Hike the Hill

Registration is now open for Hike the Hill® 2023!

Virtual Issue Briefings January 23-27, 2023
In-Person Hike the Hill® in Washington, DC February 12-17, 2023

 

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Celebrating its 26th year, Hike the Hill® is a joint effort between American Hiking Society and Partnership for the National Trails System to bring together the trails community to advance shared trail priorities with congressional and federal agency leaders including: trails funding, public lands management and conservation, equitable access, and other top priority issues that sustain trails and improve access to public lands.

In 2023 trail partners from across the nation will come together for virtual issue briefings (Week of January 23), in-person group meetings, and a Trails Celebration at REI (Week of February 12) to advocate for legislation, learn about new policies, and meet with federal partners, elected officials and their staff, and fellow trail organizations.

*Registration does not guarantee a speaking role or attendance in group meetings. Participation may be limited due to capacity, issue focus, or any other reason.


Registration Types

In-Person Hike the Hill® + PNTS Board Meeting and Trails Leader Council Meeting (incl. Lunch)- $170
  • Everything under In-Person Hike the Hill® + Sunday (2/12) PNTS Board Meeting and Trails Leader Council Meeting (Lunch Included).
In- Person Hike the Hill® (Sunday Afternoon Sessions + REI Party)- $115
  • Sunday Afternoon Welcome Session and Agency Trail Leads Meeting (Light Refreshments Included)
  • REI Party on Wednesday, February 15 from 5:30-7:30pm (Light Refreshments Included)
  • Hike the Hill® Issue Briefings (Live and Recording Available)
  • Training Session and Resources on Running an Effective Virtual Congressional Meeting
  • Hike the Hill® Branded Advocacy Materials for Congressional Meetings (Talking Points, Fact Sheets, and Leave Behinds)
  • Group meetings with congressional committee and agency staff. (Registration does not guarantee a speaking role in group meetings. Participation may be limited due to capacity, issue focus, or any other reason.) 
  • Individual Congressional Office Meetings (scheduled on your own) as part of the collective Hike the Hill® effort.
Virtual Hike the Hill® Participation (Virtual Issue Briefings and Virtual Resources ONLY- NO Group Meetings)- $40
    • Hike the Hill® Issue Briefings (Live and Recording Available)
    • Training Session and Resources on Running an Effective Virtual Congressional Meeting
    • Hike the Hill® Branded Advocacy Materials for Congressional Meetings (Talking Points, Fact Sheets, and Leave Behinds)
    • No Group Meeting Participation is Available for Virtual Participants
    • Individual registration is not shareable

For information on group registration email tray@americanhiking.org

Registration is non-refundable after January 12. 

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Tentative Schedule

Week of January 23 (Afternoons Eastern Time): Virtual Issue Briefings on: 

Congress 101/Preview of 118th Congress

Appropriations Overview

Land Acquisition and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Updates

National Historic and Scenic Trail Legislation

Outdoor Equity and Access Legislation

Transportation Opportunities for Trails

National Park Conservation Association and National Trust for Historic Preservation Legislative Priorities Presentation

and more to come!

 

February 12-17: In-Person Hike the Hill® in Washington, DC

Meetings to be scheduled/requested:

Bureau of Land Management

US Forest Service

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

House and Senate Appropriations Committee

House and Senate Natural Resources Committee

Additional group meetings are also possible

 

Sunday, February 12: 

10:00am-12:00pm PNTS Board Meeting

12:00-12:30pm Break/Lunch for Board Meeting and Trail Leaders Council Participants

12:30pm- 2:00pm PNTS Trail Leaders Council Meeting 

2:30 pm- 4:30pm  Welcome Session and Agency Trail Leads Meeting

Monday, February 13

1pm National Park Service Leadership

Congressional Office Meetings (Scheduled on your own)

Tuesday, February 14

Congressional Office Meetings (Scheduled on your own)

Wednesday, February 15

Congressional Office Meetings (Scheduled on your own)

5:30-7:30 pm Trails Celebration at REI DC Flagship Store (5:30pm EST)

Thursday, February 16

Congressional Office Meetings (Scheduled on your own)

Friday, February 17

Congressional Office Meetings (Scheduled on your own)


Host Hotel

The Washington Plaza Hotel will continue to serve as the host hotel for Hike the Hill®. A limited room block has been secured for $149/night (Single)/$169/night (Double). 

Room Reservations can be made at this link or by calling the Washington Plaza Hotel directly at 800-424-1140 and reference “Partnership for the National Trails System“. The deadline to make a room block reservation is January 12, 2013


If this is your first Hike the Hill®, you haven’t attended in a few years, or are looking to return to Washington, DC, we encourage you to join us in 2023!

Please reach out to Tyler Ray, tray@americanhiking.org or Cara Yendrzeski, cara@pnts.org with any questions.


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