Hello, there! 

My friends Grace, Margaret, and I are participating in the Washington Trails Association's Hike-a-Thon, an annual event where hikers join forces during the month of August to raise funds for WTA. Our team is called "The Big Three" and we're really excited to give back and help raise money and awareness for WTA!

The Washington Trails Association (www.wta.org) is a non-profit hiking organization in Washington State. WTA manages a free database of hikes through the state, mobilizes thousands (thousands!!) of volunteers each year to perform trail maintenance, empowers youth leaders to get kids and teens outdoors via their Outdoor Leadership Training Program, and advocates for hikers on policy issues like trail access and funding.

WTA holds a special place in my heart. As a new Washington State resident in 2009, I leaned on WTA's free database of trails and trip reports to learn about trails and hiking. Later on, I volunteered with WTA as a Hiking Guide Correspondent, an experience that ended up being the foundation for writing my book, 75 Great Hikes Seattle. I'm still volunteering for WTA today, writing and researching about trails.

I've learned and grown so much because WTA exists, and hope you will join us to raise funds for this incredible organization. You can make a one-time donation (no amount is too small!) or pledge to donate a certain amount for every mile hiked in the month of August. Our fundraising page is here.

Folks who donate $50 or more automatically receive a WTA membership. You can send an email to membership@wta.org to opt out, or to renew your current membership.

Thank you so much for your support! 

Melissa