Hike the Hill®

Sunday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Hike the Hill® is a joint effort by
American Hiking Society and the Partnership for the National Trails System

Registration for 2018 is Closed
Please Contact TRay@AmericanHiking.org for More Info

Hike the Hill registration includes:

  • Sunday issues briefings
  • Buffet networking lunch on Sunday
  • Sunday welcome reception
  • Agency meetings
  • Magnification of your voice on the Hill by meeting with Congressional members as a group
  • 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System reception – Monday evening reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, Russell Senate Building, Kennedy Caucus Room.  RSVP required.

The Partnership for the National Trails System will host a meeting for board members and Trail Leaders Council delegates and trail organization leaders on Saturday, February 10, 2018. An attendance fee is charged separately for this meeting to offset the cost of the room and lunch.

Hotel Reservation Information

The Washington Plaza Hotel in Northwest, DC, will once again serve as the Hike the Hill headquarters hotel.  We have negotiated reasonable rates for this area and have streamlined the reservation process for your convenience. The hotel is walkable to the metro rail system and you can find several restaurants, etc. in the area.  They have kindly agreed to extend the HTH rate from Friday, February 9 to Thursday, February 15 if anyone finds they need to arrive earlier or stay later.  Room reservations must be made by January 19, 2018.

2018 Hike the Hill Room Rate:

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

A room block is reserved is the Washington Plaza Hotel.  Please make your reservations by calling:  800.424.1140 or 202.842.1300.  Be sure to reference Hike the Hill when calling.

Hike the Hill 2018 Preliminary Schedule

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.


Download a mail-in 2018 Hike the Hill Registration Form or register online below.

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 would still like Federal employees to register to get an accurate headcount for the Saturday and Sunday briefings.  To register please click on the REGISTER button below. Federal employees should also register separately for the 50th Anniversary Reception on Monday evening.  Link to RSVP to the reception.

NextGen Advocates

David Rosehill

American Hiking Society (AHS) invites nominations for NextGen Advocates to participate in the 2018 Hike the Hill®  event, February 11 - 14.  Hike the Hill, jointly organized by AHS and the Partnership for the National Trails System, is an annual advocacy event in Washington, DC in support of the preservation of trails and conservation of public lands.  Most Hike the Hill® participants represent trail organizations across the country and have lobbying experience.  The purpose of the new AHS NextGen Advocate program is to engage the next generation of hikers in advocacy.  Nominations closed at midnight December 31, 2017.

Selected NextGen Advocates will:
  • Receive training on policy issues and lobbying;
  • Along with experienced trail advocates, participate in advocacy meetings with members of Congress on issues of concern to AHS and its members; and
  • Participate in live Facebook chats and/or other social media events organized by AHS to share their experiences at Hike the Hill®.
AHS Sponsorship for NextGen Advocates will include:
  • Round-trip airfare or travel costs to/from Washington, DC (up to $500 reimbursement);
  • 3 nights hotel in Washington DC (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday night) (up to $400 reimbursement, including all taxes and fees);
  • Registration for Hike the Hill®;
  • Meals including welcome reception on Sunday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on  Monday, and Tuesday; and breakfast on Wednesday up to $15 per meal Monday through Wednesday.
  • 1 year Hiker membership to AHS.

NextGen Advocates will be responsible for any expenses outside of those listed above.

Nominees should be:
  • Between the ages of 18 and 40;
  • Rising stars in and demonstrably passionate about outdoor advocacy; and
  • Excellent, dynamic communicators;