Our biennial trail awards recognize the efforts and achievements of exceptional individuals, organizations, and land managers working to make Washington State’s trails the nation’s best.
There are four award categories:
Honors an individual who has demonstrated longstanding and exceptional service to the trails of Washington State and its users. Areas of impact could include advocacy, planning, community engagement, construction, maintenance, and education.
Honors an individual, organization, or land manager who has had a significant, positive, contribution to any aspect of Washington’s trails over the past two years.
Honors an emerging leader who has distinguished themselves with a significant, positive contribution to any aspect of Washington’s trails over the last two years. Special consideration will be given for exceptional community service with a direct and specific benefit to youth outdoor recreation, fostering youth stewardship, or the use of trails by youth. Nominations will be considered for individuals who were under 30 years of age at the time of the contribution and for programs/organizations that are primarily composed of, or led by, youth or adults under age 30.
Honors a trail project which has demonstrated at least some of the following during the past five years: exceptional planning, design, and implementation, public participation, creative funding, verified economic impact, outstanding user experience, and benefit to the local community. Applications will be accepted from any individual, organization, or government entity involved with, or directly impacted by, the trail.
Nominations for the 2024 Awards will open in July 2024.
Include a .docx format file, 750-word maximum with no graphics, which clearly presents the exceptional values of the individual or organization for which the nomination is submitted. This narrative should align with the criteria for the appropriate category.
The 2022 WSTC Trails Award Winners were announced during the Friday Night Out Reception of the Washington State Trails Conference in Everett.
- 2022 Outstanding Trail Award Winner – Canyon Creek Downhill
- 2022 Emerging Trail Award Winner – Hailey Bray
- 202 Trail Leader Award Winner – Yvonne Kraus
- 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Alan Carter Mortimer
The 2018 WSTC Trails Awards Winners were announced during the Friday Night Out Reception of the Washington State Trails Conference in Wenatchee.
The 2016 WSTC Trails Awards Winners were announced during the Friday Night Out Reception of the Washington State Trails Conference in Richland.