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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Seeking New PNTA Board Members

2023 marks 49 years since Ron Strickland first shared his vision for The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail – one of ecological diversity, environmental conservation, and access to some of the Northwest’s wildest places. It took 34 years of grassroots advocacy led by the PNTA for the trail to receive congressional designation, and today we…
Wildflower Filled Meadows on the PNT

Draft Pacific Northwest Trail Comprehensive Management Plan Available for Public Comment

Summary The Forest Service has released a draft of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Comprehensive Management plan for public comment. The plan is currently undergoing an Environmental Assessment, which is an important step in the plan’s development and required before the plan can be approved by the Secretary of Agriculture. Public comments collected in…

26th Annual Hike the Hill Event

Each February, advocates from the Partnership for the National Trails System, American Hiking Society and the member organizations and affiliates who represent our 30 national scenic and historic trails assemble in Washington DC to Hike the Hill. This year, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association was represented by Executive Director, Jeff Kish and Senior Consultant, Mike…

PNT Comprehensive Plan Update

What is the PNT comprehensive plan? In 2009, the US Congress designated the Pacific Northwest Trail as a national scenic trail, making it one of the newest trails to be added to America’s 55,000-mile National Trails System.  As a national scenic trail, the PNT is subject to the legislative requirements of The National Trails System…
volunteers reshaped the PNT

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 Shape the Future of the

PNTA Executive Director Jeff Kish provides an exciting update on the PNT, America’s youngest national scenic trail. In 2024, the PNT will enter an exciting new chapter in its history. There has never been a more important time to get involved!