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Trail Wiki Mission

Trail Wiki's mission is to create the largest user contributed hiking guide in the world.

What Is Trail Wiki

Trail Wiki is a free website for finding hiking trails throughout the United States. Trail Wiki is a user contributed website that anyone can edit. Trail Wiki is a registered trade mark of the Trail Wiki Foundation, and is a registered 501c3 non profit organization..

How It Began

Trail Wiki was an idea I came up with in the summer of 2008 while I was out backpacking. I have just about every hiking book imaginable, but a book just wasn't good enough. I still wanted real time dynamic information on trails. Is the road washed out, bridge out, are the flowers bloomed, is there still snow. These are all questions a guide book can't answer. Guide books also usually don't have pictures to give you an idea of what to expect. I know there is a few websites with trip report forums, but non of them have information on the actual trail. They are all just simple forms to post the trail name and information about your trip. I wanted a website that would tell you everything you need to know to plan the trip as well as current trip reports. I have a background in web development and I knew it could be done. I wanted the content to be dynamic and able to be edited by anyone to provide the most up to date information. Wikipedia.org is a website that built code just for that purpose. I did some research and found that Mediawiki is the source code project for Wikipedia. Mediawiki is open source and free to use and modify which makes it the perfect fit for what I wanted to accomplish without coding everything from scratch. Over the next 6 months I played around with Mediawiki's code to learn its structure. Spring 2009 I was quickly eager to start working on Trail Wiki after taking my first overnight trip of the year. After over a year of hard work I felt that Trail Wiki was ready for a public release on February 1st, 2010.

In 2010 I worked on Trail Wiki off and on throughout the year. Winter of 2010 my plan was to really dive into Trail Wiki and add more features and trails. That never happen as in October of 2010 my fiance and I decided to plan a Pacific Crest Trail Thru-hike for the 2011 season. My Trail Wiki plans where put on hold to take my love for hiking to the next level. My fiance and I had our wedding on April 9th, 2011 and flew out of Seattle to California 10 days later to start our PCT thru-hike on April 20th, 2011. After our 2011 thru-hike I was once again eager to devote more time to Trail Wiki. In the fall of 2011 Trail Wiki went from 140 trails to 400+ as well as adding additional features such as, user voted difficulty rating, user voted trail ratings, threaded trip report pages, WYSIWYG Editor, Facebook and Twitter feeds, a new look and color scheme, Google map overlays and map filtering.

Trail Wiki's promise to you:

  • This site is free for all to use and will always remain that way!
  • Trail Wiki will always remain live and accessible to everyone.
  • All donations made to Trail Wiki will go towards the expansion of the website

Development Plan

Trail Wiki has big plans to expand website features as well as website content. Our first goal is expanding the websites features to allow for easier navigation, better user interaction, and mapping features. Learn more on our Development Plan page.

A website without any content is just a bunch of blank pages. That's why we are working on expanding Trail Wiki from the small Washington based hiking website Trail Wiki used to be to a nation wide hiking knowledgebase. Currently (summer of 2013) my wife and I are traveling across California, Utah, and Colorado hiking and adding trails daily. The next step is to create a 503(c) non-profit and contact corporations for their support. Once we have corporate support and backing I can then give kickbacks to contributors and keep people motivated to add new content.

Trail Wiki has been 100% funded by myself until May of 2013 when I started reaching out to companies for corporate backing.

To learn more about donating please visit the Donate page

Contact Trail Wiki

The primary line of communication with Trail Wiki is through email, please send all requests or comments to admin@TrailWiki.org.

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