Hike the Hill

UPDATE (9/28/2020)

Dear friends,

After thought and consultation, we are pleased to announce that Hike the Hill 2021 will be held virtually in March 2021 due to the persisting COVID-19 pandemic. Specific dates, registration, and additional information will be announced in the coming months.

While a virtual format will inevitably change some aspects of the event, we are committed to ensuring that Hike the Hill remains an effective and valuable experience that yields positive results for the trails community and the National Trails System. The virtual format gives us an opportunity to refresh aspects of the event and to welcome additional participants who may not be able to participate in-person in Washington D.C. 

As a past participant and/or member of the National Trails community, we ask for your input to help us outline Hike the Hill 2021. Please take a few moments to respond to a brief survey by Friday, October 16, 2020.

Also, please feel free to share any additional thoughts or comments with us. Please direct your comments to:  tray@americanhiking.org and valerie@pnts.org

About

Now in its 23rd 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 legislation, current policies, and goals with federal partners, congressmen or their staff, and fellow trail organizations.

2020 Lodging

A room block is reserved at the Washington Plaza Hotel.  2020 rates are as follows:

Double Room / Single Room
Friday, February 7th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Saturday, February 8th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Sunday, February 9th – $109+tax (single/double) // $139 (triple)
Monday, February 10th – $139+tax (single/double) // $169 (triple)
Tuesday, February 11th – $139 (single/double)/$169 (triple)
Wednesday, February 12th – $139 (single/double)/$169 (triple)
Thursday, February 13th – $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, or book online here. To receive these discounted rates, reservations must be made no later than Friday, January 17th.

Hike the Hill 2020 Preliminary Schedule

January 22, 3PM EST (Pre-Hike the Hill)

  • Pre-Hike the Hill Webinar (Recorded Webinar will be available) Register for the webinar here.

Hike the Hill 2020 will take place from February 8th-13th. Saturday, February 8th will be PNTS only meetings.

Saturday, February 8

  • 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 9 (Participation Highly Recommended for all Hike the Hill® Participants)

Participation in issue briefing and advocacy overview is highly encouraged if attending Hike the Hill®

  • Issue briefings from federal agencies and partners (Washington Plaza Hotel)
  • Advocacy Overview and Legislative Updates (Washington Plaza Hotel)  (Participation in issue briefing and advocacy overview is highly encouraged if attending Hike the Hill®)
  • Gary Werner Retirement Celebration– Sunday evening 5:30-7:30PM  (Washington Plaza Hotel) (Additional cost of $45, register by February 3rd)

Monday, February 10

  • Agency and Group Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA

Tuesday, February 11

  • Agency and Group Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
  • Party at REI DC Flagship- 5:30-7:30PM (light refreshments provided)

Wednesday, February 12

  • Agency and Group Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
  • Policy Wrap Up Discussion- 5-7PM (Washington Plaza Hotel)

Thursday, February 13

  • Trails Move People Convening (contact Mike Passo, American Trails, mikepasso@americantrails.org for additional information)
  • Other meetings as needed, if necessary

Friday, February 14 (Hike the Hill officially over, except for participants of Trails Move People Convening)

  • Trails Move People Convening (contact Mike Passo, American Trails, mikepasso@americantrails.org for additional information)

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.

2020 Registration Options

*** There are 4 different registration options for Hike the Hill. Please review the registration types carefully to ensure you are registering for the intended days.***

  1. Saturday PNTS meeting w/ lunch + Sunday PNTS Briefing + Hike the Hill Mon-Thurs $210 early bird price ($259 after Jan. 12) 

On Saturday the Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS) will host a board meeting (limited to PNTS members organizations only). (Registration covers administrative fees, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments). On Sunday we will hold a briefing from agency partners and a presentation on issues to be discussed during Hike the Hill. (Open to all participants) (Registration covers administrative fees, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments)

  1. *Recommended*- Sunday Agency and Issue Briefings + Hike the Hill Mon-Thurs $134 early bird ($184 after Jan. 12)

On Sunday we will hold a briefing from agency partners and a presentation on issues to be discussed during Hike the Hill. (Open to all participants) (Registration covers administrative fees, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments)

  1. Hike the Hill Mon-Thurs; NO Sat or Sun briefings $75

On Monday-Thursday Hike the Hill participants will attend a reception and have the opportunity to schedule congressional and agency meetings (meetings not guaranteed as part of registration). (Hike the Hill registration costs cover reception, administrative costs, and a pre-Hike the hill legislative webinar)

  1. Federal Employees (Multiple options based on Sat/Sun attendance and option to purchase lunch)

*Federal Employees* Please register to indicate attendance on Saturday or Sunday. NO REGISTRATION FEE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. If you would like to join us for lunch a cost of $20 per day is required (please select that option from the drop down).

Hike the Hill 2020 online registration form here or below.

Fill out my online form.

Hike the Hill 2020 offline registration form here.

If you have any questions, email tray@americanhiking.org.