Hike the Hill


Hike the Hill 2018 will take place from February 10th-14th. Saturday, February 10th will be PNTS only meetings.

Now in its 20th year, Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between the Partnership for the National Trail System and the American Hiking Society aimed at increasing congressional and federal agency leader awareness of funding and other needs that sustain the National Trails System. Each February, trail partners and organizations from across the nation head to Washington, D.C. to discuss current initiatives, legislation, and goals for the future with federal partners, congressmen or their staff, and fellow trail organizations.


A room block is reserved is the Washington Plaza Hotel. Rates are as follows:

Double Room / Single Room
Friday, February 9th – $99+tax
Saturday, February 10th – $99+tax
Sunday, February 11th – $99+tax
Monday, February 12th – $139+tax
Tuesday, February 13th – $139+tax
Wednesday, February 14th – $139+tax
Thursday, February 15th – $139+tax

To make reservations at these rates, please call the Washington Plaza Hotel at (202) 842-1300 and mention “Hike the Hill” when booking. To receive these discounted rates, reservations must be made no later than January 19th.


Saturday, February 10
PNTS Business Meetings – PNTS board and Trail Leaders Council meeting, open to leaders from national scenic and historic trail organizations (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Sunday, February 11
Issue briefings from federal agencies and partners (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Networking lunch included
5 P.M. — Welcoming Reception (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Monday, February 12
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
5:30 – 8:00 – 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System reception. Reception will be held at the Russel Senate Office, Kennedy Caucus Room. RSVP required.
Tuesday, February 13
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
Wednesday, February 14
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
5 P.M. — Policy Wrap Up Discussion (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Thursday, February 15
Other meetings as needed, if necessary

Schedule Notes
This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.
It is not too early to begin to request meetings with your Congressional delegations.
It is important to realize that as at most conferences, invariably attendees have to make a choice between conflicting activities/meetings. Due to the last-minute changes and availability of federal agency partners and elected officials, many meetings will be subject to last-minute changes in time and venue.


Registration is now available here.

Registration payment is required for NGO staff and partners ONLY. Federal employees are invited to attend sessions, but do not have to pay.  However, we encourage Federal employees to register to get an accurate head count for the Saturday and Sunday briefings.  Federal employees should also register separately for the 50th Anniversary Reception on Monday evening.


Mark your calendars. On Monday, February 12th a reception will be held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System from 5:30 – 8:00 – at the Russell Senate Office, Kennedy Caucus Room. RSVP required. Learn more and RSVP.