WTA Activist Outings
— filed under: Advocacy Opportunity, Guided Hike
Join WTA for a fact finding hike in our national forests.
What Advocacy Opportunity
When Jul 11, 2009 12:00 AM to
Sep 26, 2009 12:00 AM
Contact Name Jonathan
Contact Phone 206-625-1367
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In an effort to better understand the current state of motorized use in our national forests, Washington Trails Association will be leading a number of activist outings this summer. These exploratory hikes will be geared at gathering on the ground information for specific trails and areas of concern. This data will help WTA better understand what areas of our national forests need better protection or enforcement.
Hiker activists will meet WTA’s advocacy director, Jonathan Guzzo, at the trailhead. Then you’ll begin to explore the area looking for signs of resource damage, ORV incursions or the potential access points into wilderness where motorize and non-motorized trails intersect. This information will be documented through photos and mapping locations, and will be used to help WTA efforts to protect hiking trails and wilderness during the National Forests’ Travel Management process.
July 11 – Mad River, from Chiwawa side (Wenatchee NF)
Distance: 12 mile loop Elevation gain: 1,250 feet
See the alpine meadows and wildflowers before this trail opens up to ORVs in late July.
August 1 – 2 Fortune Creek overnight exploration (Teanaway)
Distance: 10 mile lollipop, Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
A stunning Alpine Lakes-adjacent river valley with access to high-country basins; we’ll likely encounter 4X4s. Set-up camp in this beautiful area and spend two afternoons exploring surrounding trails to see if there is evidence of motorized incursions into wilderness.
September 12 – Langille Ridge (Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
Distance: 11 miles round-trip, Elevation Gain: 2800 feet
A classic huckleberry hike in the Dark Divide, with 360 degree views and great wildflowers.
September 26 – Johnson Ridge (Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF)
Distance: 9 miles round-trip, Elevation Gain: 2900 feet
Adjacent to the newly-minted Wild Sky Wilderness, Johnson Ridge is a great little out-and-back with good views.
If you can’t make it on an outing there are still opportunities for you to help WTA gather information. Take WTA’s ORV incursion reporting form with you on your next trip to the national forest and if you come across damage or riders in wilderness areas please let us know about it.
If you are interested in learning more about WTA activist outings or want to join a hike contact Jonathan Guzzo at firstname.lastname@example.org