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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…

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…

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,…

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…

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary

PNT founder, Ron Strickland summoned 2017 PNT thru-hiker, Tyler Yates, to the stage to speak about the wilderness character of the PNT.    Celebrating our 40th Anniversary On a foggy…

Meet Analeise Dowd, a PNT legacy

An Interview With an Aspiring 2017 Thru-hiker   How do you close a circle by walking a line? If you were to trace the route of the Pacific Northwest Trail…

PNTA’s Next Executive Director

Jeff Kish - Executive Director
The Board of Directors has selected Jeff Kish as PNTA’s next Executive Director. Jeff is an accomplished thru-hiker who comes to the PNTA with completed end-to-end hikes of both the…