America’s Wildest Trail is Yours to Explore and Yours to Protect

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From the Continental Divide to the Pacific, this 1,200 mile path is high for the views and long on adventure, ranking among the most scenic and rugged long-distance trails in the world.  Whether you have two hours or two months to explore, the PNT offers something for everyone.

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The PNT is among our newest National Scenic Trails. Learn how the PNTA and our partners are working to build a better PNT, today. Find out what you can do to get involved and to help permanently protect the trail for generations to come.

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Our members, volunteers, and trail crews, all make a difference by contributing to the Pacific Northwest Trail Association.  There are many fun ways to get involved and support trail stewardship and outdoor recreation in the Northwest.

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The Latest Stories From Our Trail Community

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Six Ways Volunteers Reshaped the PNT in 2021

Shared stewardship of the PNT is a partner and community-driven process. It involves coordinating a large and diverse community of professional and volunteer trail stewards, trail users, and many local stakeholders. With their help, the PNTA is working to maintain and enhance the Pacific Northwest Trail for generations to come.   It’s no secret that…
PNTA Olympic Trail Crew 2021

Restoring the Bogachiel Trail

The trail’s founder once said that the journey along the Pacific Northwest Trail is a lot like that of a raindrop that falls on the Continental Divide. They both start high in the Rocky Mountains and flow west until they reach the Pacific Ocean. On the final leg of that 1200-mile journey, it’s easy to…

Help Protect the PNT from Wildfire

The Northwest is experiencing near record drought this summer and the risk of fire is very high in many areas along the Pacific Northwest Trail. Yet, with a few basic precautions, elevated fire danger does not have to lead to a wildfire.  During fire season, the Association would like to remind our trail community to…

Updated Signage in Deception Pass State Park

The Pacific Northwest Trail is now a little easier to enjoy in Deception Pass State Park. This May, several PNTA board members from Washington State traveled to Deception Pass State Park to meet with association staff and hike through the park together, installing new thunderbird markers along the trail’s north/south route on Fidalgo and Whidbey…
Mt Zion Trail

2021 Season Outlook

With a route that traverses some of the snowiest mountain ranges in the lower ‘48, seasonality is one of the defining characteristics of the Pacific Northwest Trail. Full access to the trail corridor is only possible between July and September, which makes for a short and exciting season for hikers and trail builders alike. When…
Welcome to Olympic National Park by Ken Lund is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Pacific Northwest Trail Backcountry Permits in 2021

Between the Crown of the Continent in the Rocky Mountains and the Wilderness Coast, the Pacific Northwest Trail traverses three amazing national parks. It also crosses seven national forests and many other public lands, including state, county and municipal parks.  Camping regulations will vary in each of these places. You can help protect the PNT…