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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…

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…

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…

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…

How to Prepare

Prepare for a PNT thru-hike
So you’ve decided to attempt a thru-hike? Congratulations, that’s the first step of millions you’ll take by the time that you see this thing through! It’s a common sentiment among…