Pacific Northwest Trail Association
Explore the Northwest
The 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST), running from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean, ranks among the most scenic trails in the world. This carefully chosen path is high for the views and long on adventure. It includes the Rocky Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Olympic Mountains, and Wilderness Coast. The trail crosses 3 National Parks and 7 National Forests. You can play an important role in developing, enjoying, and preserving the PNNST. Whether you are a PNNST hiker or volunteer, this web site welcomes you and offers you information, fellowship, and a forum to learn and share experiences. Please Join us and become a member of the PNTA. Become a member.
As of October 31, 2013, Volunteers and Youth Crews contributed 30,300 hours on the PNNST.
Internship Position Available
The Forest Service and Pacific Northwest Trail Association are currently recruiting for a Planning & Outreach Specialist (Pacific Northwest Trail Intern) through the Student Conservation Association's Conservation Internship Program. This would be a 50-week position based in the office of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association in Sedro-Woolley, WA, with a unique focus on designing strategies and implementing projects to engage communities along the 1,200-mile length of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (MT, ID, and WA) in outdoor recreation, planning, and stewardship. Living and housing stipend, as well as health insurance coverage, are provided.
The Bi-Weekly R6 Update: Not Your Average Summer Camp
Story by Kelly Sprute, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF
Photos by Kelly Sprute and Jason Brooks, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF, Darrington RD - This year the Pacific Northwest Trail Association (PNTA) offered three summer session camps for 90 kids from communities in Skagit and Snohomish counties. It wasn't just a typical summer camp, but rather a weeklong experience for elementary-age kids to connect with nature and learn about the forest in their own backyard. The camps were free, thanks to partnerships with the USFS and Washington State Parks.
Whistler Canyon in Jeopardy
The PNTA has been working on a parcel of land in Northern Okanogan County since 2008 called Whistler Canyon . The BLM had a working agreement with the county to acquire the land through a Memorandum of Understanding with us, the Backcountry Horseman, and the County. The Trail has been built, the trailhead has been built, and the access road from US 97 has been built to the trailhead. Now through political pressure from a local funder for one of the Commissioners they've decided to back off from their agreements and sell off the land at public auction.
We have $34,000 that will be used for this but, we feel we need to raise an additional $40,000 or $50,000 to purchase the 70.9 acre ourselves to protect the investments we've already placed on the property. This land is prime habitat for mountain sheep, rocky mountain elk, wild turkeys, and other wildlife species, let alone the recreational use of the two trails on the property. Over 3500 users have used these segments of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail this summer. We have until December 13th to raise the monies to make this happen!
Please help support our Summer Youth Crews!
Trail Performance Crew Summer Youth Sponsorship Information
Trail Reroute Information
Starting sometime after June 1st of 2013 the Pacific Northwest Trail will be rerouted on Blanchard Mountain. Map #07-19 on the PNTA website has been redone to show this reroute. The reason for this is the Acorn Timber Sale, which will last approximately two years and during which time Max's Shortcut and the Larry Reed Trails will be inaccessible. Access to the Samish Overlook will also be affected.
If you're westbound the PNT will take off at Lily Lake over to Oyster Dome and follow the Samish Bay Trail to Chuckanut Drive. Eastbound the PNT will leave Chuckanut Drive at its current location, proceed up to the Samish Bay Trail, around Oyster Dome to Lily Lake, where it will tie to the British Army Trail.
Olympic National Park Trail Closure and Rules/Regs for backpacking:Boulder Creek Road from Glines Creek Dam, on Lake Mills, to the Olympic Hot Springs is closed. And some rules and regulations for backpacking in the park. ..more..
Shoring up Blum Creek Bridge
The PNTA works with the Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest on the Baker Lake section of the PNNST..more..
Whistler Canyon Trail to a Special Place
Rising from the Okanogan Valley, three miles south of Oroville, WA..more..
The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is dedicated to the construction, preservation and management of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in a manner that makes a lasting contribution to the recreation, education, and enjoyment of present and future generations.
When you join the Pacific Northwest Trail Association, you become a member of the group of people dedicated to preserving and protecting the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Every dollar we raise goes to support, construct and maintain the 1200 miles of trail. Become a Member
Corporate and Individual Sponsors play a critical role in supporting the efforts of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. Becoming a sponsor of the PNTA assist with construction, preservation and management of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in a manner that makes a lasting contribution to the recreation, education, and enjoyment of present and future generations. more information
By joining the Pacific Northwest Trail Association(PNTA), you're have taken the first step to help protect and preserve the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST) for future generations; but if you are interested in helping out even more, there are a number of opportunities available.
- Join a local Volunteer trail crew.
- Organize a local trail crew for a section of trail in your area.
- Help out at conferences and events.
- How to get involved