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Clearing a Path Through the Pasayten

Boundary Trail Pasayten Wilderness
How PNTA and our partners battled blowdowns and years of wildfire damage to restore access to the Boundary Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness Pressed up against the jagged peaks that…

Meet Our 2019 Performance Trail Crews

PNTA Performance Trail Crew
Meet the six hard-working trail crews that spend the summer working on the Pacific Northwest Trail. Our Performance Trail Crews are seasonal trail maintenance and construction teams that keep the Pacific…

Meet Our 2019 Crew Leaders

  Get to know the nine dedicated trail crew leaders who lead our Performance Trail Crews. Each week, we’ll introduce a new member of our team in this blog! During…

New Trailhead Shuttle Available

Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus)
As America’s wildest and most remote National Scenic Trail, simply getting to the Pacific Northwest Trail can be an adventure, especially for those traveling without personal transportation. On the west…

Youth Crew Heroes Campaign

Youth Crew Heroes Campaign
Watch our Youth Crew Heroes video to learn more about our youth service programs. At PNTA, we love to build great trail, but we also love to build great youth. Last November, Pacific Northwest Trail…

New Leadership in Trail Operations

  Following 14 years of service, the PNTA’s Director of Trail Operations, Lewis Trout retired this September. His departure will create new opportunities within the Association and allow for organizational…

Hiking East Against the Grain

Pacific Northwest Trail Terminuses
An Interview with Two Eastbound Hikers “Although most use of long-distance trails is for day hiking, the romantic lure and ultimate justification of such routes lie over the horizon.” -Ron…

QRC Takes Youth Outdoors

Getting Youth Outdoors
  Back in 1992, before smartphones and life online, the US Forest Service created the Quilcene Ranger Corps program. Middle school students from Quilcene, a small town nestled between the Olympic…

PNTA Works on Pasayten

Pasayten Wilderness
  Restoring the Pacific Northwest Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness after last year’s Diamond Creek Fire is a priority for the Association and our partners in 2018.   Nearly 100…

Thru-hiker Gives Back

PNTA Log-out Crew
  After thru-hiking the Pacific Northwest Trail from end-to-end last year, Christian “Blues Clues” Frey returned to the PNT for his Fourth of July holiday, not to hike the trail,…

2018 Bellingham Ruck

ALDHA-West Bellingham Ruck
Each year, the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West brings together a diverse group of hikers for a series of fun backpacking clinics, called “Rucks” across the Western States. New for…

Meet the 2018 Groundskeepers

meet 2018 groundskeepers
Inspired by the Packing It Out team, Granite Gear’s Grounds Keepers Program was created to inspire others to value our outdoor areas and pack out trash as they hike along.…

Best Films on the Pacific Northwest Trail

Best Films Pacific Northwest Trail
With the Pacific Northwest Trail buried under heavy snow and with some mountain roads blocked by avalanche debris, thru-hiking season is still months away. Until then, here is a collection…

Trail towns offer business, friendships

Hikers “Tinkerbell,” “Roadrunner,” “Iceberg” and “Pacer”  travel the Pacific Northwest Trail from Glacier National Park to the Pacific, stopping in trail towns like Republic for supplies and human contact. Photo…

The 1,200 Miler Project

1200 Milers Project
Ron Strickland and Ted Hitzroth arrive at the Pacific Ocean on their 1983 exploratory thru-hike. Photo by Ron Strickland.   Record numbers of thru-hikers have flocked to attempt the Pacific…