike, from local parks to remote wilderness.
It is vitally important for everyone to have the opportunity to access the outdoors, and they are committed to reducing barriers to hiking trails and lands.
As the nation's largest state-based hiking nonprofit organization, Washington Trails Association is the voice for hikers in Washington state. They protect hiking trails and wildlands, take volunteers out to maintain trails, and promote hiking as a healthy, fun way to explore the outdoors.
Events We Have Partnered On:
Neighborhood Expo - April 6, 2016
Yelp Helps - October 21, 2010
Other Ways to Get Involved:
At WTA they love their hard-working volunteers. Washington's trails love their volunteers too. In 2015, more than 4,400 WTA volunteers helped maintain over 185 trails around the state.
They specialize in making trail maintenance a fun and safe way to give a little something back to the trails we love to hike. Regardless of trail experience and age, by the end of the day every volunteer knows the basics of trail maintenance. They hope by investing our time in teaching you trail maintenance you'll come back and join us again.
Day Work Parties
WTA fields one-day work parties Tuesday through Sunday year-round in the Puget Sound area. They also have regularly scheduled work parties in Northwest Washington, Southwest Washington, the Olympics and Spokane.
Give them a week. They’ll make it great! On a week-long volunteer vacation, you'll get some important work done during the day and enjoy camp with fellow volunteers in the evening. Vacations are offered spring, summer and fall.
Backcountry Response Teams (BCRTs)
BCRTs put the backpacking in trail maintenance, allowing volunteer crews to access trail maintenance needs further in the backcountry. Typically from 3 to 5 days in length, backcountry response teams are active spring, summer and fall.
Youth Trail Work
Nearly 25 percent of WTA volunteers are youth. Kids 10 and up are welcome to come out on any day work party. They also field special youth-oriented trail work, including family work parties, spring break and our week-long Youth Vacations for teens.
WTA relies on volunteer leaders all across Washington to help connect others to our love of trails. Assistant Crew Leaders embody the values of volunteerism that makes the WTA trail maintenance community great. They teach the next generation of trail stewards critical skills in safety, leadership, and trail maintenance.