Hike the Hill

About

Now in its 22nd 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.

Lodging

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, or register online here. To receive these discounted rates, reservations must be made no later than Friday, January 18th.

Schedule

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 (Attendance Highly Recommended for all Hike the Hill® Participants)
• Issue briefings from federal agencies and partners (Washington Plaza Hotel)
• Advocacy Overview and Legislative Updates (Washington Plaza Hotel)
• Informal evening networking

Monday, February 11
Agency and Group Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA

Tuesday, February 12
• Agency and Group Hill Meetings–Schedules TBA
• Reception at REI 5:30-7:30PM

Wednesday, February 13
• Agency and Group 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

Registration payment is required for NGO staff and partners ONLY. Federal employees are invited to attend sessions at no cost. However, we encourage Federal employees to register to get an accurate head count for the Saturday and Sunday briefings.

T-Shirts

Purchase a 2019 Hike the Hill T-shirt for $20 to help support the Partnership for the National Trails System in their advocacy efforts. This shirt can be worn under a blazer when attending, in support of the efforts, or as a way to remember this year’s event. Orders must be placed by January 14, 2019 and are expected to arrive before February 1, 2019.

Scholarships

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.