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Hike the State with WTA
Find your next adventure with WTA! Discover new-to-you hikes from around the state, hand-picked and presented by the staff of WTA.

This event is free and 100% online. In addition to 15+ hike recommendations, you'll hear about how WTA's hike finder tools and trail smart resources can help you plan your perfect hike.

A recording will be made available to all registrants who are unable to attend the event live.

Jun 8, 2022 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jaime Loucky
Interim CEO
Growing up in Bellingham, with the North Cascades practically in his backyard, Jaime developed a lifelong passion for hiking, backpacking and spending time surrounded by trees and mountains. That passion followed him as he traveled to the East Coast and abroad, and ultimately to NYC, where he learned to appreciate the urban green spaces of Prospect and Central Parks. Jaime eventually moved back to the Pacific Northwest, but not before buying a campervan and taking a year-long road trip with his wife, visiting 47 National Parks and Forests in the process. He comes to WTA with extensive experience in strategic planning and organizational development, and an ever-growing list of favorite hikes, hot springs and hidden boondocking spots.
Anna Roth
Hiking Content Manager
Anna came back to Washington after two years in Colorado and not enough coastline. She joined a WTA work party on National Public Lands Day in 2012, and less than a year later started at WTA. Now, she researches hikes and works with a team of correspondents who help her improve WTA's hiking guide. She’s happy to hike anywhere, whether it's a miles-long walk through her neighborhood or a multi-day backpacking trip, as long as the payoff is a view from a mountain top, ridge, or pass.
Tiffany Chou
Communications Coordinator
Although Tiffany was born in New Jersey, she grew up in Washington and considers Seattle home. After studying biology and computer science, she worked as a software engineer for 3.5 years until she discovered her love of hiking. She completed a southbound thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019, then spent the next 2 years taking teenagers on backpacking trips as a wilderness instructor. She is also a certified remote EMT! Tiffany originally joined WTA as a part of their Emerging Leaders Program, then found her way to the amazing Communications Team. She's usually either out backpacking, hiking, or on a neighborhood walk.
Jessi Loerch
Washington Trails Editor
Jessi was born in Washington, but grew up camping, hiking and skiing in Idaho. She moved back to Washington for college and hasn't left since. Her background is in journalism, where her favorite stories were always anything to do with the outdoor world. At WTA, Jessi edits Washington Trails and works on other communication projects. She loves to ask questions, and appreciates that her job encourages her to be endlessly curious. When she's not at work, Jessi prefers to be on the trail—any trail, in any weather. Her current goal is to finish backpacking all of the PCT in Washington state.
Holly Weiler
Eastern Washington Regional Coordinator
Holly’s passion for trails has its roots in trail running, but over the years she has transitioned into a seasoned backpacker who loves her time in the backcountry. When she’s not running or backpacking, you can find her doing trail maintenance. An early introduction to trail work through Conservation Northwest turned into a bit of an obsession, and she's now the proud owner of four crosscut saws and two pulaskis. After several seasons of volunteer trail work and Hike-a-Thoning for WTA, she's excited to be doing outreach and leading trail work in the Spokane area—that is, when she’s not working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.
Grady Olson
Development Operations and Analytics Manager
Hailing from Kirkland, Washington, Grady began at WTA, like many others, as a volunteer on a trail crew. After two work parties, he took a three-year hiatus before returning to continue building trails and friendships. Now an assistant crew leader and member of the development team, Grady hopes to continue to foster the WTA community that initially attracted him to the organization. Grady works to ensure all systems runs smoothly for the development team and across all teams at WTA. He has explored much of the western US, including Oregon, Montana, and a summer season of bagging 14ers in Colorado, but keeps returning to Washington’s wild places because of the beauty, diversity, and wonder so close to home. Grady is happy anywhere outside in Washington state, but has a fondness for the tops of mountains and the paths that circle these behemoths.
Allie Tripp
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Allie grew up all along the Eastern seaboard and fell in love with the outdoors camping as a girl scout. She spent her first 2.5 years at WTA as the Annual Fund and Events Manager and then moved into the newly created Strategic Initiatives Manager role in 2018 to manage the organization's strategic campaigns. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at UW, and before joining the team at WTA she worked at a variety of different environmental and youth serving nonprofits in Seattle and Boston. You might see her on trails in the Teanaway or bird watching on the coast.