Instagram Effect? Number of Seattle-Area Hikers Has Doubled

April 2, 2018

The Seattle Times delves into some of the reasons behind the rapid spike in Seattle-area hikers over the last 10 years.

Excerpt: More than 940,000 adults who live in the Seattle area say they’ve been hiking in the past 12 months — double the number from 2008, according to survey data from market-research firm Nielsen.

Part of the reason there are so many more hikers here is the same reason that traffic is so much worse these days — there’s just a lot more people living here. But that’s not the whole story.

In fact, the increase in the number of hikers is seven times greater than our population growth over the past decade.

Hiking has always been popular in Seattle, for obvious reasons. But right now, hiking is having its moment.

Read the full article in The Seattle Times.