Hike the Hill


Now in its 21st 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
Saturday, February 9th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Sunday, February 10th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Monday, February 11th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Tuesday, February 12th – $139 (single/double)/$169 (triple)
Wednesday, February 13th – $139 (single/double)/$169 (triple)
Thursday, February 14th – $139 (single/double)/$169 (triple)

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.


Hike the Hill 2019 will take place from February 9th-14th. Saturday, February 9th will be PNTS only meetings.

Saturday, February 9
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 10
Issue briefings from federal agencies and partners (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Welcoming Reception (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Monday, February 11
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
Tuesday, February 12
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
Wednesday, February 13
Agency and Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
Policy Wrap Up Discussion (Washington Plaza Hotel)
Thursday, February 14
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 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.

Registration coming soon.


American Hiking Society (AHS) invites applications for its second class of NextGen Trail Leaders. They’re looking for rising stars in the outdoor community, from all walks of life and across the country, to be the voice of young hikers through advocacy and stewardship to protect public lands. Must be between the ages of 18-40. Deadline to apply is December 3, 2018.